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Independents Rise In New England

It's not just voters who say they're fed up with partisan politics. Former activists and elected officials are eschewing their party label, too. But instead of dropping out of politics altogether, some have decided to pick up the independent mantle as a way to stay involved.Three of them -- forme

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:00am

What Will Matter In November?

Nearly everyone has a theory about how House passage of President Obama 's health care reform package will affect the 2010 midterm elections.For what it's worth, this health care fight has gone on so long and has been so vigorously debated that the public's battle lines are pretty much formed. T

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:00am

Photo Gallery: Obama Signs Health Care Bill

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:00am

China Condemns, U.S. Officials Praise Google

A Chinese government official Monday condemned Google for its decision to begin redirecting Internet users in China to its Hong Kong-based site, where information is not censored. China's official Xinhua news service reported that an official with China's State Council Information Service said Google has "violated its written promise" and is "totally wrong." Meanwhile, U.S. groups and officials praised Google's move.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 6:54pm

In CA, Immigration Rears Its Head

With health care reform all but locked away, Pres. Obama has said one of his next big initiatives will be on immigration reform, another issue that has baffled the admins before his. And the contentious issue is already playing a role in the CA GOV race.

Insurance Commis. Steve Poizner (R) and ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) have tried to out-conservative each other on the issue in the past week.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 4:33pm

Groups Voice Concern With ACTA Provisions

Ten public interest groups and library associations wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk Monday voicing concern about some provisions in a leaked version of the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement being negotiated by the United States and other countries.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 4:06pm

Ex-Blazer Dudley Launches First Ad

Ex-Portland Trail Blazers center Chris Dudley (R) released the first TV ad of the open OR GOV race today, a 30-second spot airing statewide that highlights Dudley's outsider image.

Dudley, who is diabetic, retired from the sport in '03, and currently works at a financial firm in Portland and runs a foundation for diabetic children.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 3:54pm

Google Stops Censoring Chinese Search Results

Google announced Monday that it has stopped censoring its search results for users in China and is redirecting users of to its Hong Kong-based site, where it offers uncensored search services. Google announced in January that it planned to stop censoring search results for users in China, a move it acknowledged may force the firm to leave the country. Google made the announcement after revealing it was the victim of a cyber attack originating from China that sought to gain access to the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 3:32pm

NRCC's Biggest Donors: Themselves

What's behind the NRCC's biggest fundraising month this cycle? It's the GOP members themselves, who after holding on to their checkbooks for the last 2 cycles are finally pitching in to help elect more candidates.

In Feb., the NRCC raised $5M, the most they have raised in a single month and more, for the first time all cycle, than the DCCC. Nearly $1M of that amount came from GOP members, according to FEC reports filed over the weekend.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 3:03pm

Conservative Party Backs Lazio

The NY Conservative Party exec. cmte endorsed ex-Rep. Rick Lazio (R) on Saturday, for NY GOV over Suffolk Co. Exec. Steve Levy (D) by a 13-5 margin, suggesting the fight for the GOP GOV nomination could prove as bitter as NY 23.

The endorsement puts pressure on the NY GOP, as Lazio has pledged to run on the Conservative line in the general election regardless of the GOP primary results. Ex-Gov. George Pataki (R), ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) and Rep. Peter King (R) all back Lazio, while NY GOP chair Ed Cox backs Levy.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 2:45pm