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2008-08-08 06:00:21

By Tony Batt By TONY BATT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON - A new bill that would limit the Internet gambling ban to sports betting while exempting poker and other online wagering is splitting poker advocates. The Poker Players Alliance, a group that lobbies Congress against the ban, is opposed to the bill. Former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R- N.Y., who is the alliance chairman, said it does nothing to clear up confusion about the definition of unlawful Internet gambling. But Jay...

2008-07-14 06:00:18

By Tony Batt By TONY BATT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON - Despite a stunning setback in his effort to roll back a ban on Internet gambling, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., says the issue is not going away. "At this point, I'm waiting to see what the Republicans, who voted against this, plan to do after getting the heat for killing it," Frank said this week. Opponents of the ban were oozing confidence on June 25 as the House Financial Services Committee prepared to vote on an...

2008-06-27 06:02:28

By Tony Batt By TONY BATT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON - Any chance of Congress rolling back an Internet gambling ban this year died Wednesday when a House committee deadlocked on an amendment to prevent federal agencies from drafting regulations to enforce the ban. The House Financial Services Committee voted 32-32 on an amendment by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., to block the Federal Reserve and Department of Treasury from completing the new rules until the agencies defined...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.