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Ratings Site Relaunched

In his last major speech as head of the movie industry's trade association, Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Dan Glickman announced Tuesday the relaunch of the group's movie ratings Web site, which he said would provide more information and transparency about the ratings process. The new Web site includes a tab that allows users to search for a rating by movie title or to search by year and rating. The site also includes information about the ads played before movies begin.

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 2:31pm

Early Ad Blitzes Cost Norton

Ex-CO LG Jane Norton (R) leads the GOP field in her bid to face Sen. Michael Bennet (D), but a costly primary is already sapping Norton of much-needed resources as she heads into an early test of strength.

Norton has spent $243K on TV ads since announcing her candidacy, including a recent surge in the run-up to tonight's caucuses. The ads urge GOPers to attend the caucuses which, even though they are non-binding, could serve as an embarrassment if she loses to either of her less-well-known rivals.

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 2:04pm

Advice To Dems: Sell The Bill

Dems can salvage political goodwill from the messy and electorally painful health care bill, but only if they invest the time and resources necessary to convince voters it was a good idea to pass the mammoth package, according to a top Dem pollster.

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 12:25pm

More Agencies Use Cookies To Track Web Activity

Some federal departments have obtained waivers to sidestep a long-standing policy that bars government Web sites from tracking visitor activity on the Internet, Nextgov.com reported. In 2000, the Office of Management and Budget issued a federal policy banning the use of persistent cookies, files that a Web site deposits on a user's computer to collect information about how the visitor navigates the site to provide more personal interaction. The policy was established to protect personal privacy.

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 12:09pm

Report Examines Net Porn's Impact On Kids

A new report released Tuesday, which examined the effects of Internet pornography, warns that Internet pornography can have many damaging effects on children and women in particular. The report, conduced for the Witherspoon Institute, a research group focused on ethical and moral issues, found that Internet pornography is much more ubiquitous and easily accessible to children than other forms of pornography. The report notes that about 75 percent of pornographic Web sites display visual teasers on the homepages before asking if the viewers are of legal age.

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 12:03pm

NRCC Threatens Vote-Flippers With Ads

The NRCC is threatening to run early ad campaigns against Dems who vote in favor of health care legislation, the party announced today, potentially committing scarce resources to score valuable political points.

The NRCC said today it would prepare ads to run against 42 incumbent Dems, including those who found themselves on both sides of the health care vote in Nov. If those members vote for the bill later this week, the NRCC will attack.

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 11:41am

RNC Reaching Out To DC Strateigsts

Top GOP communications strategists have been invited to a political briefing at the RNC on Friday, according to an invitation obtained by Hotline OnCall, in an effort to get DC's professional class on the same page ahead of midterm elections.

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 11:07am

WH Pushes Agency Transparency

The Obama administration is pushing government agencies to redouble their efforts to be more transparent to the public and, in particular, do more to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, according to a post on the White House blog by Norm Eisen, the president's special counsel on ethics and government reform.

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 11:05am

Business Lobby Picks At Dodd's Bill

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Just hours after Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) unveiled his financial services regulatory reform bill, business groups moved to oppose specific provisions in the legislation," Roll Call reports. (subscription) • "Liberal groups, drug companies and assorted coalitions are moving to counter the heavy blitz of ads aimed at sinking the health care overhaul legislation that could be considered as soon as this week by the House," Roll Call reports.

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 10:50am

Broadband Providers Urge Regulatory Restraint

While praising proposed changes to the universal service fund and other items in the FCC's national broadband plan, the nation's largest broadband providers also are urging the FCC to refrain from implementing policies that would discourage private investment in high-speed Internet technologies. With the FCC's formal release Tuesday of its long-awaited national broadband plan, the nation's largest cable and telecommunications firms voiced cautious praise for the document.

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 10:37am