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DHS: ‘Russian Government Actors’ Targeting U.S. Nuclear Cyber Sphere

WASHINGTON, DC — American authorities have determined that cyber-criminals are actively targeting the U.S. government and private businesses “in the energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors” on behalf of Russia, a top Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official told lawmakers on Tuesday.

Penelope Smith, of the US-VISIT Program, demonstrates the process of inkless fingerprints scanning during a news conference on the program October 28, 2003 in Washington, DC. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security unveiled the US-VISIT Program, which will capture more complete arrival and departure data, such as fingerprints and mug …

GAO: More Than a Third of Visa Waiver Countries Failing to Share Terrorists’ Info With U.S.

The Visa Waiver Program allows foreign nationals from 38, largely European, countries to travel to the U.S. without a visa for tourist and businesses stays up to 90 days. The program requires participating countries to enter into information sharing agreements to report travel threats. The GAO reports, however, that many VPW countries are not living up to their ends of the bargain.

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GAO: 1.4 Million Kids Ditch Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Program

A study published in September by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that participation in First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch program has dropped by 1.4 million children, from 62 percent to 58 percent, from school year 2010-2011 through the 2013-2014 academic year.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell speaks during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill June 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on 'ObamacareImplementation and the Department of Health and Human Services FY 2016 Budget Reqest.' AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit …

HHS Chief Burwell Won’t Investigate Planned Parenthood, Hasn’t Seen Videos

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell said she had not viewed any of the videos regarding Planned Parenthood’s involvement in harvesting the body parts of aborted babies for sale, and that her office would not be conducting an investigation into the practices of the nation’s largest abortion provider.

The California State Senate will vote on a bill that would mandate all University of California and California State University campus health centers to stock drugs for medication abortion.

House Republicans Aim To Strip Planned Parenthood’s Funding

The House Appropriations Committee’s draft of its fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill “eliminates all funding for the controversial Family Planning Program, saving taxpayers nearly $300 million.” The bill would also substantially cut so-called “comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention programs,” but double funding for abstinence-centered or Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) programs.

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7 Facts About America’s Disability Check Explosion

A recent House rules change by Republicans designed to curb insolvency in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund has sparked ire among some Democrats and guaranteed a forthcoming debate over the explosive growth in America’s disability program.