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The Direct Marketing Association is leading a broad group of industry associations in asking Congress to pass a national data breach notification law. The letter, signed by 16 trade associations representing thousands of the leading companies across the information economy, notes American businesses have compelling incentives to protect sensitive information and maintain valuable customer relationships—and that they work tirelessly to implement security measures to safeguard data.

House Republican leaders have given up on passing postal reform legislation for the foreseeable future. They have indicated that they do not intend to take up either the Senate-passed postal reform measure or alternative House legislation before the month-long August recess, which begins on Aug. 4. Even after the House returns on Sept. 10, it is unlikely that postal legislation will be brought to the floor during the eight days in September and early October when Congress will be in session, before taking a six-week break for the election recess.

The Supreme Court will announce a series of decisions about the constitutionality of the health insurance law passed in 2010 later this month, and House Republicans are planning an experimental online effort to gin up renewed support for repeal. The campaign, brainchild of National Republican Congressional Committee Digital Director Gerrit Lansing, takes a fresh approach to old-school petitioning, one that combines social media gizmos with a retro tech twist. (Part of the plan involves a computer printer that has its own Twitter account. Follow along if you can.)

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