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John Kerry Busted Taking a Brief Nap in Poland

June 3, 2014 At a press conference conference in Warsaw on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to briefly nod off to the dulcet sounds of his translator earpiece. To make things more awkward for Kerry, he was in the audience of a press conference conducted by his boss, Barack Obama. At ...

Here's What's in the Benghazi Chapter of Hillary Clinton's New Book

May 30, 2014 A 34-page chapter of Hillary Clinton's upcoming book, Hard Choices, is all about the Benghazi attacks. According to a copy of the chapter obtained by Politico, a substantial portion is clearly meant to address ongoing committee hearings convened by the GOP-led House of Representatives, who believe that Clinton was part ...

National Park Service Will Start Promoting Historic LGBT Sites

May 29, 2014 The National Park Service will start considering more sites important to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the United States, based on the recommendation of a recently convened panel through the Interior Department. The panel of 18 scholars is examining the history of the LGBT movement, ...

Army Removes the Commander of Fort Bragg's Hospital Following Patient Deaths

May 28, 2014 Col. Steven J. Brewster was replaced as commander of the Womack Army Medical Center on Tuesday, after recent patient deaths and issues with surgical-infection control at the facility. The Fort Bragg medical center is one of about 40 across the nation that serve active duty members of the military and ...

80 U.S. Troops Are Headed to Chad to Search for the Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

May 21, 2014 On Wednesday, President Obama announced that 80 U.S. military personnel have gone to Chad to aid officials there in a search for more than 200 missing Nigerian schoolgirls. "These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area," Obama ...

'House of Cards' Is Looking for its NSA Director

May 19, 2014 House of Cards Season Three will involve the National Security Agency — or at least an NSA director — according to a casting notice sent to SAG-AFTRA actors in the Baltimore area, where the show is shot. According to the Baltimore Sun, the show is looking for a male or ...

How to Manage Expectations for Your Rally to Overthrow the American Government

May 15, 2014 Retired Army Col. Harry Riley expects that somewhere between 10 million and 30 million people will help him shut down Washington on Friday for Operation American Spring. Operation American Spring, in case you didn't get your invitation, is a militia-heavy protest explicitly aiming to force Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry ...

Apple, Facebook, and Other Tech Companies Will Disclose More About Government Data Requests

May 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google will tell their users more about government requests for their data, in the wake of a series of leaks exposing the NSA's secret bulk data collection programs. As the Washington Post reports, companies that have already adopted a practice of notifying users of government requests ...

The State Department Warns of an 'Evolved,' Decentralized Al Qaeda

April 30, 2014 In its annual terrorism report, the State Department warned that the rise of aggressive, decentralized al Qaeda affiliates scattered through the Middle East and North African regions presents "serious threat to the United States, our allies, and our interests." In the report, the department outlines how losses among al Qaeda's ...

Watch Live: NASA Astronauts Take a Spacewalk to Repair the ISS

April 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two U.S. astronauts will step out into space at 9:20 a.m. for a two-and-a-half hour spacewalk on Wednesday. Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio will install a backup computer on the exterior of the International Space Station, and remove a broken one. NASA, as always, is broadcasting the spacewalk live. You ...