The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act or PIPA, would allow the US government to seek a court order and even shut down websites that contain content or links “committing or facilitating online piracy.” Moreover, advertisers and Internet service providers would be banned from doing business with violators.However, payment and advertising networks, search engines or service providers that take voluntary action to redress detected violations – by terminating businesses with transgressor sites or comply with the law – will be granted immunity from liability charges.On Sept. 22, 2011, more than 350 trade associations, professional and labor organizations, and businesses signed a letter urging Congress to enact legislation to stop “rogue sites” from copyright infringement.Here are five key SOPA and PIPA supporters:
The political dance over the US debt ceiling crisis continued Sunday with the possibility that top lawmakers could be summoned to the White House, although no meeting had been scheduled.
Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with his bride Maria Shriver following their wedding ceremony in Hyannis, Mass., on April 25, 1986. Former California Gov. Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years announced on May 9 that they are separating.
On Monday, President Obama offered to let states design their own health systems, as long as they meet the overall goals of the national health care reform plan.
The House of Representatives cut short its August recess to return to Washington and pass a state jobs bill Tuesday. Supporters say the bill is much-needed additional stimulus; detractors argue that it has too little money to really make a dent in states' budget problems.
Jobs bill worth $26 billion has unmistakable implications for November congressional elections.
About 40 states will probably have adopted the 'Common Core' education standards by spring. But critics caution that buy-in is just a start.