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Issa fires spokesman for allegedly leaking reporter e-mails

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) Tuesday fired a top spokesman who allegedly shared secret e-mail conversations with a reporter. Kurt Bardella is thought to have given New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich, who was writing about book about Washington’s political culture, e-mails from his exchanges…

Dodd to be chief lobbyist for motion pictures group

WASHINGTON – Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) will be the next CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Dodd, 66, will replace current MPAA CEO Dan Glickman as chief of the leading lobbying and trade group for the movies and television industry. Dodd, who…

Public sharply divided on who to blame if government shuts down: poll

WASHINGTON – Americans are divided over whether President Barack Obama or Republicans would be to blame in the event of a government shutdown, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll. Thirty-six percent say Republicans would be at fault if the two sides aren’t able to strike a budget…

HBGary CEO Aaron Barr resigns amid ‘Anonymous’ scandal

The chief executive at data security firm HBGary Federal has resigned his job following a high-profile hack staged by online protest group “Anonymous.” Aaron Barr, the embattled CEO, made the disclosure yesterday speaking to ThreatPost, an online security blog. “I need to focus on taking care of my family and…

Boehner: Public employees have ‘machine gun’ at heads of local officials

So much for toning down the violent political rhetoric in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) used gun imagery Sunday while discussing public workers’ collective bargaining rights. “In some of these states you’ve got collective bargaining laws that are so weighted in favor of the public employees that there’s almost…

Boba Fett plays Legend of Zelda song on accordion

It’s moments like these that make modern culture occasionally so very strange and wonderful. Here, a man dressed as the “Star Wars” bounty hunter character Boba Fett uses an accordion to play the “Lost Woods” theme from Nintendo’s “Legend of Zelda,” while sitting in a subway. This video was published…

Bernanke warns on oil price ‘threat’

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday warned a “sustained” rise in oil prices could threaten US growth and spark dangerous price rises, as he eyed turmoil in Libya. Bernanke told Congress he believed unrest in the oil-rich Middle East would result in “temporary” and “modest” increase in…

Facebook to share user phone numbers, home addresses with third parties

Facebook will move forward with a plan to allow third parties to access the personal data of users, the latest in a series of moves drawing controversy over the privacy of its massive consumer base. The feature will permit applications to seek the private data of Facebook account holders, such…

Ohio bill curbing union rights expected to draw protests

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Ohio’s state capital is expected to be the site of massive union protests on Tuesday as legislators consider a bill to curtail collective bargaining rights for public workers and eliminate their right to strike. Republican supporters of Senate Bill 5 say the limits to public workers’…

Fox’s Goldberg says ambushing people ‘isn’t journalism’

Fox News commentator and media critic Bernie Goldberg surprised host Bill O’Reilly Monday by telling him that reporter Jessie Water’s ambush-style of interviewing “isn’t journalism.” This video is from Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, broadcast Feb. 28, 2011 and uploaded by Mediaite.…

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