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Four U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan, Hours After Taliban Talks Announced

June 19, 2013 No one said that the Taliban's agreement to participate in direct talks with the U.S. would be easy. But the plan's first big challenge occurred just hours after its unveiling, when four U.S. soldiers died as a result of "indirect fire" from an insurgent attack at Bagram air base, according ...

We All Need to Help NASA Find Killer Asteroids

June 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Welcome to the NASA Grand Challenge, where everyone from government agencies to citizen scientists will compete to figure out the best way to detect and study earth-threatening asteroids. This is a real thing that is happening, and it's all complimentary to the agency's initiative to lasso an asteroid for further ...

Obama: Syria Isn't Another Iraq

June 18, 2013 President Obama defended the administration's decision to "ramp up" their support to Syrian rebel forces by, among other things, providing some lethal aid, during a sprawling interview with Charlie Rose that aired late Monday night on PBS. The president "rejected" the view that getting more involved in Syria is a ...

Half of NASA's New Class of Astronauts Are Women

June 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Everybody wins when NASA does something good, and the news that the program selected its highest percentage, ever, of female astronauts for its new class is no exception. The eight new astronaut candidates — four of whom are women — could join the 49 active astronauts already working at NASA. ...

How Yahoo Fought PRISM — and Lost

June 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Yahoo, one of the companies named as part of the NSA's PRISM data collection program, didn't go quietly, according to a New York Times scoop posted late Thursday. The company was behind a 2008 court challenge to fight a court order requiring the company to give them data without a ...

The NSA Director Behind the Data Tracking Headlines

June 13, 2013 NSA director General Keith Alexander spent some time explaining the necessity of the NSA's surveillance programs on Wednesday. And while the director's answers at to the assembled lawmakers were low on specifics, it seemed to boil down to two implied words: trust me. "I would rather take a public beating, ...

Why Edward Snowden Leaked the Secret NSA Information

June 10, 2013 The Guardian has revealed the identity of the man who leaked information about the NSA's surveillance programs, PRISM and Boundless Informant. Meet Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old defense contractor employee who's worked for the NSA for four years. Snowden is currently employed by defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, where he makes ...

Chinese Hackers Spied on the 2008 Elections, Too

June 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chinese hackers backed by the People’s Republic of China accessed internal data from both the McCain and Obama campaigns in the lead-up to the 2008 elections, according to a report fromNBC News. They were, apparently, looking for information pertaining to the two campaigns' positions on China. U.S. intelligence officials disclosed ...

Twitter's Jaded Reaction to the NSA's Phone Records Collection Program

June 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A huge Guardian scoop Wednesday evening revealed confirmation of an indiscriminate phone records collection program, encompassing the calls of every Verizon customer on a daily basis — that's millions of Americans' phone data. And unsurprisingly, Twitter blew up with commentary just after the story broke. But not with outrage, with ...

Michelle Obama Stares Down Heckler at a Fundraiser

June 5, 2013 Michelle Obama isn't quite as tolerant of hecklers as her husband is, if a late Tuesday confrontation is any indication. Obama, speaking at a private fundraiser in Northwest Washington, was interrupted by Ellen Sturtz, who wanted the First Lady to get the president to sign an executive order banning LGBT ...