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Rep. Darrell Issa probes FCC Baker’s departure to Comcast

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa questioned Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker’s resignation from the agency in a letter dated May 18. Baker, one of the two Republican Commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, announced earlier this month that she was taking a position at the…

Santorum fundraising letter slams Romney

The first Republican presidential primary doesn’t take place for more than nine months, but an attack by former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) on former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) indicates that the race is well underway. In a fundraising letter sent out Tuesday, Santorum suggested that Romney was better suited to…

Vatican ‘means business’ in preventing priest sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican told bishops around the world Monday that they must make it a global priority to root out sexual abuse of children by priests. The Roman Catholic Church told bishops in a letter that they should cooperate with civil authorities to end the abuse that…

Sony tells Congress Anonymous might be responsible for massive PlayStation hack

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) does not know who stole data from nearly 75 million customer accounts on their PlayStation and Sony Online services, but they claim to have a hunch. In an open letter to members of the U.S. House Subcomittee on Commerce Manufacturing and Trade, the chairman of…

EXCLUSIVE: DOJ plan to arrest state licensers, tax dispensaries could doom medical marijuana industry

A recent letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ), threatening state employees in charge of implmenting medical marijuana laws with prosecution, has forced some governors to re-evaluate and even veto popular legislation — all seemingly in violation of what the medical marijauana community thought was a cease-fire with the federal…

Obama demands Congress slash oil subsidies now

WASHINGTON – A consensus appears to be building in favor of stripping giveaways to multi-billion dollar oil companies, as the specter of rising oil prices amid high unemployment and soaring debt pressures Congress to act. In a letter Tuesday afternoon, President Barack Obama urged House and Senate leaders to “take…

Obama backs allies sending military aides to Libya

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama supports the decision by allies to send military advisers to aid Libyan rebels but has no plans to put US “boots on the ground,” his spokesman said Wednesday. A senior American diplomat, meanwhile, told lawmakers in a letter obtained by AFP on Wednesday, that Obama…

Leaked cables: US helped Israel contain UN Gaza war probe

WASHINGTON — The United States worked behind the scenes to help Israel contain UN probes into possible war crimes committed during the 2008-2009 Gaza war, Foreign Policy reported Tuesday. The online foreign affairs magazine cited exclusive WikiLeaks cables detailing moves by the US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice to…

Pelosi presses Boehner to reveal taxpayer cost of defending DOMA

WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) demanded in a letter Monday evening that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) unveil how much he’s spending on outside counsel to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Obama administration in February decreed parts of the law unconstitutional and ceased to uphold…

Senators urge gov’t to accept green card applications from same sex couples

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is calling on the Obama administration to stop denying green card applications submitted by same sex bi-national couples. The Massachusetts senator and 11 of his Senate colleagues sent a letter (.pdf) to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Wednesday asking them to hold…

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