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Christmas is a-comin’ and the geese are gettin’ hacked

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With 11 shopping days ‘til Christmas, Yahoo dropped a lump of coal into the stockings of 1 billion of its users with news that their accounts had been “breached.” That’s tech-speak for “bad guys forged your cookies” — and they are not talking about the sweets you leave next to Santa’s glass of milk. Worse, bad guys have Yahoo’s “proprietary code” — and they are not talking about Pitbull’s million-dollar “trade secret.” For purposes of this holiday migraine, cookies and…

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On Marco Rubio and the early states

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Counter to the POLITICO Caucus, but in agreement with The Washington Post‘s James Hohmann, I think Marco Rubio fared poorly in Tuesday’s GOP presidential candidate debate in Las Vegas, so much so that by week’s end it will be clear that he “lost.” I certainly don’t buy Mike Allen‘s argument that “Rubio is the Obama of 2008.” Hyperbole like that reminds me of when NBA reporters would compare to Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan. Like Bryant, Rubio is very, very,…

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Speaking at Koch Brothers event, Jeb Bush says he’s the leader that America needs

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Jeb Bush told a group of elite Republicans and libertarians in a speech in Southern California on Sunday night that America is desperate for leaders, and he is the man who can fill that gap in Washington. “People are desperately looking for is a leader, and I hope you’re looking at him, ” Bush said to Politico reporter Mike Allen in a conversation at the St. Regis Monarch Beach luxury resort, in Dana Point, Calif. The interview was live streamed on Politico’s website.…

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Marco Rubio won’t call for shutdown over Planned Parenthood

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Marco Rubio said Sunday that the government should not be shut down this fall unless Planned Parenthood is defunded, but did say that he supports a proposal to take the federal money that currently goes to that organization and instead spend it on community health care clinics across the nation. “That’s a false choice,” Rubio said when asked that question by POLITICO’s Mike Allen in a conversation at the St. Regis Monarch Beach luxury resort, in Dana Point, Calif. “First of all, I…

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Jeb Bush to speak at Liberty University on Saturday

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Jeb Bush travels to Lynchburg, Va., early Saturday morning, where the  former Florida governor will give the commencement address at Liberty University, the evangelical Christian university founded by the late Jerry Falwell. In doing so he becomes the second potential Republican presidential candidate to visit Liberty this year, following Ted Cruz, who gave an impressive 30-minute speech without notes or teleprompter assistance in the round and in front of 11,000 students back in March, when he announced his official candidacy for the…

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Manna from heaven for Bill McCollum: Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius will ask nation’s AGs for help fighting Medicare fraud

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Politico’s Mike Allen reports that Attorney General Holder and Secretary Sebelius will send a letter to all state attorneys general today asking them to be partners in protecting against Medicare fraud. For Bill McCollum, this request couldn’t come at a better time. McCollum is locked in a pitched battle with former healthcare executive Rick Scott for the GOP nomination in the race to be Florida’s next Governor.  Scott has closed the gap in the polls between he and McCollum by…

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Manna from heaven for Bill McCollum: Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius will ask nation’s AGs for help fighting Medicare fraud

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Politico’s Mike Allen reports that Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will send a letter to all state attorneys general today asking them to be partners in protecting against Medicare fraud. For Bill McCollum, this request couldn’t come at a better time. McCollum is locked in a pitched battle with former healthcare executive Rick Scott for the GOP nomination in the race to be Florida’s next governor.  Scott has closed the gap in the polls between he and McCollum…

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