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Privacy Groups Blast Draft Privacy Bill

A group of privacy advocates expressed strong disappointment with draft privacy legislation unveiled Tuesday by the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee, with some saying it might be worse than the status quo. While some of the groups praised Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 3:37pm

Strickland Uses First Ad To Attack

Gov. Ted Strickland (D) released his first TV ad today in the OH GOV race, attacking ex-Rep. John Kasich (R) for voting for trade deals like NAFTA and for working for Lehman Brothers after he left Congress. The ad features an ex-factory worker, Meghan Cofield, who says her job was "shipped to China" as a result of trade deals.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 3:14pm

Rubio Supports Drilling, Unsure On Mirandizing Suspect

Ex-FL House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) said today that even in light of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. oil drilling will continue.

"There is going to be drilling off the coast of the United States," Rubio told a gaggle of reporters while in DC for a fundraiser. "Venezuela's going to do it. China's going to do it. Russia's going to do it. Cuba might do it."

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 2:19pm

No New White House Rules On Health Care Lobbying

After Congress passed the $900 billion stimulus package in February 2009, the Obama administration implemented new restrictions on lobbyist communications with executive branch officials in an effort to reduce the influence of special interests. So when the health care bill passed in March, K Street wondered if the administration would create another set of rules on lobbyists working on its implementation. The answer is no, according to Nancy-Ann DeParle, head of the White House Office of Health Reform.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 1:53pm

Lipsen Named Head of Lawyers' Group

The American Association for Justice has tapped Linda Lipsen as its new chief executive officer. She succeeds the current CEO Tom Henderson, who has held the position on an interim basis since last May. Lipsen has served as the executive vice president for public affairs at AAJ since 1993. Before that, she directed the advocacy shop at the Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. In that post, she focused on antitrust, insurance reform and health care.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 1:41pm

Reid Mocks Lowden's Chickens

Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid's campaign is employing a novel way to collect email addresses while simultaneously mocking one of his potential opponents for suggesting constituents barter with chickens for their health care.

Reid's camp has launched a new Facebook game to poke fun at ex-NV GOP chair/ex-state Sen. Sue Lowden (R), who suggested early last month that bartering for health care was a common practice.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 12:37pm

Boucher Releases Draft Privacy Bill

House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., Tuesday released draft privacy legislation that would require Web sites to provide enhanced notice about how they use consumer information and obtain a user's consent before collecting sensitive information or sharing data about a consumer with some third parties. In an interview, Boucher said he will use the feedback from the draft to make some possible modifications to the measure. "The goal is to build the broadest base for establishment of consumer privacy protection for Internet users," he said.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 12:25pm

GOP Poll: Obama Under Water Among Indies

Pres. Obama's approval rating has shrunk 18 points among independent voters over the last year, according to a new survey from a group aiming to guide the GOP back to power.

The poll, conducted for Resurgent Republic, showed Obama's approval rating falling to 48%, down from 61% a year ago. Among independent voters, 41% approve of Obama's job performance while 52% disapprove, down from the 59% who approved of Obama's job performance last year.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 11:31am

Biden, Sebelius Announce More Health IT Awards

Vice President Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday that the Obama administration has awarded $220 million in grants to help fund pilot projects in 15 communities aimed at promoting the use of health information technology. The communities selected will use health IT resources to meet "specific and measureable" goals, tailored to the needs and priorities of those communities, aimed at improving quality, cost-efficiency and the health of the local population.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 10:50am

DSCC Investing In Specter Primary

The DSCC is spending a significant amount of money to ensure a former GOP Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) wins his May 18 primary, sources with knowledge of the move tell Hotline OnCall.

One source said the DSCC is using coordinated funds to help Specter keep a robust TV presence. Ads that tout Specter's candidacy now say they are paid for by the DSCC; last week, the disclaimers on the same ads indicated Specter's campaign had paid for them.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 10:48am