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Go-Daddy To Stop Offering China's .CN Addresses

Go-Daddy, the nation's largest provider of Internet address registration services, announced Wednesday that it would stop providing new Internet address registration services for China's domestic domain name, cn. During testimony before a hearing on Internet control in China before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Go Daddy General Counsel and Executive Vice President Christine Jones said the firm would continue to manage existing .cn names. Go Daddy's announcement came just a few days after Google formerly stopped censoring its search results for users in China.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 2:43pm

Crist The Conservative In New Radio Spot

Fighting back against declining poll numbers and approval ratings among conservatives, FL Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is launching a new radio spot touting his conservative credentials.

It's the first ad Crist has run since Oct., and the first publicly noticeable expenditure of Crist's massive warchest in months.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 2:38pm

Verizon Urges New Approach To Net Regulation

Verizon's top lobbyist Wednesday urged Congress to rewrite telecommunications rules to limit the FCC's authority to regulate the Internet and instead require a more collaborative approach. In prepared remarks before the New Democrat Network, Tom Tauke, Verizon's executive vice president for public affairs, policy and communications, said that given the changing nature of today's communications landscape, traditional definitions of service providers do not apply given the variety of services they offer.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 2:35pm

GOP's Repeal Mantra Has Fans On Both Sides

Hotline executive editor John Mercurio takes a look at the GOP's health care reform repeal move, and why Dems are eager to have that fight:

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 1:32pm

Another GOPer Declines Gillibrand Challenge

Ex-Bush admin official Dan Senor (R) will not run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), becoming the latest GOPer to turn down the opportunity to take on the appointed Dem.

"Over the past few weeks, I took a very serious look at running for the Senate seat in New York," Senor said in a statement emailed to reporters. "I ultimately decided this wasn't the right time in my family and business life for me to run."

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 12:23pm

Health Insurers To Join Enroll America

Karen Ignagni, head of the health insurance industry's trade group, America's Health Insurance Plans, said the industry will be participating in Enroll America, a new nonprofit organization that will seek to get all people who qualify for government insurance subsidies or the expanded Medicaid program enrolled. "We have now about 10 million people who are eligible for public programs who are not on the rolls," Ignagni said in an interview. "You don't want to repeat that problem, both in public programs as well as private eligibility.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 12:03pm

IN Dems To Meet May 15

IN Dems will meet May 15 to formally nominate Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D) for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh (D), the party announced late yesterday.

State party chair Dan Parker will file the required paperwork with the state's elections division and send notice to central committee members on May 5. Any candidates who want to be considered must file paperwork with the elections office and the state party between May 5 and May 12.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:49am

Feds Will Rely On Technology To Implement Health Bill

The historic health care reform bill President Obama signed into law Tuesday calls for development of state health care exchanges that eventually will allow Americans to compare insurance through Web portals as easily as they price and book airline tickets, Nextgov.com reported. The exchanges, as the president outlined in a June 2, 2009, letter to the late Sen.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:24am

A Busy Weekend In Nevada

NV voters got a taste of the busy life in '08, when early caucuses brought leading WH contenders to the Silver State repeatedly. Now, they're getting a new flood of politicians rushing through McCarran Airport.

Ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will keynote the "Showdown in Searchlight," a rally hosted by a prominent Tea Party group, the Tea Party Express. Later, the caravan of Tea Partiers will head to Henderson for a speech from conservative activist Ann Coulter.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:04am

Did The NRCC Really Raise $7M?

The NRCC's annual fundraising dinner at the National Building Museum last night pulled in $7M, the committee announced in a press release, but don't expect to see a lump sum or any especially big boost in next month's FEC reports.

That's because putting on a dinner -- headlined last night by Fox News star Sean Hannity -- takes months, not only to organize but to raise the money.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 10:28am