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U.S. Gets Secret Court Order for WikiLeaks Data

The U.S. government obtained a controversial type of secret court order to force Google Inc. and small internet provider Sonic.net Inc. to turn over information from the email accounts of a WikiLeaks volunteer.


War drones keep flying despite computer virus

The U.S. government's unmanned Predator and Reaper drones are continuing to fly remote missions overseas despite a computer virus that has infected the plane's U.S.-based cockpits, according to one source familiar with the infection.


After WikiLeaks, U.S. tries to shield classified data

After WikiLeaks, U.S. tries to shield classified data

The U.S. government on Friday announced steps to clamp down on who can access classified information, seeking to avert another WikiLeaks-scale breach of military documents and diplomatic cables.


Gallup poll: Dissatisfaction with government at record levels

More than four out five Americans say they are dissatisfied with the way the nation is being run, according to a Gallup survey reporting a resounding thumbs-down for the federal government as it prepares to deal with another round of budget challenges.


Dead federal retirees are paid $120 million annually, report says

The federal government pays out millions of dollars to dead people each year — including deceased retired federal workers, according to a new report.


Moody's Downgrades BofA, Wells Fargo, Citi

Moody's downgraded Bank of America's and Wells Fargo's long-term ratings and the short-term ratings of Citigroup, saying it believes the U.S. government is less likely to support the banks if needed.


Government cost-overruns: $16 muffins, $8 coffee

As the U.S. government grapples to find ways to trim the bloated federal deficit, a new report suggests officials might start with cutting out $16 muffins and $10 cookies.


5 GOP candidates compete at S.C. forum

Five of the Republican Party's leading presidential contenders traveled to South Carolina on Labor Day to kiss the ring of tea party kingmaker Jim DeMint at a first-of-its-kind forum devoted to the Constitution and the role of government.


No sign that Gaddafi has left Libya: White House

The U.S. government has seen no indication that Muammar Gaddafi has left Libya, the White House said on Monday.


US weighing payment priorities if default comes

If the government can't pay all its bills come Wednesday, odds are it will pay bondholders. Social Security and Medicare recipients will be high on the must-pay list, too. Likely losers: federal workers in jobs deemed non-essential, private contractors and state and local governments....


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