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2Day in #OpenGov 11/29/12




  • Lawmakers duel over music royalties: A House Judiciary Committee hearing made it clear lawmakers have different ideas about what kind of reform should happen with royalties music-streaming websites pay recording companies and artists. They did agree, however, that royalty fees should be paid for songs played on traditional radio stations. (The Hill)
  • Issa considers two-year ban on Internet regulations:  U.S. Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) is asking for input on a bill that would place a two-year ban on any new Internet regulations, with an exception for national security emergencies. (The Hill)
  • Report finds Reyes probably misused funds: A House Ethics Committee report found reason to believe U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) violated campaign finance rules or law by having campaign events on House property, among other things. (Roll Call)
  • Through the revolving door: Don Green, who has worked as a staffer for several members of Congress, has been named vice president at Business Roundtable. That's just one of several recent changes on K Street. (The Hill)
  • A firm to help find a lobbying firm: Need a firm to help find the best lobbying firm for your interests? There's a firm for that now, with the launch of LobbyWise.  (Roll Call)
  • Politics impede investigation into Afghanistan fraud: A recent report found Afghanistan politics impeded an investigation into more than $800 million in fraudulent loans at Kabul Bank. The report details connections between bank officials and government officials that created a complex web perpetuating and shielding the fraud. (Bloomberg) 
  • Report finds Germany too lax on corruption: A report from the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) found Germany's progress with anti-corruption reform has essentially halted. Germany remains one of the few GRECO members, for example, that has not rafitifed tougher penalties for bribing members of parliament. (Spiegel Online)
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  • Who Should Govern the Internet? New America Foundation. Thurs. Nov. 29, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. New America Foundation, 1899 L St. NW, Suite 400, Washington DC, 20036.
  • Privacy and the Identity Economy. National Press Club. Thurs. Nov. 29, 9-11 a.m. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor First Amendment Lounge, Washington DC, 20045.
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