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February 24, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON -- After a spate of large-scale  cyberattacks  on large retailers, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. urged Congress to adopt a national standard for notifying consumers of a security breach. Holder said creating such a law would bolster the Justice Department's ability to combat crimes and hold organizations accountable for failing to protect private information. The announcement Monday comes just weeks after lawmakers called for tighter notification standards during congressional hearings into recent commercial  cyberattacks , including high-profile cases at Target Corp.
February 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung is holding a media event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, during which it is expected to unveil the Galaxy S 5. The South Korean tech giant teased the event earlier this month with an image that seemed to imply the company will unveil the latest version of its flagship smartphone. Users who wish to watch can simply hit play on the YouTube video above. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor   The latest rumors surrounding the Galaxy S 5 said the device will feature a drastically redesigned user interface.
February 24, 2014 | By David S. Cloud and W.J. Hennigan
WASHINGTON - The Army will shrink to its lowest troop levels since before World War II under a budget proposed Monday by the Obama administration that seeks to downsize the Pentagon from the wartime buildup of the last 13 years, and calls for retiring hundreds of aging aircraft and warships. The proposals reflect changing fortunes in the once-sacrosanct Pentagon budget. Congress has already ordered nearly $500 billion in defense spending cuts over the next decade, and automatic budget cuts - only partially rescinded - have caused a harsh reevaluation of military needs as the nation closes out the punishing ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
February 22, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Melissa Harris
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to announce on Tuesday the opening of two new manufacturing institutes in the Chicago and Detroit areas as part of a larger plan to use public-private partnerships to advance his agenda despite opposition from Republicans in Congress. Several federal agencies will join forces with companies and universities to run the institutes, which will be devoted to bridging the gap between applied research and product development, according to an administration official familiar with the plans.
February 20, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Without offering a hint as to her plans, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday lamented the departure of longtime congressional colleagues from California -- including retiring Reps. Henry Waxman and George Miller --and said their institutional knowledge and ability to compromise in Washington would be missed. “They were creative people who could put things together and who could negotiate compromise and get it done,” she said in an interview after speaking Wednesday at a Century City dinner gathering of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
February 20, 2014 | By Gary Hart and Norman Augustine
In February 2001, a bipartisan federal commission on which we served warned that terrorists would acquire weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption. "Attacks against American citizens on American soil, possibly causing heavy casualties, are likely over the next quarter-century," the Hart-Rudman Commission said. "In the face of this threat, our nation has no coherent or integrated governmental structures. " We added: "Congress should rationalize its current committee structure so that it best serves U.S. national security objectives.
February 14, 2014 | By Jean Merl
 Two Republicans have entered the race to succeed retiring Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) in a district that has become increasingly Democratic. They are San Bernardino City Councilman John Valdivia and Paul Chabot, a military veteran and small business owner who lives in Rancho Cucamonga.  Miller announced this week he would step down rather than seek another term in the Inland Empire's 31st Congressional District.  No well-known Republican has stepped into the contest for what will be a tough district for the GOP to hold.  Chabot, however, has endorsements from former GOP Rep. Jerry Lewis  and former state Sen. Bob Dutton, both of whom used to represent much of the area.
February 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will ask Congress for $1 billion to create a "climate resilience fund" to pay for research, preparation and infrastructure aimed at dealing with the extreme weather and new conditions associated with shifts in the weather. Obama will include the fund in his 2015 budget proposal, due out next month, and plans to discuss the idea during a visit to drought-stricken California on Friday, the White House said. Like much of his budget plan, though, the president's request is likely to meet resistance among Republicans in Congress.
February 14, 2014 | By Meg James and Joe Flint
Comcast Corp. already produces movies, television shows and national and local news programs while operating theme parks and the largest pay-TV system in the U.S. And now, with one bold stroke, the Philadelphia conglomerate could dominate the flow of information and entertainment into American homes with historically unprecedented power. Comcast's proposed $45.2-billion takeover of Time Warner Cable would allow it to provide television, telephone and Internet service and even home security systems to nearly 30 million homes across the country.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll   The company's reach would encompass the nation's largest markets, among them Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.
February 14, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Three people at the National Security Agency have been implicated in Edward Snowden's efforts to copy classified material, including a civilian employee who resigned last month after acknowledging he allowed Snowden to use his computer ID, according to an NSA memo sent to Congress. The other two were an active-duty member of the military and a civilian contractor. The memo does not describe their conduct, but says they were barred from the NSA and its systems in August.
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