Homeland Security chairman wants Geithner to confront WikiLeaks: House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) wants Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to add WikiLeaks and founder Julian Assange to the SDN List, which would prevent U.S. companies from conducting business with them. King, in a letter to Geithner on Wednesday: "The U.S. government simply cannot continue its ineffective piecemeal approach of responding in the aftermath of Wikileaks’ damage. The Administration must act to disrupt the Wikileaks enterprise. The U.S. government should be making every effort to strangle the viability of Assange’s organization.”
Upton makes a handful of hires: House Energy and Commerce Chairman announced additional committee hires Wednesday: Michael Bloomquist will serve as deputy general counsel after working at Wiley Rein. He has previously worked on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Science Committee, and the Interior Department. Todd Harrison will serve as chief counsel for the Oversight Subcommittee. Previous jobs: state and federal prosecutor in New York, federal prosecutor at the Justice Department, white collar criminal defense attorney for Patton Boggs. Jeff Mortier joins the committee as a professional staff member after working for Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) on telecom and healthcare issues.
Upton on his selections: "Their knowledge and expertise will be critical as Energy and Commerce takes the lead to foster a new era of job growth, repeal the budget-busting health law, fight rampant regulations, fortify our energy security, cut spending, and reduce the size of government."
VIDEO — Energy and Commerce staffers in a back room in Vegas: Miss the net-neutrality panel at CES? AT&T posted clips. It includes senior Energy and Commerce telecom counsel Neil Fried discussing how the GOP could use the Congressional Review Act to repeal the rules. Minority chief counsel Roger Sherman says he is "pretty confident … that it's likely to meet a presidential veto." More here: http://bit.ly/fydoTp.
Commerce secretary to meet with Chinese economists: Per a Commerce release, "Locke will meet with a delegation of leading Chinese economists on Thursday, organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations to discuss the economic priorities of the Chinese government, and U.S.-China economic relations in general, in advance of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit next week."
THURSDAY SCHEDULE: Locke will deliver a policy speech on US-China relations at 1 p.m. at the Capital Hilton; he will deliver remarks at 2 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce during launch of Export-Import Bank's global access initiative; Public Knowledge will hold its "World's Fair Use Day" conference starting at 9:45 a.m. in the Washington Post building and streaming at worldsfairuseday.org; the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library will unveil access to its digital archives, the largest online digitized presidential archive, with an event featuring remarks at the National Archives Building room 105 at 10 a.m.
Jarrett says White House exploring ways to support start-ups: White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said during a Brookings Institution event Wednesday the White House is exploring policies that will support start-ups. The White House is asking itself, "What can we do to further incentivize start-ups and help companies who are starts-ups to then take there companies to scale?" Jarrett said.
Around the Web:
"AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson gave some more details Wednesday as to why his firm decided to provide backing, albeit lukewarm, for the open Internet order approved late last month by the Federal Communications Commission;" more in Tech Daily Dose: http://bit.ly/e19TSz.
"Facebook has teamed up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Department of Justice and the Virginia State Police to make it easier to spread news about abducted children;" more in WaPo: http://wapo.st/fxKA6M.
"Myspace lowered the ax on its global work force, cutting 500 of its more than 1,000 employees, part of a last-ditch attempt to steady the stumbling social-media site. Myspace notified staff of the long-rumored cuts Tuesday;" more in the WSJ: http://on.wsj.com/hRAs0B.