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"I'm informed that, you think that within 30 minutes the seven of you could make the internet unusable for the entire nation, is that correct?"
That question came from Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) on May 19, 1998, while speaking with members of a Cambridge, Massachusetts hacker group known as The L0pht.
WASHINGTON — When North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed HB 2 into law in March, with the swish of a pen, he overturned all of the state’s local ordinances that protected lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from being discriminated against.
In recognition of Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Calif.) hosted a screening of the award-winning television show “The Fosters,” followed by a panel discussion for an audience of over 200 foster youth, national policy experts, congressional staff and Congress members.
South Bay Rep. Ted Lieu says the U.S. Postal Service has a “systemic” issue with mail delivery problems in parts of western Los Angeles County that repeatedly requires his district staff to assist frustrated constituents.
DALLAS—Stockholders at Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest private-sector oil company, passed a proposal yesterday to nominate outside candidates to the board, a move that could affect the company's decisions on climate change.
Today’s Washington Brief
Law360, New York (May 24, 2016, 10:22 PM ET) -- A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers on Monday pressed their colleagues to do more to protect the security of their online communications, including by using end-to-end encryption and employing more complex passwords, saying it was "frightening" how easily hackers could gain access to their devices.
THE BIG STORIES:
Pasadena health officials said Wednesday that 16 patients were infected by dangerous bacteria from medical scopes at Huntington Hospital from January 2013 to August 2015, including 11 who have died.
It is not clear how many of those patients died from their infections. Health officials said that only one of the 11 death certificates listed the bacteria as the cause.
Two House lawmakers with computer-science expertise are warning their colleagues to improve their cybersecurity hygiene as hackers get smarter and increasingly target government officials.