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  • Consumer groups criticize congressional bill on online consumer privacy

     
    Consumer watchdog groups say a draft congressional bill falls short of its proclaimed intention of protecting the privacy of consumers using the Internet. During a conference call with reporters Tuesday, the groups said they would push for changes to...
  • Gulf oil spill: Oil execs scolded for 'cookie cutter' spill plans

     
    Oil company executives came under attack during congressional hearings Tuesday for having what Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) called "cookie cutter’’ oil spill response plans that are similar to, and no better than, BP’s plan in the Gulf of....
  • Gulf oil spill: Swift reaction to BP's ouster of Hayward from spill response

     
    BP’s decision to make Bob Dudley, a U.S.-born veteran oil industry executive, its public face for the company’s response to the gulf spill was welcomed Friday on Capitol Hill, where a day earlier the company’s Chief Executive Tony Hayward drew......
  • Adams earns backing of conservative women’s group

     
    WASHINGTON — Congressional candidate Sandy Adams heads to Washington on Tuesday to accept the support of Maggie’s List, a conservative group that champions female candidates, and raise a few dollars in the process — as invitations to the...
  • Waxman's last-minute Net neutrality bill hits a GOP wall

     
    Looks like the Net neutrality ball is back in the Federal Communications Commission's court. A draft proposal by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) and Rick Boucher (D-Va.) to give the FCC temporary authority to enforce limited neutrality protections...
  • Heard of earmarks? Meet Central Florida’s lettermarkers

     
    The investigative journalists at the Center for Public Integrity have produced a fascinating piece of work called “Stimulating Hypocrisy.” It focuses on members of Congress who voted against last year's economic stimulus package,...
  • Stearns to lead Florida Republicans

     
    WASHINGTON — Veteran lawmaker U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns of Ocala has been picked to lead the delegation of Florida Republicans in the next session of Congress, his office announced Wednesday. The title is mostly honorary, but it certainly doesn't hurt...
  • Florida’s eclectic congressional delegation gets to work

     
    By William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau   WASHINGTON — Can the Florida members of Congress find a way to get along? After a bruising campaign marked by attack ads and charges of extremism, Sen.-elect Marco Rubio and seven new House members will be...
  • On debt reduction, it’s tough to get straight answers

     
    Today's column is all about debt and deficit-reduction. I've been harping on members of Congress who have raised the debt ceiling for the past five years. In summary: Republicans jacked up deficit spending when they ran the show. Democrats did the same....
  • The never-ending Florida rail battle

     
    WASHINGTON — High-speed rail may be dead and buried in Florida, but that doesn’t mean it’s forgotten. At a Thursday breakfast meeting of Florida’s congressional delegation — held in honor of a visiting Gov. Rick Scott —...
  • Scott visits DC to see ‘old friends’ and testify

     
    WASHINGTON — Gov. Rick Scott will land tonight in the nation’s capitol for a brief visit that includes a Thursday morning meeting with Florida’s congressional delegation and an appearance before a House panel on prescription drugs; a...