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SEIU's Stern Promises Dem Challenges

SEIU pres. Andy Stern is promising to challenge Dems who voted against health care legislation, accusing them of betraying the voters who elected them in the first place.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 3:00pm

GOP Leaders Signal Support For Repeal

Updated with Boehner's statement

Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell and House Min. Leader John Boehner both signaled support for at least some part of a GOP-led move to repeal health care legislation today, suggesting the GOP will run on the issue in the fall campaign.

"I can tell you with the campaign that will continue with the American people, I think the slogan will be 'Repeal and Replace,'" McConnell told reporters after a weekly lunch with fellow members of the GOP Conference.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 2:39pm

European Court Rules For Google In Trademark Case

The European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday that Google is not infringing trademarks by allowing advertisers to bid for keywords corresponding to their competitors' trademarks. "Google has not infringed trademark law by allowing advertisers to purchase keywords corresponding to their competitors' trade marks," the European Court of Justice said in a statement.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 2:24pm

Ethanol Group Adds Former Hill Staff

Growth Energy, a coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters, has added some former Hill staffers. Katy Ziegler Thomas, a former aide to Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., has joined the coalition as chief of staff. She arrives from the National Farmers Union, where she was vice president of government relations. Stephanie Dreyer, formerly the deputy press secretary for Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., comes aboard as a public affairs associate. The coalition has also tapped Roger Conway, former director of the Agriculture Department's Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, to serve as chief economist.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 2:23pm

Parties Tie Health Care To Fundraising Pitches

Both parties are pitching health care to their bases in an effort to rake in big money, and some candidates are pulling in the big bucks.

In just 12 hours, ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) has pulled in $100K, campaign manager David Adams said. The campaign has picked up steam since health care passed and activists on their side have been chipping in heavily since midnight.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 1:52pm

Bill Focuses On Global Cybercrime Measures

Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-UT, and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at enhancing international cooperation to combat cybercrime. "Cybercrime is a serious threat to the security of the global economy, which is why we need to coordinate our fight worldwide," Hatch said in a statement.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 1:37pm

Charting The Independent Course

Candidates are shedding their affiliations with the 2 major parties in New England, Hotline editor Amy Walter writes today, a sign that even politicians are sick of the broken system.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 1:10pm

GA Sets Date For Deal Special

The special election to replace Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) will take place on Apr. 27, GA Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) announced late Monday.

Deal announced his resignation earlier this month in order to focus on his GA GOV bid. Under pressure from House GOP leaders, Deal agreed to stick around until health care legislation was decided. His resignation became official late Sunday, just an hour after the legislation passed.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:17pm

Texas Textbook Heartburn

Disturbed by the religious and conservative stamp Texas educators recently voted to put into school textbooks, the Interfaith Alliance sent letters Monday to textbook publishers urging them to reject the state's proposed standards. With over 185,000 members from 75 faith traditions, the Interfaith Alliance promotes religious freedom and democracy. "Should you need our support in resisting this pressure from the Texas State Board of Education to replace American history with conservative ideology," wrote Reverend C.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:10pm

CIOs Embrace Open Government

Federal chief information officers have embraced the Obama administration's open government initiative by trying to increase access to government information and encouraging public participation and collaboration, a new survey of these officials released Tuesday found. The 20th annual survey of CIOs, conducted by TechAmerica and Grant Thornton, found that CIOs are trying to improve access to government information through portals such as Data.gov, USASpending.gov, Recovery.gov and the Federal IT Dashboard and aiming to increase public participation through social media, wikis, Web.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 11:58am