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Agencies, Contractors Get Rules of the Road for Cloud-Security Approvals

Federal cloud providers will have to comply with new, uniform security controls by June so that multiple agencies can piggyback off the certifications for faster installation, White House officials announced on Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:40pm

Business News Networks Cover Corzine Saga In Different Ways

Updated at 3:42 p.m.

Embattled former New Jersey Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, whose stewardship of the now failed brokerage firm MF Global has prompted swift, widespread criticism is in Washington today, testifying before the House Agriculture Committee. His arrival has prompted extra coverage from the cable business news networks, which have been keeping tabs on the larger Corzine saga, but in noticeably different ways.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:40pm

Protests Continue on Capitol Hill

Protesters continued flooding the Capitol on Thursday, chanting in the streets, holding signs in support of “the 99 percent,” and trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to get meetings with lawmakers.

The demonstrators are not from just one group and their demands may vary, but they have a common goal -- one that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says resonates with her.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:40pm

Perry Declines Trump Debate

BEAUFORT, S.C.--Rick Perry's campaign announced today that it will “respectfully decline” to participate in a debate moderated by Donald Trump this month, adding Perry to the growing list of Republican presidential candidates who have turned down invitations from the flamboyant real-estate magnate.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:40pm

Microsoft, GE Join Forces to Create Health Care Software

Microsoft Corp. and General Electric Co. are joining forces to create a health care technology platform, the companies announced on Wednesday. The joint venture aims to help health care organizations integrate data, coordinate care and—hopefully—improve patient outcomes, Microsoft said in a statement.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:40pm

Gingrich Keeping His Powder Dry, Mostly

Just moments after Newt Gingrich came under attack by two Mitt Romney surrogates, who pointedly characterized him as unpredictable, untrustworthy, and self-serving, the former speaker of the House responded in an interview with National Journal and CBS News, saying that he would take the high road in his race for the Republican presidential nomination. But he offered a warning to his fellow GOP candidates:

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:40pm

Berwick Calls Republicans ‘The True Rationers’

Don Berwick, who left his job last week as head of the Medicare and Medicaid programs after sustained opposition from Senate Republicans who accused him of supporting rationing, struck back on Thursday with a blistering attack on his critics.

“The true rationers are those who impede improvement, who stand in the way of change, and who thereby force choices that we can avoid through better care,” Berwick said in a farewell speech in Orlando, Fla.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:40pm

Study: Paul Discussed Most Favorably on Twitter

Although Rep. Ron Paul hasn't been polling well and doesn't get much attention from the mainstream media, the story is very different for the Texas Republican on Twitter.

Fully 55 percent of tweets about Paul from May through November were positive, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. Only 15 percent of tweets about him were negative, it found.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:40pm

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Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:40pm

Report: Transparency Initiative Making Limited Progress

The goals of the Obama administration's main transparency initiative -- the Open Government Directive -- have not been wholly met, writes the Sunlight Foundation's John Wonderlich in a blog post marking the two year anniversary of the OGD.

"Announcements about new transparency policies imagine the best possible impact, while implementation often looks to the minimum requirements," Wonderlich writes.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 2:40pm