Politics & Government

Criticized over comment, Ray Merrick expresses appreciation for state workers

House Speaker Ray Merrick, facing criticism for saying “Government employees produce nothing,” has issued a statement expressing his appreciation for state workers and calling his previous comments “poorly phrased and poorly contextualized.”

Business

AP Exclusive: Some in NSA warned of a backlash

Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say.

Nation & World

NSA director: China can damage US power grid

China and "one or two" other countries are capable of mounting cyberattacks that would shut down the electric grid and other critical systems in parts of the United States, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command.

Business

Obama plugs science, math education at ceremony

President Barack Obama said Thursday that 19 scientists, researchers and innovators who received the country's highest honor for their life-changing work embody the spirit of the nation and its "sense that we push against limits and that we're not afraid to ask questions."

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