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Pentagon's Embattled Personnel Official Resigns

Clifford Stanley, the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness who was under investigation by the Pentagon's inspector general after allegations of gross mismanagement and abuse of power, is resigning.

The Pentagon announced on Thursday that Stanley submitted his resignation to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and plans to leave the Pentagon within the next two weeks. JoAnn Rooney, currently principal deputy undersecretary for personnel and readiness, will serve as acting undersecretary until a successor is named.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

Embattled Pentagon Official Resigns Post

Clifford Stanley, undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, who was under investigation by the Pentagon's inspector general after allegations of gross mismanagement and abuse of power, is resigning.

The Pentagon announced Thursday that Stanley submitted his resignation to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and plans to depart the Pentagon within the next two weeks. JoAnn Rooney, currently Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness, will serve as Acting Undersecretary until a successor is named.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 3:40pm

Lugar Camp Fact Checks FreedomWorks

When FreedomWorks endorsed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race, the group cited encouragement to support Mourdock from "every corner of the state -- from White County to Allen County to Pike County, from Lee County to Marion County to Washington County."
Just one problem. There is no Lee County in Indiana, as Sen. Richard Lugar's campaign, R-Ind., pointed out in an email to supporters on Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 3:40pm

Napolitano Calls For Army Of 'Cyber Geeks'

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants an army of "cyber geeks," and she wants it now.

Napolitano made the plea during a Washington Post Live event Thursday morning, featuring former and current government officials and industry representatives.

DHS has been given authority to hire 1,000 new cybersecurity professionals, but budget constraints and a lack of trained people makes filling that order difficult, she said.
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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 3:40pm

Good News: Rise in GDP Growth Shows Long-Term Trends

On the surface, it seems surprising that the U.S. economy nearly doubled its growth in the third quarter.

July brought tense debt-ceiling negotiations and threat of a government default. In August, a top credit ratings agency cut the United States’ top AAA rating. Concerns over European sovereign debt seeped into the U.S. and grew in September as the situation across the Atlantic appeared to be rapidly unraveling. Congress announced no major steps to fix the economy and the weak housing and labor markets treaded water.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 2:40pm

Obama Rakes in More Health Care Cash Than Romney, Perry

When President Obama passed health care reform last year and upended an entire industry, there were plenty of powerful interests that were no fans of the new law. Yet Obama has still collected more campaign cash from the health care industry than his potential Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Rick Perry

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 2:40pm

Pelosi Calls for Better Clock Management by the House

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., thinks the House needs to manage its time more efficiently.

With deadlines looming for super committee recommendations on cutting at least $1.2 trillion over 10 years, Pelosi said there’s no reason those deadlines can't be met.

Pelosi said she doesn’t believe the committee “even needs to go" all the way to the Nov. 23 deadline.

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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 2:40pm

FCC Passes Reform to $8 Billion Phone Fund

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to overhaul an $8 billion telecom fund, fixing problems that have dogged phone regulation for years and migrating subsidies to pay for broadband rather than traditional phone service.

Policymakers have called for changes to the Universal Service Fund for at least a decade, but reform attempts have repeatedly died because of the difficult politics surrounding subsidies that provide a revenue stream worth billions of dollars for the phone industry each year.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 1:40pm

New Polls Hint at Scrambled 2012 Map

Arizona and Maine were not particularly competitive in 2008, but two new polls released Wednesday show that both states could be in play in 2012.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 1:40pm

House Votes to Repeal Contractor Withholding Tax

The House voted 405-16 on Thursday to repeal a law requiring governments at the federal, state, and local levels to withhold 3 percent of what they would pay most contractors until those vendors have fully paid their taxes.

But it remains uncertain what the Senate will do.

But the Republican-pushed House bill passed on Thursday would cover the cost of undoing the contractors’ tax with a fix to the 2010 health care law that would tighten Medicaid eligibility requirements, saving $14 billion. That fix was passed earlier on Thursday, 262-157.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 1:40pm