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Polling Across The Pond

This Thursday, voters in the United Kingdom will cast ballots in parliamentary elections that are expected to be the closest and hardest to predict in decades. As American political junkies start to pore over the polls, I want to highlight some differences in methodology that teach valuable lessons

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 12:00am

Campaign Finance Fight Moves To Disclosure

Disclosure has become ground zero in the campaign finance wars now that the Supreme Court has lifted restrictions on political spending by corporations, unions and activist groups.The intensifying debate has raised questions that to go the heart of American political engagement. How much secrecy

Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 12:00am

The Week Ahead

There are several technology and telecom-related events this week. Here are some of the highlights: Tuesday: The New America Foundation will hold a noon discussion on "Federal Communications Commission: Toothless Regulator or Cop on the Beat?" Wednesday: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a 10:15 a.m. hearing on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The House Judiciary Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee is holding a 2 p.m. hearing on reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Thursday: The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a 10 a.m.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 5:25pm

Lawmakers Request FTC Briefing on Google-AdMob Deal

A bipartisan group of House Energy and Commerce Committee members Friday asked Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to request that the FTC brief the panel on its investigation of Google's proposed acquisition of mobile advertising provider AdMob. In the letter, Reps. John Barrow, D-Ga., Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, Frank Pallone, D-N.J., Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Steve Scalise, R-La., note recent press reports that indicate the FTC may impose conditions on the Google-Admob deal and of calls for the commission to provide close scrutiny of the deal.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 4:56pm

China, Others Cited For Not Doing Enough To Protect IP

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Friday released its annual "Special 301" report that identifies countries that are not doing enough to protect U.S. intellectual property and noted that three Eastern European countries have been moved off the watch list by making significant progress on the issue. The report "identifies a wide range of serious concerns, ranging from troubling 'indigenous innovation' policies that may unfairly disadvantage U.S.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 2:34pm

Brown-Waite To Retire

Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R) will step down at the end of this year, ending her 8-year career in Congress because of health problems, according to a statement released by her office.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 12:48pm

Nelson Warns About Performance Rights Bill

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., warned Thursday that he would oppose any efforts to attach legislation that would require AM and FM radio stations to pay a fee to musicians for playing their music on the air to another must-pass bill. Nelson, who is a co-sponsor of a non-binding Senate resolution opposing the performance rights bill, made the comments at the start of a Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee hearing on the Library of Commerce fiscal year 2011 budget request.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 12:20pm

Jewish Groups Lobby to End Foreign Oil Dependence

In an effort to thwart terrorist attacks against Israel, 17 Jewish groups put a full page ad in the New York Times today calling for the end of America's reliance on foreign oil. "By making energy security policy and climate change national priorities," the ad reads, "we can stop Iran from earning up to $100 million a day every day for the next for the next 40 years." At the heart of this effort is an attempt by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), who organized the ad-buy, to "mobilize the American Jewish community to support comprehensive energy security

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 11:45am

Derby Day Gets Political

LOUISVILLE, KY -- When is there ever any problem in having a horse in the Kentucky Derby? Perhaps when you're seeking to win the Dem SEN primary in the Bluegrass State a couple of weeks later and your opponent is claiming you're a "silver spoon" candidate.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 11:24am

IN Voters Have Establishment Fatigue

Hoosier State voters have helped Dems pick up seats in recent years, but the state is exhibiting clear signs of incumbent fatigue. On Tuesday, when voters head to the polls to pick federal nominees, several candidates with DC time on their resume could face more trouble than they expected.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 10:57am