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Monday, December 31, 2007

Record data breaches in 2007, groups say - Yahoo! News

Record data breaches in 2007, groups say - Yahoo! News: "Record data breaches in 2007, groups say" By MARK JEWELL, AP Business Writer Mon Dec 31, 12:17 AM ET BOSTON - The loss or theft of personal data such as credit card and Social Security numbers soared to unprecedented levels in 2007, and the trend isn't expected to turn around anytime soon as hackers stay a step ahead of security and laptops disappear with sensitive information. And while companies, government agencies, schools and other institutions are spending more to protect ever-increasing volumes of data with more sophisticated firewalls and encryption, the investment often is too little too late. "More of them are experiencing data breaches, and they're responding to them in a reactive way, rather than proactively looking at the company's security and seeing where the holes might be," said Linda Foley, who founded the San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center after becoming an identity theft victim herself.

Happy New Year

Dear Phillip,

I am writing to wish you Happy New Year and to personally thank you for
your support this year. Our accomplishments would not have been possible
without the support of Democrats like you. As we celebrate the holidays
our family and friends, let us reflect on why it is critical that we work
hard to take America in a New Direction.

In 2008, we will have almost 75 Republican seats in play, and 30 vulnerable
Democrats to protect. House Republicans have already transferred more than
$3 million from their Members' campaign accounts into the NRCC this month.
On top of that, they have Republican outside groups ready to spend hundreds
of millions of dollars against us next year.

Midnight tonight may mark the New Year, but it also marks a critical
year-end FEC deadline for all Democrats. If you haven't already done so,
please go to www.dccc.org/midnight and give. We are just $33,512 away from
our goal and your urgent donation will be matched by House Democrats. The
resources we bring in today will show our strength before the end of the
year, and carry us into 2008, where we will expand our Democratic majority
and overcome Roadblock Republicans who are blocking the change the American
people so desperately want.

To give now, please contribute at www.dccc.org/midnight.

Thank you again for your support and Happy New Year!

Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House

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News from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty


In this Issue

  Happy Holidays from Mayor Fenty

  DMV Announces New Hours For Brentwood, Georgetown

  City Collects Holiday Trees January 2-13

  The District Government Is Ready for Snow. Are You?

  Pedestrian Safety Efforts Stepped Up

  District's New Plan to Reduce Infant Mortality

  Ward Eight Supermarket Opens Doors

  Developer Selected for Old Convention Center Site

Happy Holidays from Mayor Fenty

Mayor Fenty and the entire District Government wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season. Local government offices will be closed Tuesday, January 1, 2008. Read more.

DMV Announces New Hours For Brentwood, Georgetown

The Department of Motor Vehicles announces new hours for its Brentwood and Georgetown service centers starting Wednesday, January 2. The Brentwood Service Center will now be open 10:15 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, and the Georgetown Service Center will now be open 8:15 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Read more.

City Collects Holiday Trees January 2-13

The Department of Public Works will pick up bare, undecorated holiday trees and wreaths starting January 2. These will be shredded into mulch for gardening. After January 19, please place these items out with your regular trash. Read more.

The District Government Is Ready for Snow. Are You?

The District's Snow Plan has all the information you need about snow emergency routes, public transportation and resident responsibilities during a snow event. You can also view weather reports and snow advisories. Read more.

Pedestrian Safety Efforts Stepped Up

The DC Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Police are increasing enforcement for traffic violations involving pedestrians. The campaign targets drivers who don't stop for pedestrians, drivers who speed, and pedestrians who cross against signals and endanger themselves in traffic. Read more.

District's New Plan to Reduce Infant Mortality

Mayor Fenty and Interim DC Department of Health Director Dr. Carlos Cano have announced the District's new plan to reduce infant mortality. The plan will help ensure that children are born healthy and that mothers receive adequate prenatal care. The infant mortality rate has changed very little in 10 years. Read more.

Ward Eight Supermarket Opens Doors

Mayor Fenty took part in the grand opening of the new Super Giant store at Camp Simms in Ward Eight. The grocery is the first to open east of the Anacostia River in nearly 10 years, and is Giant's largest store in the District of Columbia. Read more.

Developer Selected for Old Convention Center Site

Mayor Fenty, Councilmember Kwame Brown (At Large) and Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward Two) announced plans for the old Washington Convention Center site downtown. The $850 million, mixed-use shopping, housing and office project will be a new downtown destination and will include $55 million for affordable housing. Read more.

