During World War II, Sex Was a National-Security Threat

The government detained and quarantined so-called “patriotutes” to protect soldiers from sexually transmitted diseases.

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California’s Great Leap Forward on Food Waste; Springfield Revisits Residency Rules

Also: Tacoma considers budgetary impacts of a looming minimum wage increase.

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Play of the Day: Does Anyone Want to be Speaker?

The disarray continues the week after Kevin McCarthy decided he didn't want the job.

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How the USGS Detects Earthquakes Using Twitter

The agency learned to separate background noise from the “wow, that was an earthquake!” tweet.

U.S. Marines observe training maneuvers in Jordan in 2013.

White House Cancels Syrian Train-and-Equip Program

The Pentagon now plans to focus on training just key Syrian leaders and sending more arms — and air cover — to fighters already on the ground.

Look for Lawmakers to Again Target Feds’ Benefits

Democrat vows fight, calls using federal workers as offsets for other costs ‘unconscionable.’

House Republicans Are Waiting for Paul Ryan to Make Up His Mind

The House GOP met Friday to determine what happens next.

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The Alchemy of Great Leadership

Newsflash: There are no shortcuts.

House Panel Passes Hiring Reform, Harassment Protections for Federal Interns

Approved bills also include update to presidential transition process and anti-fraud measure.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Attorney's office in New York last month.

Justice Forces Phony Woman-Owned Contractor to Pay $20 Million

UFC Aerospace and its former president admit violating the Small Business Act.

We’ll Find Out Oct. 15 If There’s a 2016 COLA

It doesn't look good for federal retirees.

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NASA Wants to Start Building Stuff From Martian Rocks

Perhaps one day, astronauts will get to live in stone houses.