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Love him or hate him, the Hustler publisher has never compromised his beliefs He shared them -- including why he wants the former secretary of state to be president -- during a visit to Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer's communications class at the University of Southern California He shared them—including why he wants the former secretary of state to be president—during a visit to Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer's communications class at the University of Southern California.

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When Robert Gibbs left his White House post as the Obama administration's chief communicator, he made some vague noises about his plans for the future beyond maintaining loose professional ties with his former boss. Now it looks as though he may join another powerful institution: Facebook.

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Congress asked the FCC to develop a national broadband plan, and the agency is running with it. Among the FCC's just announced long-term goals: for every American to have access to affordable broadband, for at least 100 million Americans to have access to 100-mbps download speeds and for the U.S. to have the broadest and fastest wireless networks in the world.

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Thanks to the runaway success of the iPhone, AT&T has the largest wireless network in the country -- and the lousiest. Fed-up subscribers, who pay the telco about $30 a month just for data (and another $40 or so for voice), are planning an assault this Friday called Operation Chokehold. (continued)

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The Federal Communications Commission has a long and disappointing history of generally failing to regulate ever-larger media and telecommunications companies, except, during fits of prudishness, in the area of so-called indecency. But the latest incarnation of the FCC is proving to be more of a consumer advocate than its predecessors. (continued)

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Russell Tice helped blow the whistle on Bush's warrantless wiretapping program back in 2005, but the revelations don't end there. On Wednesday's "Countdown," the former NSA analyst said the agency had "monitored all communications" and specifically targeted journalists.

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It's hard to get cell reception in an out-of-the-way place like Sedona, Ariz., but it helps if you sit on the Senate committee that oversees the telecommunications industry. The Washington Post has learned that AT&T and Verizon, both of which have lobbying ties to the McCain campaign, provided cell towers for the McCains' ranch at no charge to the couple.

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After two months and 261 rounds of bidding, the FCC announced Tuesday that it has raised a total of $19.6 billion from the sale of the U.S. wireless spectrum. The revenue, slated to fund "public safety and digital television transition initiatives," is nearly double what Congress had previously estimated for the publicly owned spectrum.

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It seems odd, but for John McCain it was a blessing to have the chance to bury questions about his dealings with lobbyists beneath an alleged sex scandal.

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