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Submission + - Congressional IT Staffers Took $100K from Iraqi Politician

RoccamOccam writes: Three brothers, working as IT staffers for several Democrat congressional representatives took $100,000 from an Iraqi politician while they had administrator-level access to the House of Representatives’ computer network, according to this report based on court documents.

The trio worked for dozens of representatives, including members of the intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees. Those positions likely gave them access to congressional emails and other sensitive documents.

Submission + - Top DoE Scientist Fired by Obama Administration 1

RoccamOccam writes: Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, released a wide-ranging report on Tuesday that shows how senior Obama administration officials retaliated against a leading scientist and plotted ways to block a congressional inquiry surrounding key research into the impact of radiation.

A top DoE scientist (Dr. Noelle Metting) who liaised with Congress on the matter was fired by the Obama administration for being too forthright with lawmakers, according to the report, which provides an in-depth look at the White House’s efforts to ensure senior staffers toe the administration’s line.

Submission + - Hillary's Server Technician asked Reddit How to Wipe Evidence From Emails (

RoccamOccam writes: Paul Combetta, Hillary Clinton's Tech "specialist" who pleaded the 5th when asked about Hillary's emails and servers, was caught asking members of Reddit's r/exchangeserver community how to manipulate Hillary's emails so that the "VIP" wouldn't appear in them. Even going so far as to ask if he could rewrite what was in the emails themselves.

Submission + - Rich States, Poor States

RoccamOccam writes: Art Laffer and Jonathan Williams have released their annual "ALEC-Laffer State Economic Comptetiveness Index", which is based on an "Economic Outlook Ranking" and an "Economic Performance Ranking. The Economic Outlook Ranking is a forecast of expected growth rates, while the Economic Performance Ranking is a backward-looking measures based upon Gross Domestic Product, Absolute Domestic Migration, and Non-Farm Payroll Employment.

States topping the performance ranking list are Texas, Washington, Utah, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. The states at the bottom are Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Illinois.

Submission + - Hillary's team copied intel off top-secret server to email ( 3

RoccamOccam writes: The FBI is investigating whether members of Hillary Clinton’s inner circle “cut and pasted” material from the government’s classified network so that it could be sent to her private e-mail address, former State Department security officials say.

Somehow, highly classified information from the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), as well as even the super-secure the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS), jumped from those closed systems to the Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) and turned up in at least 1,340 of Clinton’s home e-mails — including several the CIA earlier this month flagged as containing ultra-secret Sensitive Compartmented Information and Special Access Programs.

Submission + - Clinton Defenders: Relax, 'Beyond Top Secret' Intel Was 'Innocuous' (

RoccamOccam writes: The classified material included in the latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails flagged by an internal watchdog involved discussions of CIA drone strikes, which are among the worst kept secrets in Washington, senior U.S. officials briefed on the matter tell NBC News.

As pointed out here, Mrs. Clinton at first stated that no classified material of any sort passed through her server, then wrongly claimed that she's never personally sent or received such information, then falsely asserted that none of the material was classified at the time. Now that the Inspector General has determined that Clinton's vulnerable bootleg server also contained beyond top secret intelligence, some of her defenders appear to be shifting tactics. Rather than denying the classification level or the existence of the emails, they're stating that the subject matter of the SAP-level emails in question was "innocuous".

Submission + - Firefox will support -webkit CSS ( 1

RoccamOccam writes: Mozilla developers have discussed a plan to implement support for a subset of non-standard CSS prefixes used in WebKit.

Mozilla developer Daniel Holbert says:

"A good chunk of the web today (and particularly the mobile web) effectively relies on -webkit prefixed CSS properties & features. We wish we lived in a world where web content always included standards-based fallback (or at least multiple-vendor-prefixed fallback), but alas, we do not live in that world.

To be successful at rendering the web as it exists, we need to add support for a list of frequently-used -webkit prefixed CSS properties & features."

Submission + - FBI investigation of Hillary's emails is 'criminal probe' (

RoccamOccam writes: The FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unsecured email account is not just a fact-finding venture — it’s a criminal probe, sources told The New York Post on Wednesday.

The feds are investigating to what extent Clinton relied on her home server and other private devices to send and store classified documents, according to a federal source with knowledge of the inquiry.

“It’s definitely a criminal probe,” said the source. “I’m not sure why they’re not calling it a criminal probe.

Submission + - Taxpayers Have Now Spent $3.5 Million to Find Out Why Lesbians Are Obese (

RoccamOccam writes: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has now spent over $3.5 million to determine why the majority of lesbians are obese.

The project, now entering its fifth year, received another grant worth $658,485 this summer. The total funding for the research is now $3,531,925. Funding has more than doubled since the study was first revealed in 2013.

The study is examining why three-quarters of lesbians are obese, but gay men are not. It has survived sequester cuts, and continues to produce results such as the discovery that gay men have a “greater desire for toned muscles” than straight men.

Submission + - IRS Deleted Hundreds of Back-up Tapes Containing Thousands of Lerner Emails

RoccamOccam writes: According to new information from the House Oversight Committee, the IRS deleted hundreds of backup tapes containing thousands of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the conservative-targeting scandal. The tapes were destroyed nine months after a congressional subpoena was issued to the agency demanding they be preserved and turned over.

Submission + - Hillary Clinton Was Asked About Email 2 Years Ago

RoccamOccam writes: The New York Times reports that Hillary Clinton was directly asked by congressional investigators as to whether she had used private email to conduct official business as Secretary of State, more than two years ago. Clinton declined to respond to that question.

Submission + - Ex-CBS reporter claims Government agency bugged her computer (

RoccamOccam writes: A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer.

In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed. “This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying.

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