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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

CFTC, SEC To Seek IT Upgrades

Faced with the possibility of greater regulatory responsibilities, the Commodities Future Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission must upgrade their information technology systems, CFTC and SEC heads told Senate appropriators this week, reported. "While market participants have the technology to automate their trading, we do not yet have the resources to employ modern technology to automate our surveillance," CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 10:25am

A Tarheel Primary Preview

Tarheel voters head to the polls Tuesday, but a quiet battle between underfunded Dems could drag on as NC Sec/State Elaine Marshall (D) and ex-state Sen. Cal Cunningham (D) face off for the right to challenge Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).

Most polls show Marshall, who has been elected statewide 4 times, leading, but national Dems prefer Cunningham. Cunningham has already run TV ads, while Marshall just went up on air this week.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 10:07am

Dems Face Fickle Granite State

No state has sent more GOPers packing over the last 2 election cycles than NH, where Dems picked up 2 House seats and elected Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), along with the state legislature. But now, the Granite State may be swinging back.

A UNH Survey Center poll, conducted for WMUR, tested 462 likely voters between April 12-21 for a margin of error of +/- 4.6%. Rep. Paul Hodes (D) was pitted against ex-AG Kelly Ayotte (R), attorney Ovide Lamontagne (R) and businessmen Bill Binnie (R) and Jim Bender (R).

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 9:30am

Quigley On Lobbyists And Transparency

This week's advocacy and lobbying stories on National Journal: (subscription) "Q & A: Quigley On Lobbyists And Transparency: " The occupant of a historically corrupt House seat takes on ethics legislation. "FCC's Broadband Bummer:" The agency could counter a recent court setback by reclassifying broadband as a "heavily regulated" service. "On The Move:" John Hardy Jr.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 9:09am