Government officials take cybersecurity threat seriously | Hackers access Michelle Obama's, other celebrities' credit reports | Analysis: Obama attempts to smooth over congressional gridlock
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March 13, 2013
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Government officials take cybersecurity threat seriously
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U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that cyber-attacks are a greater threat to national security than terrorism, transnational organized crime and weapons of mass destruction. The announcement came as the Obama administration said the military's Cyber Command is establishing 13 teams to launch offensive cyber-attacks on other countries during wartime. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12)
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Hackers access Michelle Obama's, other celebrities' credit reports
The three biggest credit-reporting companies in the U.S. announced that hackers were able to access credit reports for famous people, including first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder and entertainers including Beyonce and Paris Hilton. Experian, Equifax and TransUnion said the hackers used personal information such as Social Security numbers that was accessed elsewhere to get the credit reports. (3/12), CNN/PoliticalTicker blog (3/12)
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Analysis: Obama attempts to smooth over congressional gridlock
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Spurred by continued congressional gridlock, falling poll numbers in response to sequestration and the media, President Barack Obama has ramped up his schmoozing over the past week, treating Democrats and Republicans to dinner and visiting lawmakers on Capitol Hill. "I think the outreach he's been doing is a good thing. I'm all for it," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said. But, is it enough? Alex Altman writes, "Meals and merlot can soothe raw relationships, but they won't soften Republican opposition to higher taxes, or Democrats' determination to preserve entitlement programs." (3/13)
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Data Points
The graying of the American workforce
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Face the Facts USA
There is more gray hair in the workplace these days. The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that a higher percentage of Americans age 55 and older are working today than at any time since 1960. The bureau cites a number of factors for this trend, including the economic pressures of the recession and the need for workers to retain employer-provided health insurance. Face the Facts USA (3/11)
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Rodman is planning to vacation in N. Korea
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Rodman, Kim/Reuters
Two weeks ago, former NBA star Dennis Rodman became the first American to meet the elusive North Korean President Kim Jong Un. The two have become best buddies, it would appear. Rodman has had nothing but good things to say about the eccentric young dictator since his return to the U.S., and Rodman claims that he and Kim are planning a vacation together in North Korea this summer. (3/12)
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