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How the Tech Lobby Got Beat

Congress seemed fated to accomplish just a short list of things during this divisive election year, but the failure of patent reform this spring despite bipartisan support has lobbyists of the growing technology industry frustrated - and planning a comeback on the issue in 2015. The push for a new law was fueled by cases of small businesses and tech innovators being drained of their limited budgets by "patent trolls" - entities using patents not to build or improve inventions, but to threaten people with infringement lawsuits to extort settlements as an alternative to expensive litigation.

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Related Topix: US News, Inventions, Science / Technology, US Politics, Barack Obama, State of the Union, US Senate, Democrat, Harry Reid

Tue Sep 16, 2014

WPTZ-TV Plattsburgh

Troubled Vt. insurance exchange site pulled offline

The dysfunctional, more than $70-million Vermont Health Connect website is down for maintenance for a period of what state officials expect will be weeks, not days. Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt., yanked the portal, which is used by Vermonters who don't get health insurance through work to manage the plans federal law now requires them to have.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Vermont, Vermont Government, US Governors, Peter Shumlin, Health Insurance, Health

Switched

NSA Reform Bill Splits Reformers

The USA Freedom Act sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy has split left and libertarian groups hoping to reform the NSA. Photo: Win McNamee James Clapper became public enemy number one for civil liberties groups in 2013 when Edward Snowden's leaks revealed that he lied to Congress about the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, ACLU, Dickinson College

Daily Kos

Next phase for net neutrality: Demand public hearings on FCC plans

The Daily Kos community absolutely rocked the Federal Communication Commission's public comment period on its proposed net neutrality rules. We took just under 1 million online, individual actions-a combined 988,888 actions-in support of a free and open internet: 420,334 direct and personal comments to the FCC; 264,116 petitions to the FCC; 160,347 comments to the White House; 125,177 comments to members of congress; and 18,914 petitions to the White House.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, US Senate, Democrat, US House of Representatives, Doris Matsui, Liberal Political News

Examiner.com

Sunflowers in Vermont to supply biodiesel for Green Mountain Power

Sunflowers are a beautiful sight in Vermont , dotting the rural landscape and iconic farms with bursts of autumnal glory. Elsewhere these flowers of the sun billow in the breeze for all to enjoy until they wilt and die with the close of the season.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Energy, Green Mountain Power, Biofuel, Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Agriculture, Science

American Reporter

On Native GroundOBAMA Doing Too Much? Why his 'to-do' List is Long

They called him "Silent Cal," but Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States - the second one born in Vermont and the only U.S. president to be born on the Fourth of July - said one of the most beautiful things I've ever read about the state. "If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the union... it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont," Coolidge said.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Vermont, Vermont Government

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Common Dreams

Coalition of Civil Liberty Advocates and Intelligence Community Whistleblowers Oppose USA Freedom Act

OffNow has joined a trans-partisan coalition of surveillance whistleblowers, civil liberties advocates, and organizations representing millions of Americans urging Congress to reject the Senate version of the USA Freedom Act. A joint letter released by the coalition outlines numerous concerns with the legislation, including ambiguous language that is open to abuse, the failure to include provisions specifically protecting the rights of Americans, and the reauthorization of key sections of the USA PATRIOT Act relating to intelligence gathering.

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Related Topix: Law, Employment / Labor Law, US News, Patriot Act, US Politics, US Senate, Democrat, Liberal Political News

News Max

Obama Administration Renews NSA Spy Program

Nine months after promising to overhaul the nation's spy program, President Barak Obama's deadline to make such changes has been extended for the third time. According to National Journal, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved a request from the Justice Department to renew the NSA's Section 215 telephony metadata program, part of the Patriot Act, on Friday.

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Related Topix: US News, Patriot Act, US Senate, US Politics, Democrat

The Washington Post

Civil liberties advocates split over NSA reform bill

A coalition including civil liberties groups and government whistleblowers has come out against a Senate bill responding to the government surveillance and data collection revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Many observers see the current Senate version of the USA Freedom Act as the most likely to succeed.

