Jan 21, 2019

TSA airport screener absences hit 10%

The government shutdown reaches day 30. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Transportation Security Administration said 10% of airport screeners missed work this holiday weekend, up from 3.1% at this time a year ago, the AP reports.

Why it matters: It's a sign of the financial hardship TSA workers are feeling as the government shutdown hits day 30. Longer lines at certain airports are the result, and extra screeners have been dispatched to airports in Atlanta, Miami, and Newark. Baltimore/Washington International Airport closed one of its security checkpoints on Sunday, but TSA told AP it was open again on Monday.

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Trump administration backs Oracle in Google fight

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo via The Washington Post.

The Trump administration is siding with Oracle in the database giant's dispute with Google before the Supreme Court — a move that comes as Oracle's founder hosts a high-dollar fundraiser for the president.

Why it matters: Billions of dollars — and, Google argues, the future of software innovation — are at stake as a long-running copyright dispute between the two giant companies heads to the Supreme Court next month.

Established VCs turn to "super angels" to grow their network

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Thanks to companies like AngelList and Carta that make it easier than ever to set up small VC funds, a new generation of so-called “super angels” is cropping up — and established venture funds are backing them.

Why it matters: Just like the boom in scout programs a number of years ago, it’s all about the deal flow.

Scoop: Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout

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Deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates will be reassigned as a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, the National Security Council said Thursday — and a senior White House official said that the administration "rejects" the rumors that she is "Anonymous."

Why it matters: Coates has battled claims that she is the still-unknown Trump administration official that penned a New York Times op-ed and book critical of President Trump.