WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – A day after U.S. President
Barack Obama signed an executive order on ways to better defend
against cyber attacks, administration officials told a packed
audience of industry insiders that no government agency can
tackle the threat alone.
The event on Wednesday at the U.S. Department of Commerce
kicked off what is likely to be a lengthy new effort to upgrade
U.S. defenses against cyber attacks. A previous effort stalled
in Congress last year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order seeking better protection of the country’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks that are a growing concern to the economy and national security.
The long-expected executive order, unveiled in the State of the Union speech, follows last year’s failed attempt by the U.S. Congress to pass a law to confront continuing electronic attacks on the networks of U.S. companies and government agencies.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senators introduced a new proposal on Tuesday to make life easier for highly skilled immigrants and their employers to nourish America’s high-technology industries as Congress begins the long process of tackling immigration reform.
A bipartisan bill, focused largely on highly educated foreign workers, was introduced in Congress a day after another group of senators unveiled a comprehensive plan for simplifying the U.S. immigration system and giving illegal immigrants a chance to become citizens.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Mall was less crowded than four years ago, and the weather not nearly so cold. But for some fans viewing President Barack Obama’s ceremonial swearing-in for a second term of office on Monday, the moment was equally intense.
“This time I felt more emotional,” said Angela Johnson of Columbia, South Carolina, who sported a heavy coat festooned with Obama pins.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – All across Washington this weekend, the wealthy, the politically connected and the curious are putting on tuxedos and ball gowns and crowding into fancy galas to celebrate President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
This was not one of those parties.
At an inaugural celebration at Washington’s U Street Music Hall late Saturday and early Sunday, a man in a black blazer accompanied a young woman who was in a midriff-baring, sequin-covered bra. Another couple danced while wearing matching track suits.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Friday that the Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 787 Dreamliner jets will not fly again until authorities are “1,000 percent sure” they are safe.
He said authorities must first fully investigate the batteries linked to recent incidents, and he could not predict when flights would resume.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Michael Huerta joined the Federal Aviation Administration as its second-in-command in 2010, grumbles spread through the industry: This was a career transportation official but an outsider to the aerospace world.
Now, Huerta is at the helm of the FAA and has been thrust into a very public review of what is seen as the future of aviation.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With only a week left before a deadline for the United States to go over a “fiscal cliff,” lawmakers played a waiting game on Monday in the hope that someone will produce a plan to avoid harsh budget cuts and higher taxes for most Americans from New Year’s Day.
Though Republicans and Democrats have spent the better part of a year describing a plunge off the cliff as a looming catastrophe, the nation’s capital showed no outward signs of worry, let alone impending calamity.
WASHINGTON, Dec 24 (Reuters) – With only a week left before
a deadline for the United States to go over a “fiscal cliff,”
lawmakers played a waiting game on Monday in the hope that
someone will produce a plan to avoid harsh budget cuts and
higher taxes for most Americans from New Year’s Day.
Though Republicans and Democrats have spent the better part
of a year describing a plunge off the cliff as a looming
catastrophe, the nation’s capital showed no outward signs of
worry, let alone impending calamity.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In 2006, a political ad swept through the state of Arkansas, touting Asa Hutchinson’s values as “shaped in rural Arkansas, a half-mile down a dirt road.”
In his unsuccessful bid for governor, the former federal prosecutor and U.S. congressman touted his conservative political views and garnered a strong endorsement from the National Rifle Association, a powerful U.S. gun lobby.