As Egypt goes offline US gets internet ‘kill switch’ bill ready

By Ben Grubb and Asher Moses, The Age As Egypt’s government attempts to crackdown on street protests by shutting down internet and mobile phone services, the US is preparing to reintroduce a bill that could be used to shut down the internet. The legislation, which would grant US President Barack Obama powers to seize control of and even shut down … Read More

Tech priorities for new Congress: From old to new

By Larry Downes, cnet WASHINGTON–The new Congress has only just started, but its Internet and technology agenda is quickly filling up. Top on the list for Republicans will be efforts to undo the Federal Communication Commission’s late-December “Open Internet” Order. After that, expect bipartisan action on efforts to slake the voracious appetite for wireless spectrum of mobile Internet users and … Read More

Boehner pushes ‘HCRcostsjobs’ hashtag

By Elise Viebeck, The Hill Ahead of this week’s repeal vote on last year’s healthcare overhaul, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) continues to push the logic that “Obamacare” will worsen unemployment. “‘Priorities of the People: Repealing ObamaCare Critical to Creating Jobs, Growing Economy,’” he posted from his @SpeakerBoehner account on Monday. Boehner attached the hashtag #HCRcostsjobs, which has since picked … Read More

Lawmaker tweets from House floor thanks to new rules

By Michael O’Brien, The Hill At least one lawmaker used the new rules in the House to tweet from the House’s floor. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) sent dispatches from the House floor, taking advantage of new rules — which, at that point, had not yet been approved — allowing members to use BlackBerrys and other electronic devices in the chamber. … Read More

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By Jim Turner (Contact)Originally published 04:05 p.m., July 16, 2008Updated 04:05 p.m., July 16, 2008 Doubling his personal contribution to $500,000, former Palm Beach Gardens Council member Hal Valeche has started the second quarter with the most cash on hand among three Republicans seeking to unseat Congressman Tim Mahoney, D-Palm Beach Gardens, from Florida’s 16th District in Congress. At the … Read More


On Monday, ASG Client Hal Valache launched his first television commercial in his race to win the Republican Primary in Florida’s 16th Congressional District. Many astute political observers will remember this district as the one formerly held by Mark Foley. To learn more about Hal Valeche, visit