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Today’s e-Reads: Feds Take Down Hacking Ring; Page Makes Mark as Google Chief

A Computerworld examination of the Obama administration’s efforts to get more companies to hire veterans found that many of the men and women who have served in the military have key skills tech firms are seeking.

U.S. officials have taken down a hacker network that controlled 4 million computers and stole $14 million, ABC News reports. 

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

Rick Perry's 'Amazing' Debate Meltdown; Plus: Italy Needs Herman Cain -- VIDEO

Another Republican debate? "Those things will put you to sleep faster than Conrad Murray," David Letterman joked on Wednesday.

One moment from last night's debate caught Jimmy Kimmel's attention. "Rick Perry had an amazing meltdown," he said. "If I were Mitt Romney, I wouldn't even show up to these debates any more. I would just go to Hawaii and wait it out until the election, drink some caffeine-free diet Coke, sit there and watch Rick Perry and Herman Cain self destruct."

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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

Debate Remainders: Autos and Audiences

First, the autos.
A supporting role in last night's Republican primary debate was played by the host state of Michigan, home to the American auto industry.
This state is personal for frontrunner Mitt Romney. He was born there. His father served as governor. He launched his last presidential campaign from the Henry Ford Museum of Innovation in Dearborn, wrapping himself in the Americana that the auto industry represents.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Romney: I Won’t Let Iran Get the Nukes

In an op-ed in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for being too soft on Iran. Romney was responding to an International Atomic Energy Agency report released earlier this week that confirms Iran as a nuclear threat.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: The Sound of Silence

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Perry's "oops" moment will dominate the news cycle today, Hirshberg won't run for governor of New Hampshire, Democrats land a candidate to take on Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Ill., and Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., says he was a "bit too passionate." Here's today's rundown:

10) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spent a whopping $10 million on his reelection bid, including about $3 million for advertising.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 10:40am

Poll: Obama Turns It Around Against Generic Republican

President Obama is statistically tied with the Republican candidate next November, according to a new Gallup poll of registered voters released early Thursday, a significant improvement over previous Gallup surveys this fall.

Obama leads, 48 percent to 45 percent, with 2 percent saying they are likely to vote for another candidate, and 5 percent of voters undecided.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 10:40am

Perry: 'I Stepped In It'

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.—Texas Gov. Rick Perry just wants everyone to know he’s human.

After an embarrassing gaffe at Wednesday night’s debate in Rochester, Mich., in which Perry couldn’t name a third federal agency he would eliminate—it was the Energy Department, by the way—the governor launched a full offensive to control the damage.

In appearances on all five morning shows, Perry tried to shift the conversation back to his flat-tax plan, arguing that Americans are truly interested in a plan to boost jobs rather than the “slickest politician.”

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 10:40am

Polls: Romney Ties Obama in Key Swing States

Mitt Romney is tied with a struggling President Obama in three key battleground states -- Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- but the former Massachusetts governor is struggling to coalesce the support of his own party in the Republican primary, according to the first batch of Quinnipiac University "Swing State" polls released early Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 8:40am

Mitt Romney: Fortune's Favorite?

If you’re wondering why Mitt Romney -- despite a health care record that’s anathema to the Republican party, a history of flip-flopping on issues dear to conservatives, and an awkward style on the stump -- is viewed as the most likely GOP nominee in 2012, the answer can be found in a one-word response by one of his rivals in Tuesday’s debate.

“Oops.’’

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 8:40am

Former Top CIA Lawyer Under Investigation

The Justice Department is investigating whether a former top U.S. intelligence official, John Rizzo, improperly disclosed classified information about the CIA's drone campaign, one of the spy agency's most secretive and politically sensitive programs.

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 8:40am