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The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan , D-N.Y., once said that "everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts."These days, it appears our society increasingly rejects that notion. More and more people are getting their information from clearly ideologic

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 12:00am

Battle Over The EPA

Having spent the last year warring over climate legislation, environmental and industry lobbyists are now facing off over an even higher-stakes trophy: the Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency's right to enforce it. Caught in the middle are the three senators who are gearing up to unveil climate legislation soon. Rumor has it that the bill being written by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joe Lieberman, I/D-Conn., may include curbs on the EPA's authority to regulate carbon emissions.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 5:49pm

New National Organization for Marriage Head Named

The National Organization for Marriage, a major player in the fight over same-sex marriage, has promoted Brian Brown as its new president. Brown had previously been the group's executive director. The National Organization for Marriage was formed in 2007 and is one of the most effective of all interest groups defending traditional-one man, one woman- marriage. Brown takes over for Maggie Gallagher, who will remain on the executive committee of NOM's board and will continue to work on cultural and strategic projects. Gallagher has been a visible opponent of gay marriage.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 5:37pm

Google Urges Mix of Privacy Legislation, Self-Regulation

Google Monday released comments it filed with the FTC last week on ways to enhance consumer privacy online as it finds its advertising practices and those of other online firms under increased scrutiny by privacy advocates. In its comments, Google outlined its support for self-regulatory standards that provide transparency, user control and security. It also said it supports federal privacy legislation that would establish "baseline privacy protections" and also backs an overhaul of the law outlining government access to online records.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 5:15pm

Ex-RNC Candidate Seeks Committee Slot

Former MI GOP chair Saul Anuzis, who ran unsuccessfully for RNC chair in '09, is seeking a new spot on the national committee.

Anuzis announced he would run for a seat being vacated by the Rev. Keith Butler, who said last week he would skip the end of his term to attend to his duties at his church in the Detroit suburbs.

"I'm running to fill a vacancy as the Michigan RNC National Committeeman...should be fun!" Anuzis wrote on his Twitter feed on Monday.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 4:48pm

MA GOV: Charlie Baker's Cahill Problem

With his resounding win at last weekend's MA GOP convo in Worcester, ex-Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO/ex-MA HHS/Finance sec. Charlie Baker (R) sidestepped what could have been a distracting GOV primary battle against '06 indie candidate/ex-MA Turnpike Authority board member Christy Mihos (R).

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 3:41pm

Senate FEC Winners And Losers

We've picked over the House numbers, so let's take a look at the Senate FEC reports and the first quarter's winners and losers:

WINNERS

Ex-FL House Speaker Marco Rubio: A few months ago, we heard rumors that Rubio's fundraising had dried up. Then, over the last 3 months, he goes and pulls in $3.66M -- more than any candidate aside from self-funding ex-WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R) in CT. Rubio's haul and his cash on hand -- at $3.9M, he's even catapulted above Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) -- make him the big winner this quarter.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 3:29pm

AT&T Praises EU Approach to Net Neutrality

An AT&T executive said Monday that the FCC should follow the European Commission competition minister's lead on network neutrality and wait to impose restrictions until there is a need for intervention. In a blog post, Jim Cicconi, AT&T's senior executive vice president for external and legislative affairs, highlighted a speech made last week by European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes in which she embraced the FCC's four open Internet principles, while urging caution against imposing new restrictions aimed at preserving an open Internet.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 3:00pm

Senators Want Reports On Chinese IP Infringement

The leaders of the Senate Finance Committee Monday asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate the effects of infringement originating from China of U.S. intellectual property and Chinese policies that they say harm the U.S. firms. In a letter to ITC Chairwoman Shara Aranoff, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and ranking member Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked the commission to craft two reports on Chinese policies that they say harm the U.S. economy and jobs. "China needs to step up to the plate, live up to its international obligations and protect and enforce U.S.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 2:53pm

Falling Trust In Govt Threatens Dems

Americans view their government with far more skepticism and far less trust than they have at almost any point in time, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. And that's going to help GOPers come the midterm elections.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 1:51pm