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Net Neutrality Faces Uphill Battle after House Defunding Vote

The Federal Communications Commission’s rules governing Internet content and traffic, known collectively as net neutrality, face an uphill battle after House Republicans voted to defund the provision in a stopgap spending bill. The continuing resolution passed by House Republicans last week also included $61 billion in cuts, making it politically …

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Midterm Elections Wrap-up: Future of Feds?

The congressional midterm elections resulted in historic gains by Republicans, as well as an historic anomaly — marking the first time in 80 years a minority party retook control of the House of Representatives but not the Senate. The election has repercussions across the board: the Obama administration is reading …

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Senate Committee Promotes Cyber Self-Defense

Cyber self-defense is key to avoiding cyber threats to U.S. national security, according to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The committee conducted a six-month study on cybersecurity and found that basic measures such as installing software updates and running up-to-date virus programs can defeat most threats, but are often …

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House Approves Bill to Enhance Internet Access for Disabled

The House yesterday voted 348 to 23 to pass a bill that gives Americans with disabilities full access to the Internet and television. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which was sponsored by Rep. Edward J. Markey, gives people with disabilities more options to view and listen to …

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President to Use Recess Appointment to Install Medicare Leader

President Barack Obama is scheduled today to make Dr. Donald Berwick a recess appointment as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Berwick, whom the president nominated in April, will take control of the agency without going through a confirmation process. According to White House officials, “the agency …

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