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Man Goes to Prison for Threatening Eric Cantor on YouTube

A man named Norman LeBoon is headed to prison after making threats to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a video posted to YouTube. In the clip, the 38-year-old LeBoon called the Republican "a liar" and "a Lucifer," and promised to shoot him. LeBoon pleaded guilty to the charges in November, and, on Thursday, was sentenced to two years in prison, along with an additional three years of supervise...

House Moves to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules, Obama's Veto Looms

The House of Representatives has approved the procedures for a joint resolution that would overturn the FCC's controversial Net neutrality rules. The resolution (PDF) is scheduled for a vote on Thursday in the GOP-controlled House. If it passes, it would then move on to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where its chances of survival are less certain. Even if it passes the Senate, though, the Wh...

House Republicans Take Step Toward Repealing Net Neutrality Rules

House Republicans are moving forward with their plan to repeal the FCC's new net neutrality regulations. Yesterday, the GOP-controlled House Commerce Committee voted to overturn the rules by a 30-23 vote that split along party lines. The vote comes less than a week after a House Subcommittee approved the measure by a similarly partisan vote. The FCC is also facing legal challenges from Verizon and...

Republican-Controlled Panel Repeals FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

Yesterday, the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology voted to repeal the FCC's net neutrality rules, just a few weeks after House Republicans passed a resolution to defund the commission's controversial initiative. The Republican-controlled panel voted to overturn the FCC's regulations by a 15-8 vote, split along party lines. The FCC passed the rules in December, when the...

FCC Looks to Subsidize Broadband Access for the Poor

The FCC is looking to make changes to two telephone subsidy programs, with an eye toward providing greater broadband access to poor households. In 1985, the FCC launched its Lifeline Assistance and Link-Up America programs, which subsidize telephone service and installation expenses for low-income families. Yesterday, the Commission officially launched a notice of proposed rulemaking (or, a NPR...

House Republicans Push Obama Administration to Implement National ID System

House Republicans are pushing the Obama administration to move forward with a controversial law that, if enacted, would require every state to issue nationally standardized identification cards to its citizens. As it stands right now, states have until May 11th to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act, signed by President Bush. Enacted as a response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the ac...

House Republicans Vote to Overturn FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

The House of Representatives has voted to overturn a controversial FCC ruling on net neutrality, though it's not clear whether or not the resolution will advance much further. In December, the FCC voted to prohibit Internet service providers from blocking legal content on their networks, while allowing them to restrict access according to bandwidth use. The 3-2 ruling elicited uproars from free...

Report: Republicans Won Social Media Battle During Midterm Elections

November's midterm elections saw the Republican party reassert its power in Washington, thanks to landslide victories at voting booths throughout the country. And, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center, the GOP did pretty well on Facebook, too. In the months leading up to the November elections, 22-percent of all online adults used social media to follow a particular campaign o...

John Boehner to Stream First Day of New Congress on Facebook

Tomorrow, a new Congress will surf to power in Washington on a wave of Tea Party-infused populism. With that spirit in mind, incoming House Speaker John Boehner will livestream the entire event on Facebook. Beginning at noon on Wednesday, users will be able to watch all the proceedings of the new Congress on the 'Pledge to America' Facebook page. People who tune in will also be able to comment ...

More Governors Use YouTube, But Few Manage to Get Our Attention

When they're not busy making our world a better place, most state politicians spend their time reaching out to the voters who elected them, and promoting their agendas to the public. Instead of stumping at school gymnasiums or shooting TV commercials, though, many state governors have begun flocking to YouTube -- albeit with mixed results. According to USA Today, at least 38 governors currentl...

John McCain Is Senate's Foremost 'Twitter Genius,' Study Finds

He may be older than dust, but, make no mistake about it, John McCain is a certified "Twitter Genius." According to a recent study (PDF) conducted by researchers from George Washington University and New York University, the 73-year-old Arizona Senator ranks at the very top of the U.S. Senate's "Twitter Geniuses." The academics came to their conclusion after calculating every Senator's "Digital I...

Michael Reagan Launches @Reagan E-mail Address for Conservatives

As CBS reports, Ronald Reagan's son Michael has launched his very own @Reagan e-mail service in an attempt to provide a safe haven for "people who believe in true Reagan Conservative Values." Why, what ever do you mean, Michael Reagan? "What do I mean? Well, every time you use your e-mail from companies like Google, AOL, Yahoo!, Hotmail, Apple and others, you are helping the liberals," he explai...

GOP's 'America Speaking Out' Tries (Fails?) to Bring Online Voting to Public Policy

The Republican effort to allow its rank and file members to craft the party's platform has officially launched in the form of America Speaking Out, built on top of Microsoft's Town Hall platform. Users can sign up directly with America Speaking Out or use Facebook Connect to log on. Once a member, you're only a few mouse clicks away from wielding influence over what issues and policies will form ...

Attorney General Tom Corbett Goes After Anonymous Twitter Critics with Subpoena

Good politicians respond to criticism by engaging in a healthy dialogue with their disgruntled constituency. Pennsylvania Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett, on the other hand, responds by slapping a muzzle on Twitter accounts. According to Techdirt, Corbett has gone so far as to subpoena Twitter in response to two anonymous users who used the microblogging platf...

GOP's YouCut Site Lets You Vote to Nix Welfare, Health-Care or Frivolous Spending

Last week, we reported that the GOP planned to hand off the responsibility of developing a party platform to its rank-and-file (and Web-connected) members. Now Republican Whip Eric Cantor is climbing aboard the participatory government train with YouCut. The premise is simple: visitors are presented with a list of government programs that are viewed by the Republican party as wasteful. Anyone ...