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McCain campaigns for Romney, transparency or not


Political irony: That's probably the best definition for what happened Monday when when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., probably the only GOP lawmaker to express interest in the Disclose Act, rallied Michigan on behalf of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who has turned his back on requests to be more open with his campaign finance. John McCain outside Mitt Romney campaign bus

McCain is the father of modern campaign finance reform. He was the coauthor of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, popularly known as the McCain-Feingold Act. And he hasn't been shy about criticizing this year's conduits for big money, even if it ...

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“Big Data” good for global competitiveness and government decisions…and transparency?


IBM and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory this week announced the broadening of their high performance computing collaboration to boost U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

The collaboration, known as Deep Computing Solutions, will bring a new dimension to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's High Performance Computing Innovation Center, combining both entities' computational science expertise to benefit clients,  according to a press release. Building on IBM and Lawrence Livermore's 20-year relationship, this new agreement between the two companies is currently planned to last five years, but with intentions to make it permanent, according to IBM. IBM corporate logo

Sequoia, an IBM supercomputer ...

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Outside money can’t (always) buy elections


Outside money ain't got that swing. At least, not in Tuesday's state primaries.

Super PACs attempting to influence elections have been spending tens of thousands campaigning for and against politicians this cycle and often have had their way. But this week, they struck out.

Despite considerable spending on behalf of their opponents, two powerful incumbents, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah survived the primaries in their respective states, while another incumbent, Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla, lost despite the big bucks spent to ensure his reelcction.

  • In New York's 13th Congressional District, Rangel managed ...

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