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Eye Opener: Obama's green czar leaving? Defense contractors regroup, Filipino flag flap

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Happy Monday! Is Obama's green czar leaving? More TS agents get security clearances and the U.S. inadvertently inverts a flag.

Cabinet and Staff News: Family is a factor for Rahm Emanuel as he ponders the Chicago mayor's race. David Axelrod embraces Petraeus' "spin doctor" label. Congrats to former OMB spokeswoman Jean Weinberg on Friday's birth of her first son, Sidney Matthew Czepiel. Will Carol Browner head for the exits instead of stick around for an incremental, vastly scaled-back energy agenda?

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT:
U.S. officials defend state secrets claim in Aulaqi suit: The Obama administration invoked the state secrets privilege Saturday to dismiss a lawsuit brought on behalf of U.S.-born cleric.

Cyber attacks test Pentagon, allies and foes: Cyber espionage has surged against governments and companies around the world in the past year, and cyber attacks have become a staple of conflict among states.

Ice cream rationing at Guantanamo Bay: Only one ice cream per detainee, OK?

Helicopter dip in Lake Tahoe Is under investigation by Navy: An investigation is under way after two helicopters dipped temporarily into the lake before righting themselves and landing at a nearby airport.

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING:
Defense contractors on offensive: They're buying and selling companies at an increasingly high rate as they seek to position themselves for a realignment in Pentagon spending priorities.

GOVERNMENT WORK/LIFE/OPERATIONS:
Presidential transition bill passes the Senate: Republicans presidential candidates aren't the only politicians thinking about 2012.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS:
Library of Congress redesigns THOMAS site: It now includes a bookmarking and sharing toolbar and links to its Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and iTunes U accounts.

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY:
How NSA plans to beef up your IT security: It's "hunting" down hackers who are roaming federal networks, and blocking their ability to gain access to data and networks.

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE:
Ex-Postal Service workers return as private contractors, make more money: They're coming back as private contractors, sometimes making double the salaries they made as full-time workers.

No deal yet on USPS retiree health payment: It's down-to-the-wire time again for the U.S. Postal Service as it seeks congressional help in dodging much of a $5.5 billion payment due next Thursday into its retiree health benefit fund.

STATE DEPARTMENT:
US: Inverted Philippine flag was 'honest mistake': Doing so wrongfully signified that the Southeast Asian nation was in a state of war.

TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION:
10,000 TSA employees get secret clearances: They're getting access to secret intelligence information to better enable them to detect threats and stop terrorists.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 27, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Eye Opener  
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