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Concord Monitor - Hillary Clinton is the Democrats' best choice

Concord Monitor - Hillary Clinton is the Democrats' best choice: "Endorsement Hillary Clinton is the Democrats' best choice" Monitor staff http://www.concordmonitor.com:80/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071229/OPINION/712300301 December 29. 2007 10:00PM Concord Monitor and New Hampshire Patriot Immediately after taking office, President Hillary Clinton would begin preparations to withdraw American troops from Iraq. She would send a message to world leaders that the United States intends to rejoin the community of nations. She would make clear to federal employees that they must heed the Constitution. She would reverse Bush-era policies that have harmed the environment.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Internet opens elite colleges to all - Yahoo! News

Internet opens elite colleges to all - Yahoo! News: "Internet opens elite colleges to all" By JUSTIN POPE, AP Education Writer Sat Dec 29, 12:49 PM ET Gilbert Strang is a quiet man with a rare talent: helping others understand linear algebra. He's written a half-dozen popular college textbooks, and for years a few hundred students at the elite Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been privileged to take his course. Recently, with the growth of computer science, demand to understand linear algebra has surged. But so has the number of students Strang can teach. An MIT initiative called "OpenCourseWare" makes virtually all the school's courses available online for free — lecture notes, readings, tests and often video lectures. Strang's Math 18.06 course is among the most popular, with visitors downloading his lectures more than 1.3 million times since June alone. Strang's classroom is the world. In his Istanbul dormitory, Kemal Burcak Kaplan, an undergraduate at Bogazici University, downloads Strang's lectures to try to boost his grade in a class there. Outside Calcutta, graduate student Sriram Chandrasekaran uses them to brush up on matrices for his engineering courses at the elite Indian Institute of Technology.

Political Pulse | The Associated Press-Yahoo! News Poll on Yahoo! News

Political Pulse The Associated Press-Yahoo! News Poll on Yahoo! News: "Pocketbook worries outweigh voters' concerns over war in Iraq" By JIM KUHNHENN and TREVOR TOMPSON, Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters began to worry more about their pocketbooks over the last month — even more than about the war in Iraq. More than half the voters in an ongoing survey for The Associated Press and Yahoo! News now say the economy and health care are extremely important to them personally. They fear they will face unexpected medical expenses, their homes will lose value or mortgage and credit card payments will overwhelm them. Events, however, can quickly change public opinion. Thursday's assassination of Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto could draw more attention to terrorism and national security, an issue that still ranked highly with the public and which 45 percent of those polled considered extremely important. This latest AP-Yahoo! News survey of more than 1,800 people by Knowledge Networks offers a unique opportunity to track changes in public attitudes as the presidential campaign unfolds. The first poll was last month and set a base line to measure national sentiment. In the new results, men and women approaching retirement were especially attentive to the economy and health care, with six out of 10 ranking both issues extremely important. Politically, the attention to such domestic issues hangs darkly over Republicans. Voters say they are far more likely to trust Democrats to handle the economy and health care.

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Weekly Update - U.S. Iraq Death Toll Approaches 4,000 - Democrats for America's Future - 12.28.07

Democrats for America's Future

Here are the brand new highlights from the public area of the Democrats for America's Future ...

Republican Outrage of the Week

U.S. IRAQ DEATH TOLL APPROACHES 4,000 - President Bush's seemingly endless war in Iraq is edging closer to 4,000 U.S. fatalities ... and will cross that tragic milestone in early 2008 ...

Plain Talk for Democrats

REID – DON'T LECTURE ME, MR. PRESIDENT - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't about to sit silently as George Bush lectures Congress ...

Key Issues to Watch

THE IRAQIS DON'T WANT US - You can't "save" a country that wants you to get out. Iraq is a case in point ...

As President George Bush heads into his final year in office, which of the following statements comes closest to your views? Take our poll ...

THANKS FOR $3.75 GASOLINE, MR. PRESIDENT!- Thanks to instability created in large part by the war in Iraq and the United States continuing dependency on foreign oil, Americans can expect to pay $3.75-$4.00 on average for gasoline in 2008, according to the experts ...

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HIT THE SKIDS - So much for Republicans being able to retake the White House...


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