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Jun 24, 2015

U.S. to alter long-term detention of immigrant families with children

By Jon Herskovitz and Doina Chiacu

(Reuters) – U.S. immigration authorities plan to cut back on
long-term detention for families with children who entered the
country illegally while speeding up how they are processed at
detention centers, the homeland security secretary said on
Wednesday.

The flood of immigrants coming mostly from Central America
and crossing the southern U.S. border has slowed from peaks last
year, but is still high, Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

Jun 24, 2015

U.S. OPM chief rebuffs lawmakers on scope of cyber breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the Office of Personnel Management refused on Wednesday to estimate how many millions of Americans were affected by recent hack attacks on her agency’s computers, but rejected as premature reports 18 million were compromised.

OMP Director Katherine Archuleta conceded the number of people whose data was hacked could increase from initial estimates.

Jun 16, 2015

U.S. government agency thwarts hackers 10 million times per month

WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – Attacks such as the one that
exposed the personal data of millions of U.S. federal workers
will continue and are likely to increase, said the head of one
agency that thwarts 10 million attempted hacks every month.

Katherine Archuleta, who leads the U.S. Office of Personnel
Management (OPM), came under fierce attack during a
congressional hearing on Tuesday over the data breach revealed
last week.

Jun 16, 2015

U.S. official says hacking problem ‘decades in the making’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The data breach exposing the personal data of millions of federal workers reflects decades of neglect of the U.S. government’s computer systems and could have been much worse, the head of the Office of Personnel Management said on Tuesday.

Katherine Archuleta said two security breaches OPM detected in the spring were discovered and contained because of new security measures the agency has taken in the last year, according to prepared testimony.

Jun 4, 2015

Cyber attack hits 4 million current, former U.S. federal workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hackers breached the computers of the U.S. government agency that collects personnel information for federal workers in a massive cyber attack that compromised the data of about 4 million current and former employees, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

A U.S. law enforcement source told Reuters a foreign entity or government was believed to be behind the cyber intrusion against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and media reports said authorities suspected it originated in China.

Jun 4, 2015

U.S. says 4 million current, former federal employees hit by data breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hackers breached the computer system of the U.S. government agency that collects personnel information for federal workers, compromising the data of about 4 million current and former employees, U.S. officials said on Thursday

Authorities suspect the cyber attack originated in China, according to media reports, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had launched a probe and would hold the culprits accountable.

May 28, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Former NY Governor George Pataki launches presidential bid

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Republican presidential candidate and former New York Governor George Pataki formally anounces his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Exeter, New Hampshire, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Former New York Governor George Pataki entered the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, positioning himself as a Washington outsider and moderate who won three terms in a heavily Democratic state.

May 28, 2015

Former NY Governor Pataki launches 2016 Republican presidential bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former New York Governor George Pataki entered the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Thursday, positioning himself as a Washington outsider and moderate who won three terms in a heavily Democratic state.

Pataki, 69, enters a crowded field that includes a number of staunch conservatives who hope to attract the support from the Republican base of presidential primary voters.

May 17, 2015

U.S. Republicans claim enough votes to pass fast-track trade bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top Republicans predicted on Sunday that both chambers of Congress would muster the votes to pass the “fast-track” authority sought by President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals, despite opposition from Obama’s fellow Democrats.

“Yes, we’ll pass it. We’ll pass it later this week,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with ABC.

May 8, 2015

U.S. asks China to investigate cyber attack targeting U.S. sites

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has asked Beijing to investigate reports that China interfered with Internet content hosted outside the country and used it to attack U.S. websites, the State Department said on Friday.

“We are concerned by reports that China has used a new cyber capability to interfere with the ability of worldwide Internet users to access content hosted outside of China,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said.