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  •  Chevron (none)
    Funny you mention Chevron - for the judge actually interpreted Chevron in the reverse.
    •  The judge (none)
      interpreted Chevron to mean an agency cannot ignore the law, which is what she thought they did by making NO rules for the Internet. What we are talking about NOW is WHAT rules. And the GOP commissioner clearly see their mandate much more broadly than Weintraub.

      And the opinion is not quite that definite.

      "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

      by Armando on Sun Mar 06, 2005 at 10:46:17 AM PST

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      •  The Republicans are just posturing. (none)
        They will write very restrictive rules which have no public support and are probably unconstitutional as a way to try and stop any regulation. They hope that either public outcry will change the law or the whole thing will be found unconstitutional. This is political and legal chicken with the Republican finger on the Doomsday button.
        •  You know this how? (none)

          "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

          by Armando on Sun Mar 06, 2005 at 11:03:58 AM PST

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          •  he doesn't. (none)
            The notion of Republicans on that commission writing and voting for restrictive rules is pretty laughable. Agree with them or not, folks like Smith have been pretty consistent in resisting regulation.
          •  I take them at their word. (none)
            You just wrote that the Republicans are taking an expansive view. Smith is out saying stop me before I kill again. Nobody is being very subtle here.

            This is always how this plays out. Have you followed any of the story of campaign finace reform. The Republicans oppose any reform, then they try an pile on lots of onerous and unconstitutional provisions to try and stop anything that might pass.

            This is the smae old game just moved to the internet.

            •  No (none)
              You go beyond their word.

              "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

              by Armando on Sun Mar 06, 2005 at 11:44:20 AM PST

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              •  OK I take you at your word (none)
                Your previous diary reported that Smith was out warning of onerous regulations coming for the Internet and calling for legal or legislative action to stopped them - you called him "one of the good guys" for trying to stop regulation.

                Today you report that the Republicans are pushing for exactly those broad restrictions, while the Dems want narrow rules focused on blatant spending.

                Even if they hadn't been playing this game for the last 20 years isn't it crystal clear what is going on?

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