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Republicans blame Sandy for killing Romney's momentum

November 5, 2012 The election is still a day away, but the political pundits who might be on the losing side of the vote are already preparing their excuses for what went wrong. The early line coming from some Republicans is that Hurricane Sandy really put the brakes on Mitt Romney's campaign, just ...

Obama and Romney Offer Dueling Closing Arguments in Op-Eds

November 2, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn Read Barack Obama's Op-Ed | Read Mitt Romney's Op-Ed On the last Friday before the election, CNN is giving both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney a chance to spell out their "vision for America." The two presidential candidates were each givens a spot ...

Secret Service Agent who was under investigation commits suicide

November 2, 2012 A Secret Service agent who had served on President Obama's protection detail appears to have committed suicide while he was under investigation for inappropriate conduct. Special Agent Rafael Prieto was reportedly under investigation for having a romantic relationship with a foreign citizen that he did not disclose to his superiors. ...

Mitt Romney finally answers the FEMA question

November 1, 2012 After days of not hearing reporters' questions about what he wants to do with Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mitt Romney's campaign finally released a statement that (sort of) provides an answer. Late on Wednesday night, the campaign gave reporters a brief comment on the matter in response to his earlier ...

Lawmaker takes a stand against hurricane relief

October 31, 2012 Rep. Steve King of Iowa is defending his vote against relief for Hurricane Katrina, because he claims some of the money was spent on "Gucci bags and massage parlors." During a debate in Mason City, Iowa, last night, King said he doesn't want to sign off on federal spending for ...

Did Iran hack the world's biggest oil company?

October 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Saudi Aramco, the world's most valuable company, was recently hit by a nasty computer virus and the U.S. says Iran is to blame for it. According to a report by Nicole Perlroth in The New York Times, the attack (which happened in August) may have been one of "the most ...

Credit card hackers strike at Barnes & Noble

October 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Thieves stole credit and debit card PINs from thousands Barnes & Noble customers, not by breaking into the company's website, but by hacking the keypads sitting right on their store counters. The FBI is reportedly investigating claims that keypads where customers swipe their cards and enter their own personal ID ...

Russian rocket launch brings a new crew to the Space Station

October 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Soyuz rocket is preparing to lifted off from Kazakhstan within the hour and will carry three new astronauts to their temporary home on the International Space Station. Cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin are joined by American engineer Kevin Ford as the crew begins a six-month mission into outer ...

Did the CIA arrange a marriage in order to kill Al-Awlaki?

October 15, 2012 A Danish spy claims that the third marriage of terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki was actually part of a CIA plot to set up the al-Qaeda leader for a CIA assassination attempt. A former member of Denmark's intelligence service claims that he was paid by the CIA to introduce the American-born al-Awlaki ...

TSA employees give Newark Airport security low marks

October 8, 2012 An investigation of TSA employees at Newark Liberty Airport found that the people charged with screening passengers for flights are doing important parts of their job correctly less than 20 percent of the time. That evaluation comes from TSA employees from other airports who were asked to secretly observe Newark ...