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America’s top cyber-warrior quits without warning

After months of successful, high profile hacking attacks against U.S. government networks, the leader of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has called it quits, leaving his job without warning or explanation, Information Week reported Monday. US-CERT, run by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cyber Security Division, is…

Walker to close 10 DMV offices after passing voter ID law

Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s administration is moving forward with a plan that would close as many as 10 driver’s license offices only months before a new law will require voters to present a photo ID before casting a ballot. On May 25, Walker signed the voter photo ID bill…

Republican Rep. warns of Obama impeachment if GOP forces debt default

A Republican member of the House of Representatives declared today that President Barack Obama could be impeached if the U.S. defaults on its debts. The comment is from Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who told his followers on Twitter that they should “stop talking about” a potential U.S. default. “The 1st…

Anti-tax group evacuates office after threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Police evacuated the office of anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist in Washington on Monday after a caller phoned his office with a bomb threat, authorities said. No explosives were found and police said they had no information on a possible motive. Norquist and his lobby group, Americans for…

IMF warns on U.S. debt, markets slide

Pressure rose on President Barack Obama and top lawmakers Monday to avert a ruinous US debt default just days away, as stocks slipped and the IMF warned of a “severe shock” to the world economy. Obama cancelled a pair of political fundraisers as Democrats and Republicans huddled separately in congress…

Physicists closing in on ‘God particle’

Experiments at the world’s biggest atom smasher have yielded tantalising hints that a long-sought sub-atomic particle truly exists, with final proof likely by late 2012, physicists said Monday. “We know everything about the Higgs boson except whether it exists,” said Rolf Heuer, director general of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). “We can…

Obama cancels fundraisers to deal with debt crisis

President Barack Obama has canceled several fundraising events for his 2012 reelection campaign to deal with the US government debt crisis stalemate, officials said Monday. Obama, who raised some $86 million in the second quarter for his reelection effort, has scrapped events in California and in Seattle, Washington, according to…

NYT writer: James and Rupert Murdoch are ‘done’

With James Murdoch being pursued for allegedly lying to the British Parliament, and his father Rupert on the ropes and refusing to accept any responsibility for the mess his company has created, at least one prominent writer for The New York Times is predicting the downfall of both men. “Mr.…

Coulter: Bachmann probably can’t win

Conservative author Ann Coulter told CBS’ Chris Wragge and Rebecca Jarvis Monday that Republicans are so “obsessed” with finding the perfect presidential candidate because President Barack Obama is vulnerable. “Is the perfect candidate out there?” Wragge asked. “Well, obviously my love, Chris Christie,” Coulter replied. “It’s going to be so…

Palin’s ‘Undefeated’ is defeated at box office, already on pay-per-view

By Glynnis MacNicol Further evidence Sarah Palin has lost her crowd appeal. The Undefeated, the documentary (propaganda film) Palin commissioned about herself ahead of a possible 2012 run, has already bottomed out at theaters. The movie received wide release back in June but failed to catch on with the masses, pulling in…

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