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FCC votes 3-2 to approve controversial Internet regulations

View the full story here. By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed controversial “net neutrality” rules aimed at prohibiting internet service providers (ISPs) from discriminating between Internet traffic. Democratic Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps both voted with Chairman Julius Genachowski in favor of the new…

GOP shuts down bill to prevent child marriage

Preventing child marriage may seem like the most non-partisan of non-partisan issues, but to Republicans scrambling to deny political victories to a lame-duck Democratic House, it seems to be yet another political football. House Republicans are being criticized for “bringing shame to Capitol Hill” after voting against a bill to…

UN votes against protecting gays from execution

The UN has removed a reference to sexual orientation from a resolution condemning arbitrary and unjustified executions. The UN General Assembly resolution, which is renewed every two years, contained a reference opposing the execution of LBGT people in its 2008 version. But this year’s version passed without any reference to…

Ethics chief counsel recommends censure for Rangel

Chief counsel of ethics committee recommends that House vote to censure New York’s Rep. Rangel The House ethics committee’s chief counsel recommended Thursday that Rep. Charles Rangel be censured in connection with the panel’s finding that he engaged in improper financial and fundraising conduct. Chief counsel Blake Chisman called for…

Election Day unkind to many wealthy candidates

Majority of wealthy candidates funding their campaigns end up making losing bet Dipping into their personal fortunes to finance a political campaign turned out to be a losing investment for several candidates trying to break into political office. Former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman took the biggest gamble, spending $142…

Turnout among young voters: 20 percent

Only about one in five people under the age of 30 voted in the mid-term elections Tuesday, says a study based on exit polls. The poor turnout among youth likely had some effect on the outcome of most races, but nowhere was this more dramatically highlighted than in the California…

‘Die quickly’ Democrat Grayson crushed, 56-38 percent

Florida’s freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson was ousted by a veteran GOP politician after the Democrat earned notoriety for harsh rhetoric that included accusing Republicans of wanting sick people to “die quickly.” To the north, seven-term Democratic Congressman Allen Boyd lost handily to a political newcomer who played up…

Hispanic ‘Don’t vote’ advocate admits he voted

The creator of a controversial ad urging Latinos not to vote has conceded he broke from his own advice. Robert de Posada, president of the Republican-affiliated Latinos For Reform, admitted to the news station TBD that he voted in Virginia by absentee ballot. “Don’t vote,” Posada’s ad said, flashing ominous…

State senator: If you want gays ‘shot in the head’ then vote GOP

The race for governor in Illinois is getting ugly. At a “get out the vote” rally on the West Side of Chicago Saturday, state Senator Rickey Hendon lashed out at Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady while introducing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. “I’ve never served with such an idiotic, racist, sexist,…

As e-voting comes of age, security fears mount

New technologies allowing voters to cast ballots via the Internet or other electronic means are catching on in the United States and elsewhere, even as fears mount about security of the systems. A total of 33 US states are allowing some email, fax or online ballots in 2010, according to…

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