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Sunday, June 23, 2024

Obama, Pentagon plan cyberspace war command

The Pentagon plans to create a new military command for cyberspace, stepping up preparations by the armed forces to conduct both offensive and defensive computer warfare, the New York Times said on Friday.

The military command will complement a civilian effort President Barack Obama plans to announce on Friday that will overhaul the way the United States safeguards its computer networks, the newspaper said on its website.

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Widespread abuse of government credit cards

Laser eye surgery may improve one’s visual horizons, but it doesn’t qualify as a travel expense, a congressional office says in a report on abuses of the federal travel card system.

The Congressional Research Service, in a recent survey, found that federal employees in a wide range of agencies misuse travel cards to buy goods for their personal use, travel first-class or simply bilk the government.

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The two sides of Sonia Sotomayor

There are two sides to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor: a Latina from a blue-collar family and a wealthy member of America’s power elite.

The White House portrays Sotomayor as a living image of the American dream, though its telling of the rags-to-riches story emphasizes the rags, a more politically appealing narrative, and plays down the riches.

Branding a complex person in a simplistic way can backfire in the highly charged environment surrounding her coming Senate hearing.

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Not much drama in Sotomayor confirmation

This town loves nothing so much as the prospect of a good battle over a Supreme Court nominee. Endless hours are devoted to speculation about the chances of Senate confirmation and every stone on the candidate’s path through life will be turned over by the press, opposing forces and just plain acquaintances who want a moment in the spotlight.

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So, what happens to Detroit now?

It’s surreal to be here in the Motor City these days, wondering how or if it will reinvent itself. As Pittsburgh was once Steel City and then became a Mecca for medical researchers, one wonders if this symbol of man’s ingenuity in moving around will find new life or decay even more.

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Let’s face it: America is broke

"We’re out of money," President Obama admitted. "We’re operating in deep deficits," he said in a C-Span interview last week.

While Obama is refreshingly realistic, he resembles a man who strolls into a bar, sees that his wallet is empty, and then slaps a round of drinks for everyone onto his wheezing credit card.

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Time Warner’s long corporate nightmare is almost over. It announced that it would dump AOL by spinning off the onetime new media giant as an independent company by the end of the year.

The 2001 merger of AOL and Time Warner, a deal valued at $124 billion, was hailed as the marriage of new media and old media with trendy new media in the driver’s seat. It was a short trip.

The dot-com bubble burst. AOL’s stock turned out to be greatly overvalued, its business model in decline and, moreover, the two corporate cultures grew to detest each other.

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What should the U.S. do about North Korea?

North Korea is rattling the saber again. But this time, Kim Jong Il may unsheathe his sword on South Korea and U.S. troops stationed there.

Pyongyang this week tested a nuclear weapon and launched three missiles in two days over the Sea of Japan. The North Koreans then said they would no longer recognize the 1953 armistice that suspended the Korean War and threatened Seoul with attack if South Korea attempted to search any North Korean ships for unlawful nuclear materials.

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So now there are going to be 6 Catholics on the High Court?

Someone has to say this. Someone has to be willing to break the taboo and say that Obama is not perfect. Someone has to say this is a terrible mistake. The Repugs don’t dare go here because they are too busy privately congratulating themselves on getting yet another Catholic on the High Court. Sotomayor is a shoe-in because what ever else she is, she is ROMAN.

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