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Eye Opener: 'Don't ask' back on, DOJ drops Blackwater prosecution and a pilot refuses TSA's full-body scan

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

ST. LOUIS -- The Federal Eye is on special assignment today in Gateway City (and enjoyed a fantastic meal last evening at the Sidney Street Cafe) so blogging will be lighter today. But here's a fast look at what's going on across the government:

Question of the Week: A new Post poll finds 52 percent of Americans believe federal workers are overpaid, and more than a third believe they're less qualified than private sector workers. But three out of four respondents who interacted with a federal employee said it was a positive experience. What do you think? E-mail and please include your full name and hometown. We may use your comments in Friday's Post.

Cabinet and Staff News: President Obama will visit Pakistan next year. First Lady Michelle Obama honors youth arts programs. Former President George W. Bush says he tried to leave the presidency better.

Military wins temporary reprieve for 'don't ask' policy: The Obama administration won a temporary stay against the moratorium on "don't ask, don't tell" Wednesday, granting the Pentagon the right to once again enforce the 17-year-old ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military.

Pentagon plans $60 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia: Congress has 30 days to review the sale before the Pentagon and the weapons makers go into more detailed contract discussions.

Pentagon will help Homeland Security Department fight domestic cyberattacks: The system would mirror that used when the military is called on in natural disasters like hurricanes or wildfires.

Dems want FEC slam on Linda McMahon: Connecticut Democrats asked the agency to investigate the WWE's involvement with her GOP Senate campaign.

Efforts to prosecute Blackwater collapse: The Justice Department on Monday said that it would not seek murder charges against a Blackwater armorer accused of killing a guard assigned to an Iraqi vice president on Dec. 24, 2006.

OPM tackles retirement claims processing again: The agency is trying to reduce processing times, which currently average 138 days, and improve service. Failed attempts to automate claims processing and a decrease in staff, coupled with an increasing workload, have caused the backlog to rise.

Pilot refuses full-body scan, says TSA doesn't make travel safer: ExpressJet Airlines first officer Michael Roberts also refused a pat-down and went home.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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