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Ohmigod! A thinker for the Supreme Court?

When Associate Justice David Souter announced he would be retiring from the Supreme Court, President Obama lost no time in throwing a cat among the pigeons.

"I will seek someone who understands that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a casebook," he said. "It is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people's lives. . . . I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people's hopes and struggles, as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes."


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Air traffic control vulnerable to cyber attacks

The nation's air traffic control systems are vulnerable to cyber attacks, and support systems have been breached in recent months allowing hackers access to personnel records and network servers, according to a government audit.

The Transportation Department's inspector general concluded that although most of the attacks disrupted only support systems, they could spread to the operational systems that control communications, surveillance and flight information used to separate aircraft.


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Can a porn star become a U.S. Senator?

Stormy Daniels strode onstage at a downtown Baton Rouge restaurant in a tight black blouse with a plunging neckline and a knee-length skirt in the popular purple of Louisiana State University. She introduced herself with a warning.

"For those of you who don't know who I am," she told the lunch crowd at The Roux House, "I'd suggest that you don't Google that until you get home from work."


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Need a job? The Pentagon may be hiring

President Barack Obama's Defense Department plans to create 20,000 new government jobs to help revise how it buys more than $100 billion of weapons each year, the Pentagon's No. 2 official told Congress.

The Pentagon also plans to tie contract fees more closely to performance and make deals spanning two years, or more, only when "real, substantial" savings result to taxpayers, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn told the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.


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More cell phone users drop land lines

In a high-tech shift accelerated by the recession, the number of U.S. households opting for only cell phones has for the first time surpassed those that just have traditional landlines.

It is the freshest evidence of the growing appeal of wireless phones.


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No charges over interrogation memos

The Obama Justice Department will not charge the Bush Administration lawyers responsible for memos authorizing torture of prisoners but suggest instead the memo writers should face sanctions from their respective legal organizations.

The decision continues the White House's reluctance to punish the previous administration for abuses of human rights and civil liberties.


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Bailed-out banks backed subprime lenders

Giant banks that received billions of dollars of taxpayer bailout funds financially backed the subprime lenders that brought down the economy and triggered the economic crisis that now grips America and the world.

Instead of being victims of a financial collapse, the banks actually created their own problems by promoting the risky mortgage market that plunged the nation into recession.


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Posturing on the Supremes

If you believe the Republicans, President Obama will announce a new Supreme Court nominee any day now.

The White House and fellow Democrats say no decision is near nor is any expected any time soon.

Such is the posturing that comes with Supreme Court nominees.


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White House says no newspaper bailouts

The White House expressed "concern" and "sadness" on Monday over the state of the ailing US newspaper industry, but made it clear that a government bailout was not in the cards.

"I don't know what, in all honesty, government can do about it," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. "That might be a bit of a tricky area to get into given the differing roles."


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Murtha nephew got no-bid defense contracts

A company owned by a nephew of Rep. John Murtha received $4 million from the Defense Department last year for engineering and warehouse services, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Murtha, D-Pa., is chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.

Murtech Inc., based on Glen Burnie, Md., is owned by the congressman's nephew Robert C. Murtha Jr., who told the Post the company provides "necessary logistical support" to Pentagon testing programs, "and that's about as far as I feel comfortable going."


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