Editorial: Congress shouldn't force Internet gambling on states

"There are troubling signs that Congress may cave to pressure from powerful online gambling interests and repeal the 2006 law that banned betting from your home computer.

Poker-playing lobbyists have spent $7.6 million since 2007 on efforts to reverse the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Those interests contributed more than $174,000 to federal candidates in just the past election cycle.

Adding to the worry of those who oppose online betting, some U.S. Indian tribes are reversing their positions and supporting a federal law to legalize the activity. Once seen as a threat to Indian casinos, some tribes now see legalization under federal rules as inevitable and don’t want to miss the opportunity to participate."

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