Christie Says It Would Have Been Political Not to Appear in Ads

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) “defended his starring role in publicly funded tourism ads that Democrats say gives him an unfair advantage in the race for governor,” the Newark Star Ledger reports. Said Christie: “I don’t see any advantage due or undue to me. I’m doing my job and if I was unwilling to […]

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“For me personally, it has been a good week.” — White House press secretary Jay Carney, quoted by the New York Times, on being in the hot seat over the controversies swirling around the administration. Read more from the original source…

Gawker Crackstarter

Gawker is trying to raise $200,000 to buy the video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine so they can publish it online. Read more from the original source…

FEC Fines Ensign Family

The Federal Election Commission has fined former Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and his parents $54,000 for improper severance payments to Cindy Hampton, a former campaign aide who had an extramarital affair with the Nevada Republican, Politico reports. “Doug Hampton, Cindy Hampton’s husband, was deputy chief of staff in Ensign’s Senate office at that time, as […]

Obama budget would cut deficits, report says

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s proposed mix of tax hikes and spending cuts would reduce future budget deficits more quickly than under current laws, according to a report issued Friday that could rekindle the dormant budget wars in Washington. Read more from the original source…

Nintendo Scoops E3 With Previews of Upcoming Titles

Nintendo has once again gone straight to gamers with its latest Nintendo Direct video to generate hype for its latest offerings. The video game console maker and game publisher announced Friday that popular characters will arrive for the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS handheld system. The latest Nintendo Direct primarily focused on games coming […]

Lawmakers Ask for Clarity on Google Glass and Privacy

Eight members of Congress have sent a letter to Google asking about the privacy implications of Google Glass. The letter was sent from Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and seven other lawmakers from the bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus. It asks Google whether users will be able to opt in to various proposed scenarios. They ask, for […]

Dell’s Weak Q1 Earnings Throw Fuel on Buyout Fire

Dell’s quarterly earnings fell short of Wall Street expectations this week, leading to more questions about whether or not shareholders will accept Michael Dell’s buyout offer and regroup as a private company. The PC maker reported a net income of $130 million, or 7 cents per share, during its most recent quarter. If not for […]

Shopping for Cool: Yahoo! Board Reportedly Set to Weigh $1.1B Tumblr Deal

Updated May 17, 8:20 p.m. EST: Yahoo!’s board plans to meet Sunday to decide whether to approve a $1.1 billion all-cash offer for New York-based social blogging platform Tumblr, AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka reported late Friday. If approved by Yahoo!’s board, the deal — which could still fall through — will be announced Monday. Earlier Friday, Yahoo! […]

Unemployment Falls in 40 U.S. States, Rises in 3

(WASHINGTON) — Solid hiring helped lower unemployment rates in 40 U.S. states last month, the most since November. The declines show the job market is improving throughout most of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates increased in only three states: Louisiana, Tennessee and North Dakota. Rates were unchanged in seven states. […]

Google Scolded on Taxes by British MPs

In what likely amounts to a combination of headline-chasing and genuine frustration, members of the British Parliament sounded off this week on Google and the company’s tax practices. Margaret Hodge, chair of the public accounts committee, told Matt Brittin, Google’s northern Europe boss, that Google’s behavior on taxes was “devious” and “unethical.” She added, for […]