National Journal Online

Lawmaker Blasts Microsoft

Microsoft came under attack Wednesday from a House lawmaker for not following Google's lead in resisting China's demand for foreign firms to abide by the country's censorship rules and Internet restrictions. During a hearing focused on Internet control in China before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, singled out Microsoft, which has said it will continue to operate in China and follow Chinese laws. Microsoft "needs to get with the program" and "join the side of human rights...rather than enabling tyranny," Smith said.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 6:35pm

Differing Approaches Urged To Combat IP Theft

A coalition of groups that represent those who produce intellectual property Wednesday urged the Obama administration to bolster federal efforts to crack down on copyright infringement domestically and abroad, noting that particular emphasis should be placed on finding ways to curb IP theft via the Internet.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 5:49pm

Bipartisan Presser, Now

As cable TV nets broadcast threats and angry voicemails sent to House Dems who backed health care reform, we offer this unsolicited piece of advice to cong. GOP leaders: Invite your Dem counterparts to hold a joint press conf. where you all condemn the threats. Issuing statements won't cut it.

Doing so is perhaps the only way to separate the GOP from the violent crazies. Not doing so could undermine the momentum they've built over the past year.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 5:43pm

Cybersecurity Bill Approved

The Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday approved legislation to improve how the federal government and the private sector deal with cyber attacks. Approved by voice vote, the bill would raise the priority of cybersecurity throughout the federal government and streamline cybersecurity-related functions. It also aims to enhance public awareness and bolster research and development as well as require the government and private sector to collaborate and identify those IT systems critical to the nation's strategic interests.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 4:05pm

In First TV Ad, Crist Swings Hard At Rubio

FL Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is releasing his first TV ad of the FL SEN race, a 30-second spot that also marks Crist's first direct ad attacking his primary rival, ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R).

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 3:47pm

Cheney Wades Into KY

Ex-VP Dick Cheney has endorsed Sec/State Trey Grayson (R) in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), the latest example of the former VP getting involved in current politics.

In a statement, Cheney cited Grayson's national security credentials, implying that ophthalmologist Rand Paul's (R) views on matters of safety are unwise and irresponsible.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 3:40pm

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