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  • October 21, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline will host a March 4 fundraiser in Rhode Island for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, though not confirmed, is expected to be in attendance.

    Pelosi has appeared at Rhode Island fundraisers in the past, including Jamestown events in both 2009 and 2010.

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  • August 30, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressman James Langevin, who had long supported civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, made a bit of a splash in May when he went a step further: endorsing same-sex marriage with an op-ed in the Providence Journal.

    Earlier this month, another ripple that didn't go much noticed: Langevin signed on as the 121st co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act that blocks federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

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  • July 15, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The political set's focus, in recent days, has been on Sheldon Whitehouse's fundraising totals and those of Congressman David Cicilline and his would-be opponents. But don't forget Congressman James Langevin. His haul: almost $150,000 for the quarter. He's got just over $225,000 on hand. Not overwhelming numbers, but for a Congressman with no apparent threat on the horizon, it's solid.

  • July 15, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The US Department of Defense released the beginnings of a new cybersecurity policy yesterday. The aim, as Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said, is to deny hackers "the benefit of an attack" - to quickly neutralize the assault and identify the attacker. Identifying hackers is one of the most confounding challenges in cybersecurity.

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  • July 11, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressman James Langevin, the most prominent Democratic voice in the House of Representatives on cybersecurity, has lately complained that Speaker of the House John Boehner has shut out Democrats on the issue by creating an all-Republican cybersecurity task force.

    From Politico:

    “It’s frustrating to see at the leadership level that Speaker Boehner and [Majority Leader Eric] Cantor are making this into a partisan issue,” Rep.

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  • May 26, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressman James Langevin's cybersecurity amendment, which passed the House last year, was defeated today. From the Congressman's office:

    While recognizing the importance of moving forward with the bill, the Congressman expressed disappointment that the House did not pass an amendment he offered to address our country’s urgent need to strengthen its cybersecurity.

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  • May 26, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    I've got a piece in the Phoenix today on the momentum surrounding cybersecurity legislation, designed to stave off attacks on critical US infrastructure and bite into billions of dollars in intellectual property theft.

    One point that didn't get into the piece: the importance of election year politics.

    National security issues, in theory, have the sort of bi-partisan appeal that might override electoral considerations.

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  • May 25, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    I have a piece in the forthcoming edition of the Phoenix on cybersecurity. But first, a little preview here - and some thoughts that didn't make it into the piece.

    For the uninitiated, cybersecurity entails protecting the country's computer networks against largescale theft of intellectual property and the sort of attack that can take down an electric grid or destroy bank records.

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  • April 29, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressman James Langevin, who has made cybersecurity a signature issue, sees hope for an improved federal vigilance with President Obama's nomination of CIA chief Leon Panetta to take over for retiring Defense Secretary Bob Gates:

    “I am particularly pleased to know that Director Panetta will have a full appreciation for the increasing sense of urgency with which we must approach cybersecurity issues.

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  • April 11, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Representative James Langevin has attracted a few big names for a cybersecurity conference at the University of Rhode Island that starts at 10 a.m. this morning. Among them, General Keith Alexander, the nation's top cyberwarrior. His keynote speech, at 10:30 a.m., can be watched live here.

  • March 18, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    I noted in this space yesterday that Congressman Jim Langevin, who has long pushed for an upgrade to the nation's porous cyber defenses, has once again introduced legislation on the subject.

    The new bill would carve out a special White House office on cybersecurity and aim to bolster a weak cybersecurity workforce, among other things.

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  • March 17, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressman Jim Langevin, who has made cybersecurity a signature issue, is making another go at reform. From DC publication The Hill:

    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) unveiled a comprehensive cybersecurity bill on Wednesday that would give the Department of Homeland Security the authority to regulate the security of private networks deemed part of the nation's critical infrastructure.

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  • February 14, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The alleged $10 million kickback scandal involving a Rhode Island-based Navy official and defense contractor Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow (ASFT) has focused attention on campaign contributions offered up by ASFT to members of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation.

    There is nothing to suggest anything untoward by members of the delegation.

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  • December 20, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressman James Langevin visits three Rhode Island high schools this morning to highlight the High School Cyber Challenge, aimed at boosting the nation's skills in cybersecurity.

    This fall, students from the three high schools - Warwick Career and Technical Center, the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center, and Exeter West Greenwich High School - piloted the program, which will be formally launched in Rhode Island, Maryland, and California come February.

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  • December 16, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    A new issue of the Phoenix hits the stands today. And I've got pieces on Teach for America, the controversial program that recruits top-tier college graduates to teach in some of the nation's toughest schools, and the outlook for the Rhode Island Congressional delegation - in Washington and back home.

    Of particular interest, I think, will be watching the trajectory of Congressman James Langevin, now that he's out of the shadow of retiring Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

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