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Obama Sides With Bush In Spy Case 906 is one of many who writes "President Obama has publicly sided with the Bush administration on the question of whether the President should be allowed to establish warrantless wiretapping programs designed to monitor US citizens. The President has asked a federal judge to stay a ruling that would allow key evidence into the domestic spying case against the government. 'Thursday's filing by the Obama administration marked the first time it officially lodged a court document in the lawsuit asking the courts to rule on the constitutionality of the Bush administration's warrantless-eavesdropping program.'" jamie points out that Obama's views and opinions were made clear through his Senate vote and numerous public statements, but many others see this as a disappointing start to an administration promising transparency and openness.
The Internet

2/3 of Americans Without Broadband Don't Want It 538

Ant writes in with news that won't be welcomed by the incoming US administration as it tries to expand the availability of broadband Internet service. A recent report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project indicates, as noted by Ars Technica, that two-thirds of Americans without broadband don't want it. "...when we look at the overall reasons why Americans don't have broadband, availability isn't the biggest barrier. Neither is price. Those two, combined, only account for one-third of Americans without broadband. Two-thirds simply don't want it. The bigger issue is a lack of perceived value."

Obama Staffers Followed Palin's Email Lead On Inauguration Day 407

theodp writes "Using Yahoo's free e-mail service to conduct government business was good enough for Sarah Palin. And now the Washington Times reports that Obama staffers turned to Gmail on Inauguration Day to conduct their business. Those wishing to contact members of the incoming Obama administration were instructed to contact staffers at until official White House e-mail addresses became available."

White House Exempts YouTube From Web Privacy Rules 235

An anonymous reader writes "The new White House website privacy policy promises that the site will not use long-term tracking cookies, complying with a decade old rule prohibiting such user tracking by federal agencies. However, Obama's legal team has quietly exempted YouTube from this rule. Visitors to the official White House blog will receive long-term tracking cookies whenever they surf to a web-page with an embedded YouTube video — even those users that do not click the "play" button. As CNET reports, no other company has been singled out and rewarded with such a waiver."

White Spaces Test "Rigged," Says Google Co-Founder Page 323

Davide Marney writes "As reported by the Washington Post, Google co-founder Larry Page claims that an FCC field test of white space wireless devices was 'rigged' to make the test device fail to detect wireless microphone broadcasts. A Google spokesman explained later that testers had hidden the wireless microphones within the same frequency as local television stations, preventing the test device from detecting them."

Submission + - Diebold rides again

An anonymous reader writes: A couple of candidates in the New Hampshire primary have asked for a recount.

By Wednesday morning, stories were flying all around the Internet — have you looked closely at the results of the primary? There was something strange about the votes, they said, about the difference between municipalities that hand-counted votes and those that used optical scanners. The chatter increased, and by Friday, the New Hampshire Department of State issued a press release announcing that two candidates, Democrat Dennis Kucinich and Republican Albert Howard had requested and been granted a recount, having met the following requirement:

There seems to be a big difference between the machine counted votes and the hand counted votes; big enough to change the results for the Democrats at least. Fortunately, the voting machines in this case scan paper ballots so we can have a valid recount.

Curious minds want to know. How could this have happened? Can Diebold do nothing right?
The Matrix

Submission + - Clear Evidence Of Widespread Vote Fraud In NH (

debauchery1st writes: "Suspicions of fraud, laughed at by the major media and most neo-cons, have come to surface with solid evidence of chicanery. The New Hampshire town of Sutton admits that it voided every vote Ron Paul received. Ron Paul supporters are not alone in the call for a recount, and rightly so, since hacking a diebold voting machine takes less time than installing any major Operating System on a PC, and can be done by a monkey. Even Barack Obama supporters agree that a recount is needed, but will the major media fess up to it? Another question arises from this travesty, and that is: Are the machines at fault, or would this situation happen just as easily with a typical paper ballot?"

Submission + - NH Primary Hand Counts != Diebold Machine Counts

isdale writes: There are several reports showing the hand counts in New Hampshire Primary are quite different from the machine counts:
* Hand Count Shows 15% For Ron Paul
* Diebold favors Hillary, hand count for Obama has an article claiming Director of Sales and Marketing of the one and only contractor servicing the Diebold machines uses exclusively in NH has a criminal record.

Just thought the SlashDot folks would be interested.

Submission + - Doubt cast over integrity of Clinton win (

An anonymous reader writes: According to the following: and It appears that the polls before the NH primary were statistically accurate for everybody but Clinton. They also suggest that the Diebold machines are counter to hand counting results. Is it possible the votes were rigged for Clinton giving that her own exit polling suggested she was going to lose by 11% ? Think this may be worth investigating
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Submission + - Virtual Campaign Rally in World of Warcraft (

socalmtb writes: A guild in World of Warcraft, the "RP Revolution" is holding a New Year's Day Rally in support of Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul. The rally is a virtual march from Ironforge to Stormwind. There is some concern about whether real world politics should enter a game that is supposed to create a fantasy world and the likelihood that those involved will reach non U.S. Citizens and those not old enough to vote.

Submission + - Has Fox News Excluded Ron Paul?

An anonymous reader writes: From the official campaign website:

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — According to the New Hampshire State Republican Party and an Associated Press report, Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul will be excluded from an upcoming forum of Republican candidates to be broadcast by Fox News on January 6, 2008.

"Given Ron Paul's support in New Hampshire and his recent historic fundraising success, it is outrageous that Dr. Paul would be excluded," said Ron Paul 2008 campaign chairman Kent Snyder. "Dr. Paul has consistently polled higher in New Hampshire than some of the other candidates who have been invited."

Snyder continued, "Paul supporters should know that we are continuing to make inquiries with Fox News as to why they have apparently excluded Dr. Paul from this event."

Please do not contact that New Hampshire GOP. This may not be the GOP's choice.

Submission + - Fox News To Exclude Ron Paul From NH Debate

aero2600-5 writes: While many media outlets are yet to cover this breaking news, it appears that Fox News has decided to exclude Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul from their January 6th debate in New Hampshire. Ron Paul set a fundraising record two weeks ago ($6 million in one day) and has been climbing in the polls, especially in New Hampshire where he is polling better than candidate Fred Thompson, who was invited to the forum. Is the Media trying to control our electoral process again? So far, only USA Daily has this story, and there's a press release from the Paul campaign.

Submission + - Ron Paul: Closest Creationist?

blamanj writes: While the libertarianism of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has been a big draw to the on-line community, he hasn't received the same scrutiny from the media that the high-profile candidates have. However, now that his fund-raising abilities have been noted, people are taking a closer look, and it's not all pretty. For example, when asked about evolution, he recently said, "I don't accept it, you know, as a theory". Potentially even more damaging is his column in the Ron Paul Political Report from 1992 where he said (in reference to Washington, DC), "I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.". Will the science-friendly internet supporters remain true in the face of such stupidity?
United States

Journal Journal: Who is Ron Paul? And why is Internet full of his "ideas"?

I am a Ron Paul Fan... I am in love with his ideas... Actually, I believe there should be a legislation for restricting the age of any Senior lawmaker to 65 years. But Ron Paul is different. His ideas are old, libertarian ideas, but they seem so fresh... Just what the doctor ordered for America... Ron Paul is all over the internet... Google is full of Ron Paul... YouTube has more Ron Paul videos than any other candidate.. Ron Paul is the real deal. He is so different, and media considers h

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