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Robert Mueller, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, during a Bloomberg Government cybersecurity conference in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 2014.

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Robert Mueller, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, during a Bloomberg Government cybersecurity conference in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 2014.

Mueller Cites Danger of Lax Cybersecurity

Business leaders and top government officials must take ownership of cybersecurity and avoid the delegating the issue to subordinates — otherwise, they risk being unprepared for a computer crisis or data breach, says former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III. In a rare...

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Attendees listen as Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, speaks during a virtual conversation at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin on March 10, 2014.

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Attendees listen as Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, speaks during a virtual conversation at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin on March 10, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 303

The House yesterday, with a 303-121 vote, passed a bill that would restrict some National Security Agency powers to collect data in bulk. The bill, H.R. 3361, “would end one of the most controversial domestic spy programs under which the...

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An AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile manufactured by Raytheon Co., is seen on a Lockheed Martin Corp. F-16D Fighting Falcon aircraft, during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on Feb. 12, 2014.

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An AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile manufactured by Raytheon Co., is seen on a Lockheed Martin Corp. F-16D Fighting Falcon aircraft, during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on Feb. 12, 2014.

Defense Companies Play Offense in 2014 Elections

Government contractors are putting their money where their mouths are. The top 10 contractors, as compiled by Bloomberg Government, have increased their political action committee spending by 29 percent for the 2014 congressional elections, compared with their donations for the 2012 races....

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Corn outside Malden, Illinois.

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Corn outside Malden, Illinois.

Immigration Stalemate Taking Agriculture Toll: Vilsack

Written with Laura Curtis Add American crop production to the list of U.S. losses because Congress can’t agree on immigration reform, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Perishable fruits and vegetables are left to rot, and potentially productive fields are...

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A Hampshire pig  in Winchester, Kentucky.

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A Hampshire pig in Winchester, Kentucky.

Hog-Wild Beef Prices Belie Ranchers’ Livestock Losses

The life and death of livestock gets congressional attention this week as a House  subcommittee looks at an industry that has seen its ups (in prices) and downs (in millions of lost animals). One of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s...

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A C-130 prepares for takeoff from Lajes Field in the Azores.

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A C-130 prepares for takeoff from Lajes Field in the Azores.

Azores Base Cause for Congressman With Family Roots

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker:  Rep. Devin Nunes is fighting to protect an airfield in the Azores, his family’s ancestral island home. Nunes is seeking to prevent the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Lajes air field in the Azores, an autonomous region...

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Ryan’s $4 Million: House’s Biggest

Paul Ryan has the biggest campaign fund in the  House, at more than $4 million. It’s not hard to explain why. The Wisconsin Republican was Mitt Romney’s running mate on the party’s 2012 presidential ticket. He leads the House Budget Committee...

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