Posts by Mandy Nagy  (Page 20)
 

HHS declines to testify before House committee on Obamacare rollout

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Posted by    Friday, October 18, 2013 at 2:47pm 10/18/2013 at 2:47pm

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on October 24th to address the issues surrounding the health care law’s rollout.  The committee sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking that she appear before the committee to respond to inquiries and address her pre-launch...

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NSA leaker Edward Snowden says he didn’t take any secret files to Russia

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Posted by    Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 8:12pm 10/17/2013 at 8:12pm

Edward Snowden says that he did not take any of the National Security Agency’s files with him to Russia, according to the NY Times, which says it conducted an extensive interview this month with the former NSA contractor.

From the NY Times:

Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, said in an...

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Sheriff says he would charge parents in cyberbullying case if he could

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Posted by    Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 5:31pm 10/17/2013 at 5:31pm

The other day, I posted the story about two middle school girls arrested after a bullied girl’s suicide.  The case of Rebecca Sedwick has been...

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Answers remain scarce weeks into Obamacare website launch

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Posted by    Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 2:50pm 10/17/2013 at 2:50pm

Two weeks into the launch of the Obamacare website, issues continue to be unearthed and the administration remains short on answers.

A few interesting paragraphs from this piece in Politico last night:

At a summit of health care advocacy groups at the Newseum on Tuesday, the audience was asked how many had successfully...

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Father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden says his son has more secrets to share

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Posted by    Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:00am 10/17/2013 at 11:00am

The father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden said Wednesday that his son has more secrets to share, and that staying in Russia allows his son “to continue to push these issues forward.”

From Reuters:

Father Lon Snowden spoke at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York shortly after returning to the United...

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NSA Director Keith Alexander expected to depart by April

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Posted by    Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 9:30am 10/17/2013 at 9:30am

(Photo: AP)

National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander, who also serves as Commander of the United States Cyber Command, is expected to depart by next March or April, according to a Reuters news report.

The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, U.S....

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LIVE: Senate vote on budget bill (Update – passes both Houses)(Peter King declares war on Ted Cruz)

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7:36pm 10/16/2013 at 7:36pm

The Senate is expected to vote this evening on a short-term bill to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

You can watch it live below.

The full text of the plan can be found here.

Updates (by waj): Passed both Houses of Congress.

Via Twitchy, Peter King declares war on...

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Police: Suspect arrested over Los Angeles airport dry ice devices was ‘prankster’

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 3:29pm 10/16/2013 at 3:29pm

Police say a Los Angeles airport ground service employee who was arrested after several dry ice bombs were found at the airport Sunday and Monday left the devices as a prank.

From the LA Times:

The ground service employee arrested in connection with a string of dry ice bombs found at Los Angeles...

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Stop texting before you go to sleep

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:10pm 10/16/2013 at 12:10pm

For all you smartphone addicts out there, it’s time to start silencing it or turning it off at night.  Or at least stop sending texts before you go to sleep.  In comes this earth shattering news that texting before you turn in for the night is bad for your quality...

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Senate restarts deal talks on shutdown and debt limit – UPDATED

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10:12am 10/16/2013 at 10:12am

Just a quick post to say that it looks like it will be back to discussing a Senate plan today, after no success with the House yesterday.  There are a series of meetings that are supposed to occur today.  We’ll add any major updates to the end of this post as...

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Greenwald to leave The Guardian for “very substantial new media outlet”

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 8:00pm 10/15/2013 at 8:00pm

News broke this afternoon courtesy of Buzzfeed that Glenn Greenwald Will Leave Guardian To Create New News Organization:

Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer and blogger who brought The Guardian the biggest scoop of the decade, is departing the London-based news organization, for a brand-new, large-scale, broadly focused media outlet, he told BuzzFeed Tuesday.

Greenwald, 46, published...

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Two middle school girls arrested after bullied girl’s suicide

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:58pm 10/15/2013 at 5:58pm

Two middle school girls were arrested by Florida authorities Monday evening and charged with felony Aggravated Stalking in connection with the case of 12 year old Rebecca Sedwick, who committed suicide in September.

Sedwick took her own life after months of alleged bullying, which included cyberbullying.

From USA Today:

Florida authorities have arrested two...

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Senate and House work on competing plans on shutdown and debt limit – UPDATE

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 12:42pm 10/15/2013 at 12:42pm

See UPDATES at the bottom of this post.

There have been some new developments today as the negotiations on the shutdown and debt limit continue.  The big one is that the House GOP is now

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Twitter now allows direct messages from any follower, regardless of followback

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:42am 10/15/2013 at 10:42am

For those of you who use Twitter, here’s some useful news.

From The Verge:

Twitter is rolling out an option to ease the use of direct messages. Traditionally, Twitter has allowed users who...

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Google+ users change profile pics to Google’s Eric Schmidt to protest new ads

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Posted by    Monday, October 14, 2013 at 8:55pm 10/14/2013 at 8:55pm

(Photo: Google)

Many Google users were recently annoyed to find that their user names and profile pictures may soon appear next to ads and listings called shared endorsements across various Google pages.  From ABC News:

The day after Facebook announced that it was removing a privacy option that would

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Latest updates on talks over shutdown, debt limit deal

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Posted by    Monday, October 14, 2013 at 5:52pm 10/14/2013 at 5:52pm

There have been a series of meetings today to discuss the situation on the shutdown and debt limit.  Some headlines from this afternoon, if you’re just catching up:

Reuters reports Senators close in on deal as threat of default nears:

The plan under discussion would raise the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling by enough...

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KY man gets prison time for hacking social networking accounts to change conservative comments

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Posted by    Monday, October 14, 2013 at 3:30pm 10/14/2013 at 3:30pm

A 38-year old Kentucky man has been sentenced to five months in prison and two years probation after hacking into accounts on the SodaHead.com social networking site to change comments that held conservative views*.

From Cincinnati.com:

His lawyer dubbed him the Robin Hood of pranksters. Federal prosecutors characterized him as a computer hacker...

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