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WASHINGTON - House Democrats have shelved a last-ditch effort to broker a compromise between phone, cable and Internet companies on rules that would prohibit broadband providers from blocking or degrading online traffic flowing over their networks.
Kan. GOP candidate's campaign links to racist blog
WICHITA, Kan. - Republican congressional candidate Mike Pompeo apologized Thursday after his campaign posted on its Twitter feed and Facebook page a link to a blog that uses a racial slur to refer to his Democratic opponent and calls President Barack Obama an "evil muslim communist USURPER." Pompeo, who is running for Kansas' 4th Congressional District, said a staffer, who he declined to identify other than saying it was the campaign's communications director, posted the link to the wrong Google alert on Wednesday before the campaign realized the mistake and removed it an hour later.

WASHINGTON - House Republicans on Thursday unhinged an $80 billion technology bill after forcing a vote that Democrats said would expose their members to election-year attack ads claiming they support pornography.

BIG QUESTIONS: Executives from Comcast and NBC Universal had to explain in two congressional hearings Thursday why they think consumers and rivals won't be hurt if the cable TV provider takes control of the entertainment company.

WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats challenged executives from Comcast Corp.
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