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The House votes down a digital-TV delay

Color me surprised, at least briefly: The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday didn't pass a bill that would have delayed until June the conversion from analog to digital TV signals. The vote was 258 to 168 in favor of changing the date from Feb. 18 to June 12, but because its consideration was expedited, the bill needed a two-thirds majority to pass. The Senate passed its version of the bill Monday night.

The question is, will the House stand by its decision? Remember, it also voted against the Bush administration's bank bailout last fall before caving a couple of days late when the White House waved some more goodies around. I suspect the Obama administration, which supports the delay, will try the same thing. Stay tuned.


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