- - Thursday, March 22, 2012

SEATTLE — A U.S. senator is writing a bill that would stop the practice of employers asking job applicants for their Facebook or other social-media passwords, he told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, said that such a practice is an “unreasonable invasion of privacy for people seeking work.”

“These practices seem to be spreading, which is why federal law ought to address them. They go beyond the borders of individual states and call for a national solution,” said Mr. Blumenthal, who first spoke to Politico on Wednesday.

The AP reported this week that some private and public agencies around the country are asking job seekers for their social-media credentials. The practice has alarmed privacy advocates, but the legality of it remains murky.

MASSACHUSETTS

Sen. Scott P. Brown cites his mother's history of abusive relationships with men as he pushes for renewal of a domestic-violence law. (Associated Press)
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Brown cites mother in domestic-violence law push

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Scott P. Brown is pointing to his mother’s history of abusive relationships with men as he pushes for renewal of a domestic-violence law that has met with opposition from some fellow Republicans.

In recent days, the Massachusetts Republican has released a radio ad and taken to the floor of the Senate to call for the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act. On Friday, he and his sister plan to tour a shelter.

Mr. Brown said he takes his support for the bill personally, describing himself as a victim of domestic violence, but Democrats say he’s trying to distract female voters from his support of an amendment that could have limited birth-control coverage

Mr. Brown is locked in a tight race with his chief Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren.

CAMPAIGN

Santorum calls Romney hardly better than Obama

SAN ANTONIO — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday said Republicans “might as well” give President Obama another term if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee.

Mr. Santorum reiterated an argument he has made before: Mr. Romney is not conservative enough to offer voters a clear choice in the fall election and that only he can provide that contrast.

“You win by giving people a choice,” Mr. Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas. “You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there.”

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