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Google Faces Breakup Call as EU Political Patience Wanes

 A European Parliament bid for legislation splitting up Google Inc. (GOOG) may send a message that’s too loud to ignore as European Union antitrust regulators review a possible settlement with the owner of the world’s largest search engine. Google, already grappling with privacy and competition issues, risks another EU headache as some lawmakers seek to […] Read More →

Congressional Dysfunction Soars in Post-Election Return

It’s the beginning of the end for a lame-duck Congress.  A week after the election, and all the promises of compromise and working together, Congress returned to Washington and fell into many of the same old patterns. The two parties’ top senators talked past each other. Republicans and Democrats alike expressed hostility toward President Barack Obama. Wealthy donors gathered […] Read More →

Senate Republicans Want to Rewrite Communications Act. So What Happens to Net Neutrality?

 With control of the Senate, top Republicans are going to work on an ambitious plan to overhaul government regulation of the Internet, television, and telephone industries. Their effort to rewrite the Communications Act could have broad implications for how we all communicate and consume information. But the whole plan could collapse amid partisan fighting over […] Read More →

Could Ebola virus become ‘bioterrorist threat’?

 WASHINGTON – Lawmakers and infectious disease experts are examining whether terrorists could use Ebola to deliberately infect and wreak psychological havoc on an unsuspecting population. “I do, at some level, think the government should be concerned about [weaponization], because if it does happen it could be devastating,” said Amanda Teckman, who published a detailed report, […] Read More →

White House shifts into crisis mode on Ebola response

 Rising public anxiety about the Ebola virus has forced the White House to shift into crisis mode and cancel two days of planned political events as President Barack Obama strives to show he has control over stopping the spread of the deadly disease. Just three weeks ahead of critical midterm elections, Obama is facing increased […] Read More →

Obama allies getting harder to find these days

 President Barack Obama is finding himself with few friends in Washington. His former Pentagon chief is criticizing his foreign policy. Longtime political advisers are questioning his campaign strategy. And Democrats locked in tough midterm campaigns don’t want Obama anywhere near them between now and Election Day. The disenchantment with Obama is in part a reflection […] Read More →

Secret Service director resigns under fire

 U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, in her position for just 18 months, faced mounting calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a September 19 […] Read More →

Syria vote isn’t last word from Congress on war

 As far as Congress is concerned, President Barack Obama’s Mideast war strategy isn’t in the clear yet. The president got what he wanted this past week when the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved arming and training moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants. But the go-ahead is good for less than three months. And […] Read More →

Kerry Says Coalition Seeks to Decimate Islamic State

 Secretary of State John Kerry said more than 50 countries have joined the U.S. fight against Islamic State,and some coalition members are prepared to launch airstrikes in Syria against the extremist group. Kerry, who spent the past week trying to build global support against Islamic State, told U.S. lawmakers in testimony today that he expects […] Read More →