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In fact, the Social Security Administration does have what it calls a “Death Master File.” But some other agencies don’t routinely check it before issuing benefits. Ditto with the General Services Administration, which has an “Excluded Parties List System” for ineligible contractors.


Netanyahu to meet

with Obama in July

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet President Obama on July 6 after an earlier visit to the U.S. was postponed owing to the Gaza flotilla raid, the White House said Sunday.

“The president has offered the dates of July 6th, where the prime minister, Netanyahu, will be coming back to the White House to reschedule,” top White House aide Rahm Emanuel told ABC’s “This Week” program.

“That will be the fifth visit by the prime minister to the White House to work on a series of issues that are from the peace process, the security of the state of Israel, also dealing with the other issues in and around the region.”


Napolitano: Nation must

balance liberties, security

The nation’s homeland security chief says fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off that the government must make to beef up national security.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says that as terrorists increasingly recruit U.S. citizens, the government must constantly balance Americans’ civil rights and privacy with the need to keep people safe.

Finding that balance has become more complex as homegrown terrorists have used the Internet to reach out to extremists abroad for inspiration and training. Those contacts have spurred a recent rash of U.S.-based terrorism plots and incidents.


Unemployment falls

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