| May 22, 2013, 4:58 p.m.
Bipartisan momentum is building for legislation that would give reporters new legal protections from government authorities who want them to reveal their confidential sources. But it’s far from clear whether the effort can overcome the objections that derailed similar bills in the Senate in 2007 and 2009.
| May 22, 2013, 2:55 p.m.
When Sen. John McCain recently introduced legislation to reshape how consumers watch cable television, he knew he was picking a fight with some of the most influential companies in town.
| May 22, 2013, 2:49 p.m.
The cable industry received a boost earlier this month when President Barack Obama nominated Tom Wheeler, a former head of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, cable’s top lobbying group, to chair the Federal Communications Commission.
| May 20, 2013, 5:47 p.m.
Top White House staff, including Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, knew that a potentially damaging inspector general’s report on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea party groups was looming but decided not to inform President Barack Obama.
| May 20, 2013, 5 a.m.
Did the Justice Department break the law when it secretly reviewed the phone records of more than 20 Associated Press reporters and editors? Many legal experts aren’t ready to go that far.
| May 20, 2013, 5 a.m.
We are at risk of an Internet “cold war” if the U.S. does not stand up to dangerous proposals from repressive regimes to control the Internet. As governments and members of civil society and industry gather in Geneva for the World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum, countries of the like continue to push efforts to give their governments new powers to suppress their citizens’ unfettered access to the Internet.
| May 15, 2013, 5:37 p.m.
Though plenty of noise is being made over the Department of Justice’s subpoenas of reporters’ phone records, there is a steady stream of lawmakers who remain neutral about what news organizations say was a serious threat to freedom of the press.
| May 10, 2013, 5 a.m.
From 1997 to 2009, enrollment in the Advanced Placement test for music theory grew by 362 percent and enrollment in the computer science AB AP test grew by only 12 percent, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Pop quiz: Which of those fields is part of one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. jobs market?
| May 8, 2013, 2:12 p.m.
With the passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act by the House, Congress has taken a very important step to increase the nation’s cybersecurity posture. But let’s remember something critical — it’s just one step.
| May 8, 2013, 1:59 p.m.
Lawmakers and regulators are at odds over the best way to satisfy the public’s growing demand for wireless data. Both have made finding more spectrum to expand mobile broadband networks a priority, but members of Congress are pushing for the immediate sale of a valuable chunk of federal airwaves, while the Obama administration appears more concerned with long-term planning.
| May 8, 2013, 1:43 p.m.
Because spectrum is such a scarce resource, almost every usable chunk of airwaves in the United States is accounted for and occupied by either federal or private users.
| May 3, 2013, 12:53 p.m.
Name any issue, and you’re likely to find President Barack Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor miles apart. So when they come together on a topic of vital interest to the nation, official Washington should take notice.
| May 2, 2013, 5 a.m.
Handing your teenager your ATM card and the keys to a Ferrari is a bad idea. Teenagers are impulsive and don’t always think, or care, about how their actions will affect others. Teenagers want it all and they want it now, and patience is not among their virtues.
| April 29, 2013, 5:39 p.m.
Senate aides will learn more this week about the prosecution that supporters blame for causing the death of Internet “hacktivist” Aaron Swartz.
| April 29, 2013, 2:36 p.m.
More than 30 years ago, Nagappa Ravindra came to America from India to obtain a master’s degree in engineering. After a nine-month process, he obtained his green card. Now, he’s a citizen and owns an engineering firm in upstate New York that employs about 90 people. Today, a story like Ravindra’s could not easily be repeated — obtaining a green card in his line of work could take eight years.
| April 25, 2013, 2:35 p.m.
As former Justice Department political appointees in distinctly different administrations — Clinton (Bender) and Reagan (Fein) — we often disagree on legal matters, both politically and philosophically. But when it comes to the importance of the constitutional right to settle legal disputes in the high-stakes world of pharmaceutical-patent-infringement litigation, our views are the same.
| April 24, 2013, 5:57 p.m.
Senators backing a bill to promote collection of sales taxes for online purchases may have to work around procedurally treacherous amendments.
| April 22, 2013, 3:55 p.m.
Recent scientific developments linking Fragile X Syndrome and autism have ushered in a renewed sense of hope in the disabilities community.
| April 17, 2013, 4:21 p.m.
A “multi-stakeholder model” governs the Internet, but what does that really mean?
| April 17, 2013, 4:19 p.m.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee overwhelmingly backed a seemingly unremarkable bill Wednesday designed to prevent foreign governments from taking greater control of the Internet. But it’s what isn’t included in the legislation that is the most revealing.