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Google Expected To Announce China Plans Monday

A State Department official said that Google is likely to announce Monday whether it will be pulling out of China, AP reported. During a briefing, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said he expects Google to announce its plans Monday afternoon. While Crowley refused to speculate on what Google will announce, several recent reports said Google is likely to say it is leaving China. Google announced in January that it would stop censoring search results for users in China, a move it acknowledged may force the firm to leave the country.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 2:40pm

Leahy Urges Action On Senate Patent Deal

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., made a renewed push Monday for the Senate to take up compromise patent overhaul legislation that was unveiled earlier this month.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 2:27pm

Quinn Gillespie Jumps Into Digital World

Quinn Gillespie & Associates, the lobbying firm started by former President Clinton staffer Jack Quinn and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, has tapped Christopher Brown as director of digital strategy. Brown was a chair for new media efforts at the National Press Club last year, and served as managing editor for new media at America's Most Wanted on FOX. The addition comes as part of QGA's efforts to scale up its digital advocacy offerings. In that vein, the firm also added FishBowlDC blogger and PR veteran Matt Dornic earlier this year.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 2:07pm

GOPers Embrace Repeal

A day after House Dems passed health care legislation, GOPers are embracing a Club for Growth-backed campaign to repeal the measure if they win election this year.

Responding to last night's party-line vote, candidates from across the country said they will back legislation offered by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to repeal the bill.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 2:00pm

Businesses Hail Senate Trio's Efforts

A group of more than 150 companies, including nuclear giant Exelon and several other utilities, issued joint statements today hailing efforts by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Joe Lieberman, I/D-Conn., to craft climate and energy legislation. "Until Congress passes comprehensive climate legislation, American companies will face a carbon purgatory -- they will lack the legislative and regulatory certainty they need to start making the substantial investments required to transition to a low-carbon future," John Rowe, chairman and CEO of Exelon, said in a statement.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 1:25pm

The Health Care Outliers

As National Journal's Ron Brownstein wrote 2 weeks ago, in the run-up to the health care vote, Dems weighing their votes had to consider how much of their district is made up of the uninsured, who stood to gain the most from the bill.

The lower the percentage of uninsured constituents, the reasoning went, the less likely a member would be to cast a vote for the bill. See, for example, Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA), a vote against the final bill; just 7.2% of Altmire's suburban Pittsburgh district is uninsured.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 1:15pm

Cuomo Leads Big

NY AG Andrew Cuomo (D) is the heavy favorite to take over for retiring Gov. David Paterson (D), according to yet another survey, while ex-Rep. Rick Lazio (R) sports a wide lead in the GOP primary.

The Siena Research Institute poll surveyed 810 registered voters between Mar. 15-18 for a margin of error of +/- 3.4%. Cuomo was tested against Lazio, Suffolk Co. Exec. Steve Levy (D) and atty Warren Redlich (L). In the GOP primary, 197 voters were surveyed for a margin of error of +/- 7%.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 12:37pm

Ex-Classmates Remember "Barry"

The Hotline's Felicia Sonmez traveled to Indonesia to find some of Pres. Obama's former classmates. They remember a sporty, tall left-hander who eventually grew up to move into the WH:

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 12:00pm

DeMint's Waterloo?

Critics of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., are having a little Facebook fun with his prediction in July that if Republicans were able to stop President Obama's efforts to pass healthcare reform, it would be his "Waterloo." A day after Sunday's historic vote in the House in favor of the Senate's healthcare plan, sending it to Obama for his signature, critics mocked DeMint's "Waterloo" comments on his own Facebook page by posting a link to a YouTube video of the Swedish pop band ABBA singing their hit, "Waterloo." In one of the dozens of comments linking to the video, Facebook user

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 11:35am

Broadband Battle Begins

For all the praise that has greeted the Federal Communications Commission's blueprint for a wired nation, the recently released National Broadband Plan sets up an inevitable clash of telecommunications lobbying titans. Mandated by last year's economic stimulus bill, the FCC's broadband plan sets out to solve a basic problem: The demand for wireless services and gadgets is booming, but the U.S. is short on spectrum and trails internationally in broadband use.

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 11:25am