Thursday Morning News Roundup 4-24-2014

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Texas Governor Rick Perry was in New York Wednesday to make his pitch to business leaders he hopes to lure to the Lone Star State, and took the opportunity to reissue his debate challenge to Governor Andrew Cuomo – who declined the request. Source: New York Observer…

 

  • Harry Reid has spent more than 40 years in government, starting as a small city’s attorney and eventually becoming the most powerful Senator in the country. Some who have watched Reid closely over the years, however, say that his political and economic ascendance has made him increasingly willing to use his power (and apparent electoral resilience) in ways that appear unsavory or nepotistic. Source: Real Clear Politics…

 

  • The principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and pipes to consumers looks all but dead. The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers. Source: The New York Times…

 

  • It’s not surprising to learn that various governments (not just the United States) account for the bulk of online mischief, but it’s a bit sobering to see the numbers laid out by a new Verizon investigative report, summarized by The Telegraph: there has been a 300 percent increase in cyber espionage since last year’s report, and government agents are responsible for 87 percent of it. Source: Breitbart…

 

  • Nevada’s Obamacare exchange and its lead contractor Xerox allegedly discussed dumping sign-ups from its queue and starting over while dealing with serious website glitches, according to documents released Wednesday. Source: The Daily Caller… 

 

  • A conservative Utah lawmaker and a liberal former director of the Bureau of Land Management argued the merits of a debate that’s sweeping the West — whether states should take control of Federal lands and would they manage them better. Source: The Salt Lake Tribune…

 

  • We’re finally on the brink of the cashless society that futurists and other have been forecasting for years. The average consumer owns at least two credit cards and early adopters have begun ditching plastic for virtual wallets. Yet, the more we abandon paper bills for plastic, smartphone payments and even cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the perils of the new, cashless economy are becoming more apparent. Source: The Fiscal Times… 

 

  • Two former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have been charged with conspiracy, perjury and altering evidence in connection with planting guns inside a medical marijuana dispensary to justify two arrests in 2011, prosecutors said. Source: The Los Angeles Times…

 

  • A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both States, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday. And that’s just the beginning. Source: Watchdog…

 

  • Hillary Clinton reiterated Wednesday that her darkest time as secretary of state was the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Mrs. Clinton, in a speech to more than 3,000 people at a women’s leadership conference here, called the attack and loss of lives “very, very painful” and “certainly the biggest regret that I have as secretary of state.” Source: The Wall Street Journal…

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