Adm. Michael Rogers testifies on Capitol Hill / AP

Adm. Michael Rogers testifies on Capitol Hill / AP

Critical U.S. infrastructures are being penetrated by foreign states in preparation for devastating future cyber attacks designed to cripple electrical power, communications and financial networks, the commander of the U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Thursday.

NSA Chief Warns Chinese Cyber Attacks Could Shut U.S. Infrastructure

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China and “probably one or two” other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday.

Scientists Split on Human Impact on Climate Change

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A Purdue University survey shows that the scientific community is split on the question of whether human activities are at the root of climate change, with just over 50 percent of scientists saying that climate change is happening and that it is “caused mostly by human activities.”

Obama Poised to Announce Go-it-Alone Plan on Immigration Thursday

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set on Thursday to outline a controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone move that will deepen a partisan divide with Republicans.

Hayden: U.S. Intelligence Likely Could Not Detect Iranian Bomb

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Former top George W. Bush administration official Gen. Michael Hayden said on Thursday that unless Iran provides the West with extensive access to its suspected nuclear facilities—a concession the Islamic regime has strenuously refused—U.S. intelligence agencies will be unable to detect its development of a bomb.

Obamacare Contractor Faces Renewed Conflict-of-Interest Allegations

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As enrollment in Obamacare’s federal health insurance exchange reopens, congressional Republicans are again raising conflict of interest questions in light of a shake-up among top executives at a major Obamacare contractor that they say could give one insurer an unfair advantage.

At issue is a major contract awarded over the summer to Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI). The Department of Health and Human Services brought on QSSI to mitigate a disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov, the website for online enrollment in Obamacare’s federally run exchanges.

Feds Spending $191,995 on ‘Farm Theater’

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The federal government is spending nearly $200,000 to teach older farmers about safety using “reader’s theater.”

“Farm Theater: A Novel Safety Strategy Approach for Agricultural Communities” is a new project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The University of Kentucky began the four-year study in September.

Hayden: U.S. Intelligence Likely Could Not Detect Iranian Bomb

Hassan Rouhani

Former top George W. Bush administration official Gen. Michael Hayden said on Thursday that unless Iran provides the West with extensive access to its suspected nuclear facilities—a concession the Islamic regime has strenuously refused—U.S. intelligence agencies will be unable to detect its development of a bomb.

Obamacare Contractor Faces Renewed Conflict-of-Interest Allegations

healthcare.gov

As enrollment in Obamacare’s federal health insurance exchange reopens, congressional Republicans are again raising conflict of interest questions in light of a shake-up among top executives at a major Obamacare contractor that they say could give one insurer an unfair advantage.

At issue is a major contract awarded over the summer to Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI). The Department of Health and Human Services brought on QSSI to mitigate a disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov, the website for online enrollment in Obamacare’s federally run exchanges.

Feds Spending $191,995 on ‘Farm Theater’

Hugh Jackman performs 'Oh What a Beautiful Morning' in Oklahoma!

The federal government is spending nearly $200,000 to teach older farmers about safety using “reader’s theater.”

“Farm Theater: A Novel Safety Strategy Approach for Agricultural Communities” is a new project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The University of Kentucky began the four-year study in September.

NSA Chief Warns Chinese Cyber Attacks Could Shut U.S. Infrastructure

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China and “probably one or two” other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday.