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US recruiting young cyber warriors

WASHINGTON – The United States is looking for the next generation of cyber warriors. The US Cyber Challenge Cyber Foundations competition, kicked off this week by the nonprofit Center for Internet Security, is out to find 10,000 students with the potential to become “top guns in cybersecurity.” “The need to…

Supreme Court lets DC gay marriage law stand

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a law authorizing gay marriage in Washington, DC rejecting a challenge from activists opposed to same-sex marriage. The top US court without comment turned down a petition from a group of residents seeking to put gay marriage to a city-wide…

Obama will face no primary challenger, DNC chair predicts

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama is unlikely to face a serious challenge in the 2012 White House race from within his party, the Democratic Party leader said Sunday. Obama, who became the first black president of the United States after defeating Republican rival John McCain in the November 2008…

Howard Dean: Obama primary challenge would be ‘a bad thing for the country’

Progressive luminary Howard Dean on Sunday warned disenchanted liberals not to push for a primary challenge against President Barack Obama in 2012, arguing it would be “a bad thing” for the Democratic Party and for America. “I don’t think he’s going to face an opponent in the Democratic primary,” Dean…

Supreme Court turns down early health care reform challenge

On Monday, the Supreme Court turned down an early challenge to President Barack Obama’s new health care law, the Associated Press reported. The decision to reject the case was not a surprise because no lower court had yet ruled on it. Most notably, the ruling showed that Justice Elena Kagan…

GOP captures governorships in at least 10 states

GOP takes Dem governorships in at least 10 states; Dems hold NY with Cuomo win, take Calif. Republicans captured Democratic governorships in at least 10 states on Tuesday, including some prime presidential battlegrounds, and hoped for even more statehouse gains. The same tide sweeping Republicans into office in Congress was…

Group offers $10,000 to disprove ‘marijuana is safer than alcohol’ claim

The Safer Texas Campaign is offering $10,000 to anyone in Texas who can prove that three statements claiming marijuana is safer than alcohol are incorrect. The three statements are: 1. Alcohol is significantly more toxic than marijuana, making death by overdose far more likely with alcohol 2. The health effects…

Karzai deadline for security firms ‘very aggressive’: US

The Pentagon, which makes heavy use of private security contractors in Afghanistan, said Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s four-month deadline for eliminating them was “very aggressive.” Karzai signed a decree on Tuesday ordering the dissolution of all the security firms by January 1, a move certain to create major problems for…

Daily Kos founder: Kucinich deserves to be primaried

The battle over health care reform is not only pitting liberals against conservatives but also stirring up old feuds on the left. In an appearance Tuesday on MSNBC’s Countdown, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas criticized Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s threat to vote against health care reform legislation as “a very Ralph…

McCain on military’s gay ban: ‘I believe that it’s working’

Sen. John McCain once said that he would trust the opinion of military leaders to decide when it was time to end the military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Now that the Congress is considering repealing the policy, and he is facing a primary challenge, McCain is changing his…

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