Cyberattack on Florida election raises questions
March 18th, 2013
03:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Cyberattack on Florida election raises questions

(CNN) - It's a fear that keeps cybersecurity experts up at night: an attack on an online election system.

Apparently, it's now come to pass.

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Filed under: Florida
August 19th, 2012
09:13 AM ET
2 years ago

The guy who makes politicians funny

New York (CNN) - In the spring of 1993, the Clinton administration was in a jam.

The first 100 days hadn't gone well. The president had been shaken by troubles large and small: the Branch Davidian raid, gays in the military, even an ill-advised haircut. The press office was saying everything was fine, but the administration knew better: at an upcoming White House Correspondents' Association dinner, Clinton was going to meet with a chilly reception, and he needed to face his antagonists head on.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • White House
April 23rd, 2008
09:35 AM ET
6 years ago

Charlie Wilson's peace

 Charlie Wilson, at the Los Angeles movie premiere with wife Barbara, loves the film about him.
Charlie Wilson, at the Los Angeles movie premiere with wife Barbara, loves the film about him.

(CNN) – candidates saying they'll bring more openness and responsibility to the federal government.

But ask former Democratic Texas congressman Charlie Wilson about transparency, and he chuckles.

"You can't do everything transparently," Wilson told CNN in a phone interview, and he should know: his determination to fund Afghan rebels against the Soviet invasion was made into the book and movie "Charlie Wilson's War." (The DVD of the film, which starred Tom Hanks as Wilson, comes out Tuesday.) Wilson's effort was covert: He set about increasing funding for CIA operations in Afghanistan, helped convince disparate groups such as the Israelis and Saudis to cooperate, and did it all with almost no coverage in the press.

"This was opaque and it had to be opaque, and had it not been, it wouldn't have succeeded," he continues. "But to be opaque, it had to have bipartisan support. It had to have enthusiastic bipartisan support - but bipartisan support that didn't go to the press, and try to take credit."

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Filed under: Political