- Did Richardson retaliate? Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA), who was reprimanded by the House for an ethics violation, is now being accused of retaliating against staffers who cooperated with the original investigation. (Politico)
- Opinion – Internet freedom is bipartisan priority: California Representatives Darrell Issa (R) and Anna Eshoo (D) argued that, despite some differences in the party platforms on Internet freedom, there is much more on the issue that unites the two parties than divides them. (Politico)
- Opinion – Internet freedom should be a global priority: Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged the U.S. government to oppose attempts to give the UN and ITU more control over Internet governance, arguing that “greater connectivity will help bring greater prosperity to people around the world.” (Politico)
- EU moves towards extractive disclosure: A key committee in the European Parliament approved legislation that would force extractives industry firms to report their payments to governments in countries where they operate. The U.S. SEC recently approved similar disclosure rules. (Wall Street Journal)
- NAB rethinking political ad suit? The National Association of Broadcasters may be reconsidering its efforts to challenge an FCC order requiring TV stations to post political ad data online. On Monday they moved to delay their lawsuit and told a federal court that they needed time to decide whether to drop the case completely. (The Hill)
- Setback for Van Hollen: A federal appeals court overturned a lower court’s decision in a case brought by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) that would have forced some of the dark money groups spending money this year to disclose information about their donors. (Politico)
- Archive News: The Internet Archive has the ambitious goal of collecting “all the books, music and video that has ever been produced by humans,” but they’re getting there by tackling small,achievable, goals. Most recently, their online collection was updated to include all the news produced over the past three years by 20 different channels. (New York Times)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:
- H.R. 6406. The Non-Federal Employee Whistleblower Protection Act of 2012. Referred to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, and Education and the Workforce.
- H.R. 6409. Private Sector Whistleblower Protection Streamlining Act of 2012. Referred to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce.
HAPPENING TODAY 9/19:
- Business meeting on S. 3310 The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 and others. Senate Foreign Relations. 2:15 pm. S-116 Capitol.
- Economic impact of ending funding the the ACS and other government statistics. Joint Economic Committee. 2:30 pm. 210 CHOB.
- Long Term Challenges for Internet Governance. Center for Strategic and International Studies. 9:00 am. 1800 K Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006.
- Library of Congress – New Legislative Information Resource. Library of Congress. 12:00 pm. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 119 and 113, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC.
- A conversation with Senator Wyden and Senator Rubio: Holding higher education accountable. American Enterprise Institute. 1:30 pm. 1150 17th Street NW, 12th floor, AEI, Washington, DC 20036.
- Waging war on corruption: A conversation with Frank Vogl and Roger Bate. American Enterprise Institute. 5:30 – 7:30 pm. 1150 17th Street NW, 12th floor, AEI, Washington, DC 20036.