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China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry delivers remarks as China's Foreign Minister Wang looks on, before their meeting in WashingtonBy Megha Rajagopalan and Steve Holland BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said. North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon. The hackers said they were incensed by a Sony comedy about a fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which the studio has pulled. ...

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:34:38 -0500
Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency

Paul Ryan speaks at the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council meeting in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation. Conservative groups have been calling for the replacement of CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, who was appointed by Democrats in 2009 and whose term expires next month. ...

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:07:45 -0500
Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. Washington's longstanding dispute with North Korea, which for years has centered on its nuclear weapons program, has entered new territory with the accusation that Pyongyang carried out an assault on a major Hollywood entertainment company. ...

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:46:33 -0500
Obama to name Sally Yates as pick for deputy attorney general

By Julia Edwards HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Monday that U.S. Attorney Sally Yates will be his nominee for deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, a U.S. official said. Yates, 54, currently serves as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia where she is known as a close ally of outgoing U.S. Attorney Eric Holder's Justice Department. She is a vocal proponent of Holder's policies on lowering incarceration rates by cutting jail time for low-level drug offenders. ...

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:20:44 -0500
How President Obama unwinds

Presidents have perhaps the most stressful job in the world. For Barack Obama, recharging his batteries requires a mix of golf, books, Nicorette but most of all, time with his family.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:03:46 -0500
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