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March 14, 2013
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Grassley wants answers on alleged racist behavior at Justice Dept.
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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley asked Wednesday why the Justice Department is still employing people who were found to exhibit "hostile, racist and inappropriate behavior," after a report was released by Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealing racial issues within the Civil Rights Division. The division is lead by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, who is being considered for labor secretary. The Washington Times (3/13)
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Obama gathers CEOs to discuss cybersecurity concerns
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JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan were among corporate leaders who met with President Barack Obama to discuss issues related to cybersecurity. The meeting was part of the administration's efforts to raise alarms about threats posed by hackers. Dimon said the meeting was "very helpful, productive." Bloomberg (3/13)
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How much do you know about the new pope?
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Francis/Reuters
The choice of 76-year-old Jose Mario Bergoglio as the newly named Pope Francis was a surprise to many. The Argentine son of Italian immigrants would ride the bus to work when he served as archbishop of Buenos Aires. He is the first member of the Jesuit order elected to the papacy, as well as the first pope chosen from the Americas. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/14)
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Daily Diversion
Expecting the zombie apocalypse? Maybe you're just unhappy
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Reuters
The popularity of zombies tends to spike when the population experiences a bout of unhappiness brought on by events such as economic distress and the Iraq war, according to Clemson University English professor Sarah Lauro. "We are more interested in the zombie at times when as a culture we feel disempowered," Lauro said. "And the facts are there that, when we are experiencing economic crises, the vast population is feeling disempowered." WNBC-TV (New York)/The Associated Press (3/11)
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The essence of good government is trust."
-- Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services
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