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Related Topix: Law, Employment / Labor Law, US News, Patriot Act, US Politics, US Senate, Democrat, ACLU, World News

The Daily Caller

Senators Claim Passing NSA Reform Could Help ISIS

Senators skeptical of a proposal restraining National Security Agency bulk surveillance programs warn that passing such a bill could make it harder for the U.S. act against terrorist threats like ISIS. "If you want to take away the ability to monitor ISIS, then you eliminate the tools that are eliminated in the Leahy bill," Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a weekend Hill report .

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Saxby Chambliss, Senator Marco Rubio, Democrat, John McCain, Conservative Political News

The Hill

Controversial Justice nominee withdraws

The Obama administration's controversial nominee to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division on Monday withdrew his name from consideration for the post. Debo Adegbile's decision comes months after his nomination was rejected in a 47-52 Senate vote in March.

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The Washington Post

The Switchboard: Facebooka s real name policy cause clashes with some gay and transgender users

Facebook is under fire from gay and transgender users who are being forced to use real names. " Not that long ago, it looked as though Facebook might be softening its previous stance on real names, with comments from CEO Mark Zuckerberg that suggested he saw the value of anonymity in some cases - and at the same time, the social network has expanded the number of gender-related selections users have to choose from," writes Mathew Ingram at Gigaom.

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Related Topix: Transgender, Startups, Facebook, Social Software, Mark Zuckerberg, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Detroit News

Restoring freedom to FOIA

Over time, federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, John Cornyn, Democrat, Opinion

Daily Kos

Usual Suspects: GOP Senate Scaremongers Claim Passage of 'USA Freedom Act' Will Strengthen ISIS

The GOP never misses an opportunity to scaremonger, and this time they're centering their authoritarian bona fides on the Senate version of the USA Freedom Act. The legislation is rather tame, in my opinion, compared to what is needed to rein in the NSA and other intelligence agencies in their ill-conceived quest to capture every byte of electronic information in the world.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Republican, Saxby Chambliss, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Rand Paul, John McCain

Slashdot

NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension

In April, the House of Representatives passed a bill to limit the NSA's collection of metadata, but the Senate has been working on their version of the bill since then without yet voting on it. Because of this, and the alleged importance of continuing intelligence operations, the government sought a 90-day reauthorization of the current program.

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Related Topix: US Senate, US Politics, Democrat, US News

Sat Sep 13, 2014

The Hill

Senators: Curbing NSA could help ISIS

Critics of a proposal to reform the National Security Agency say the rising threat of terrorism in the Middle East should give lawmakers pause as they consider harnessing the government's spy powers. The bill from Sen. Patrick Leahy would handicap American intelligence officials at a crucial moment, they say, and make it harder to track terrorists around the globe.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Republican, Saxby Chambliss, Senator Marco Rubio, Privacy, Dianne Feinstein

Fri Sep 12, 2014

The Hill

Spy court renews NSA metadata program

With a surveillance reform bill stuck in the Senate, the federal court overseeing spy agencies on Friday reauthorized the National Security Agency's controversial bulk collection of Americans' phone records. Reauthorization from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court allows the NSA to continue to warrantlessly collect "metadata" in bulk about people's phone calls.

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Related Topix: US Senate, US Politics, Democrat

Washington Examiner

Warner says Senate should've taken up, passed House bill on patent reform

"I actually think the House bill was pretty good," he said. "I wish the Senate would've taken it up."

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The Washington Post

Senate Judiciary chairman wants PACER to restore access to removed case archives

If you want digital access to U.S. court documents, PACER will likely be your first stop. It's a sort of digital warehouse for public court records maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, or the AO.

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The Bennington Banner

Vermont Chamber of Commerce names Stephen Terry Citizen of the Year

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday the selection of Stephen C. Terry as its 2014 Citizen of the Year. Mr. Terry's contributions to Vermont will be celebrated at an awards dinner on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Grand Maple Ballroom at the University of Vermont's Davis Center.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Vermont, Vermont Government, University of Vermont, Middlebury, VT, Energy, Green Mountain Power

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