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Lois G. Lerner (Associated Press)

True the Vote appeals, asks court to rein in IRS targeting

- The Washington Times

True the Vote, one of the conservative nonprofits targeted for intrusive scrutiny by the IRS, filed a notice of appeal Thursday signaling it will ask judges to throw out a lower court’s ruling that found the IRS’s targeting had already stopped, and tossed their case.

When Sony canceled the release of a film in response to terrorist threats from hackers, Republican Newt Gingrich tweeted that "American has lost its first cyberwar." (Associated Press)

A cyberwar with aftershocks, collateral damage

- The Washington Times

Americans are now trying to fathom that the nation is in a multidimensional cyberwar following North Korea’s strategic hack attack on a Hollywood studio, prompting the cancellation of an upcoming film, with an estimated loss of $200 million in revenue alone.

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DHS’ overtime money pit

- The Washington Times

The Homeland Security Department continues to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars a year in overtime to its employees without being sure it is justified, despite years of warning that valuable tax money is in danger of being wasted.

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Cars enter and depart from Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film, "The Interview," and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

- Associated Press

Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell (AP Photo/Eric Reichbaum) ** FILE **

Colin Powell on Cuba: Time now to turn that 'page of history'

- The Washington Times

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that it's "time now to turn" the "page of history" on U.S.-Cuba relations, but that pressure on the Castro brothers will remain going into the future in the wake of the announcement that the U.S. will begin to normalize relations with the communist island country.

State lawmakers to face bill banning gift-taking

- Associated Press

Pennsylvania lawmakers' willingness to stop taking gifts from lobbyists, state contractors and other people who want to influence state government is about to be tested.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has a laugh in Boston in this Dec. 4, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Hillary Clinton supports Obama on Cuba

- The Washington Times

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham offered praise for President Obama's announcement of a shift in the United States' relationship with Cuba after a half-century freeze on diplomatic and economic ties.

House Speaker John Boehner. (YouTube)

John Boehner previews 'new American Congress' in Christmas poem

- The Washington Times

The office of Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, released a video Thursday of Mr. Boehner reciting a slightly modified version of " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" to preview the 114th Congress, which will be sworn in next month and will feature a new Republican majority in the U.S. Senate and a swelling of Mr. Boehner's GOP ranks in the House:

FILE-This Jan.9, 2013 file photo shows Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaking with the media in Phoenix. Arpaio known for arresting hundreds of immigrants in the country illegally on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases. Arpaio's decision to disband the criminal employment squad will end his last major foothold in immigration enforcement after the courts and federal government have gradually reined in his powers in recent years. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)

Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold

- Associated Press

An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.

Director of religious school group named UW-Madison lobbyist

- Associated Press

The director of a group that advocates for religious and private schools was named Thursday as the new lobbyist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison at a salary 14 percent higher than his predecessor's.

Michigan labor activist gets 18 months for fraud

- Associated Press

He has sued the governor. He's sued Detroit. Union activist Robert Davis even repeatedly sued a struggling school district while stealing thousands of dollars from it and serving on its board.