But the program could be altered, he said, “so it maintains the fundamental elements of public financing,” which include making candidates less beholden to contributors and helping to level the playing field for candidates facing better-financed opponents.

The proposal, which passed through the Rules Committee on Monday with no recommendation, will be considered by the full board today. It calls for capping the amount of public money an eligible candidate can receive at $900,000. Period.

The current allocation of public funds now stands at up to $900,000 per eligible mayoral candidate – with a big caveat: Candidates participating in the public financing program can go above the ceiling if spending by their opponents’ campaigns or independent expenditure campaigns exceeds the cap. That no longer would be allowed under the proposed change.

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The European Commission, the European Union’s competition watchdog, opened two investigations into whether IBM was abusing its dominant position in the market for mainframe computers in July 2010. One of the probes focused on the company’s profitable maintenance services.

A second investigation, which the Commission closed Tuesday, was examining whether IBM was unfairly tying its mainframe hardware with its operating system.

Mainframes are powerful computers that are used mostly by big companies and governments.

“I commend IBM’s readiness to address our concerns about fair competition in the market for large computers which are crucial for the functioning of today’s economy,” Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in a statement.

The Commission said it informed IBM in August that its preliminary assessment showed that IBM “may have imposed unreasonable conditions for supplying competing mainframe maintenance service providers.”

IBM, according to a notice published in the EU’s official journal, said it was offering the concessions to the EU and competitors even though it didn’t agree with the Commission’s initial assessment of a potential abuse of dominance.

The concessions include a commitment by IBM to make spare parts and technical information more easily available to other mainframe maintainers over the next five years.

In a statement, IBM said it welcomed the decision to close the second investigation and “the proposed resolution of the Commission’s investigation of certain IBM mainframe maintenance practices.”

The Commission is now asking IBM’s competitors and customers to comment on the commitments to decide whether they are sufficient.

Mainframe sales make up a small portion of IBM’s revenue, but the company has been making a lot of money selling software and services linked to the hardware it produces.

The closing of the probe into whether IBM was unlawfully tying its mainframe hardware with its operating system will come as a relief to the 100-year-old company. That investigation was triggered by complaints from emulator software vendors T3 and Turbo Hercules, which were later joined by Neon Enterprise Software.

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Repeal of a 1993 law that allowed gays to serve only so long as they kept their sexual orientation private took effect Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. EDT.

Some in Congress still oppose the change, but top Pentagon leaders have certified that it will not undermine the military’s ability to recruit or to fight wars.

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The government is believed to have the support of only 33 lawmakers in the 90-member assembly. Still, Pahor urged the assembly to back his minority cabinet rather than go for the early ballot in the midst of European economic turmoil.

“Due to the immense international financial crisis, Slovenia is more at risk if it plunges into a political crisis and the paralysis of the state over the elections,” Pahor told parliament.

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There’s nothing worse than planning to work out and not being able to find your trainers, or realizing all your kit is dirty, or that your exercise bike is buried under a mound of clothes.

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There’s nothing worse than planning to work out and not being able to find your trainers, or realizing all your kit is dirty, or that your exercise bike is buried under a mound of clothes.

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In an interview to CNN IBN, Roy said she is glad that the civil society’s Jan Lokpal bill did not go through in parliament.

‘I am extremely glad that the Jan Lokpal bill did not go through parliament in its current form,’ Roy said.

‘I think the legislation is a dangerous piece of work. You used the real and legitimate anger of the people against corruption to push through this specific piece of legislation, which is very regressive according to me,’ she added.

Alleging that activist Anna Hazare, who spearheaded the anti-corruption movement, was used just as a prop, Roy said: ‘It was an NGO-driven movement by Kiran Bedi, (Arvind) Kejriwal and (Manish) Sisodia. Three of them run NGOs.’

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