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Newly Revealed Memo Revives Flap Over ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Disclosures

Pentagon Deputy IG Lynne Halbrooks, a key player, resigned last week.

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Massachusetts Cities and Towns Still Feeling Fiscal Hit From Costly Winter

A new credit outlook: “[T]he full effect across all municipalities is significant because it eats into funding for other services or results in declining reserves.”

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Feds Heighten Scrutiny of TSA Screeners and Aviation Staff to Thwart Insider Threat

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The prospective measures stem from a report the Department of Homeland Security requested after a former baggage handler last December allegedly helped smuggle loaded guns aboard a plane bound for New York City.

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Look for the Space Between the Waves

In an always-on world, we must pause to process what we've learned.

NSA: Rules of War Apply to Cyberwar, Too

In the tightly controlled discussion about cyber weapons, this counts as a step toward transparency.

Why Obama's Former Offshore Drilling Cop is Still Worried

Michael Bromwich, who overhauled regulation after the BP spill, says risks are much lower but real threats remain.

TSP Participants Could Be Vulnerable to Hackers, Auditors Say

Once in the system, hackers could take loans or withdrawals from retirement accounts.

New Program Will Give Feds a Break on the Cost of Higher Ed

Partnership between OPM and Vermont college will offer feds and their families up to 70 percent off online tuition rates.

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The Risk of Letting Employees Know Where They Rank Versus Their Peers

If your organizational culture is more collaborative, doing so could hurt performance.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced the measure.

Bipartisan Team Launches Effort to Better Assess Whether Programs Work

Bill would establish commission to recommend data for judging programs.

Lawmakers are getting closer to a deal on human-trafficking, the first domino in a row that would allow the Senate to take up the Lynch nomination later in the week.

Senators See Progress on Lynch Nomination

The House turns to cybersecurity—while President Obama meets a foreign dignitary and the New England Patriots.

Chris Christie's Maneuver to Put Himself Right of the 2016 Field

He’s doing it in New Hampshire—and by tackling entitlements.

A brown pelican covered in oil sits on the beach in Louisiana in 2010 after the spill.

Contractor BP Wants You to Think the Gulf Is OK

With billions on the line, the oil giant wants to change minds five years after the Gulf spill.

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