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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley [R] on Tuesday ordered state employees to answer the phone with this peppy greeting: “It’s a great day in South Carolina.”

As the AP points out, the state’s unemployment rate — 11.1 percent — is not so great.

Former White House financial reform adviser Elizabeth Warren, who is now running for the right to challenge Republican Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts, is consolidating national progressive support in her Democratic primary. The Huffington Post reports that Warren has now picked up the endorsement of former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), who was a major liberal voice in the Senate until his defeat in the 2010 Republican wave.

Feingold writes in an e-mail going out to his Progressives United PAC supporter list:

"In 2005, she stood up against the Wall Street wish list of a bankruptcy bill -- a huge corporate giveaway I opposed in the Senate. And after the big banks drove us into a recession, Elizabeth proposed a new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and then fought tirelessly to make sure the Obama administration created it. So when Elizabeth announced her decision to run for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts this month, to keep fighting for middle class families on Capitol Hill, I couldn't have been happier."

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Last week Mark Zukerberg showed off the new Facebook Timeline during the company's f8 keynote. Announced as a new way of presenting yourself on Facebook, the Timeline is an autobiography of your Facebook-shared life. But how Facebook is securing that life could surprise you.
While hacking is usually looked upon as a means to bring a company down, Facebook seems to using it for good. They're not just hiring hackers to work at the company, they're asking hackers in the wild to find vulnerabilities--for cash. Last year Pedram Keyani, an engineering manager at Facebook, issued a challenge to his staff, crack Facebook security. The team was able to gain access to Keyani's account, by hacking his home W-Fi network. What they weren't able to do was access Facebook's corporate and administrative systems.
This probably wasn't the first, or the last time Facebook did this. Keyani regularly hosts hackathon events at Facebook and has stated that, "Facebook is run by Hackers." Considering Zuckerberg's hacking past, it's not that big of a surprise.
While Facebook has been guilty of allowing third-party apps to gather information from its users and the phishing/lifejacking scams on the site continue to have an impact on users individual accounts, the site itself has not been the victim of a system-wide security breach. In other words, while Sony and credit card companies are sending out emails warning their users that their accounts may have been hacked, Facebook has so far steered clear of this phenomenon.
Unsurprisingly Facebook won't talk about their security or give me access to their security team. They did issue the following statement. "Security is a top priority for us, and we invest lots of resources in protecting our site and the people who use it from attacks."

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Word comes from the Democratic Whip's office that the House of Representatives will quietly extend government funding on Tuesday, and then again, for a longer stretch, when the House returns from recess next week.

No muss, no fuss. Though House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will lose a big chunk of his caucus on the vote, the fight, for all intents and purposes, appears to be over.

On the Senate floor Monday night, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the whole exercise a "fire drill [that] was completely unnecessary."

But a Senate Democratic aide suggests McConnell knew full well who'd caused the fire drill, and it wasn't Democrats.

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Those Republican voters who know Herman Cain seem to like him, according to Gallup. But he still faces problems getting his name out there. “Herman Cain’s image among Republicans familiar with him is more intensely positive than any other Republican presidential candidate’s, but his 51% name recognition continues to rank near the bottom of the field,” Gallup wrote in a report out Tuesday.

The South Carolina Republican Party sends out the following email:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE South Carolina Republican Party Contact: Matt Moore, 803-988-8440
Columbia, S.C. - SCGOP Chairman Chad Connelly will host Mrs. Ann Romney, State Treasurer Curtis Loftis and State Rep. Nathan Ballentine on Friday, September 30 as Romney for President files its 2012 South Carolina Presidential Primary paperwork.
Who: SCGOP Chairman Connelly, joined by Mrs. Ann Romney, State Treasurer Curtis Loftis and State Rep. Nathan Ballentine
What: Romney for President files 2012 Republican primary paperwork
When: 9:30AM, Friday September 30, 2011
Where: 1301 Gervais Street (Wilbur Smith building), First Floor Conference Room (follow signs)

Herman Cain appeared Monday night on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren, and was asked whether he thought he could peel off votes from such usually Democratic groups as union voters and African-American voters. And in response, Cain made a bold prediction.

"Now, the African-American vote, I am confident, based upon black people that I run into, black people that used to call my radio show, black people that have signed up on my Web site to support me -- I believe, quite frankly, that my campaign, I will garner a minimum of a third of the black vote in this country, and possibly more," said Cain, "especially after what the president did recently when he was addressing the Black Caucus. That didn't go over well with a lot of people in this country.

"My message is resonating, not because of my color but because the message is simple, and it is sticking to the American people in terms of actually making a difference."

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