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Edward Snowden Says He Was Challenging Vladimir Putin, Not Helping Him

April 18, 2014 Whistleblower Edward Snowden raised some eyebrows yesterday when he made a"surprise" appearance at Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual press conference. Today, Snowden has defended his decision to participate in the Q and A in a Guardian op-ed, saying he was taking Putin to task, not lobbing him a softball for...

Biden, Survivors Pay Tribute on Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

April 15, 2014 Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a memorial event marking the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings in the city. Biden was joined by Massachussetts Gov. Deval Patrick and others to remember the day before a moment of silence from 2:30 to 3 p.m. at the marathon finish...

Google Just Bought the Drone Company that Facebook Had Its Eye On

April 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google swept in and agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a high-altitude drone manufacturer, on Monday, months after Facebook had entered into talks to buy the company. Titan, based in New Mexico, will go to Google for an undisclosed sum. The Wall Street Journal's report on the sale notes that the...

Defense Team in 9/11 Trial Says the FBI May Be Spying on Them

April 14, 2014 According to an emergency motion filed late Sunday night in the trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, one of the defense team's lawyers was interrogated by the FBI, possibly compromising their case. The motion, first reported by the Miami Herald's Carol Rosenberg, derailed a planned competency hearing at Guantanamo Bay Monday...

What You Need to Know About Heartbleed, the New Security Bug Scaring the Internet

April 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What should you know about Heartbleed, a recently uncovered security bug? The shortest version: You'll have to change all of your passwords, and temporarily avoid any site that is known to be vulnerable. That sounds a bit alarmist, we know, but now that internet and security experts know a little...

Mars Photo Probably Shows a 'Cosmic Ray Hit,' Not an Underground Alien Base

April 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An image transmitted from Mars to Earth by NASA's Curiosity rover has some alien enthusiasts seeing the (artificial) light about the possibility of life on Mars. The image, visible at the raw images database from NASA's jet propulsion laboratory, depicts what appears to be a white speck of something in...

One of the NSA's Biggest Defenders Is Retiring to Be a Radio Host

March 28, 2014 Seven-term Republican Rep. Mike Rogers announced early on Friday that he would not seek re-election this November. Instead, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee will host a national radio show. In a statement, the Michigan legislator said: “I have always believed in our founder's idea of a citizen legislature....

State Department Official Caught on Tape Saying "F-ck the EU"

February 7, 2014 Victoria Nuland is the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States. And, thanks to a leaked phone conversation during which she says, "Fuck the EU," her international relationships might be a bit awkward right now. In the phone conversation, Nuland discusses a deal to...

Congress Could Move to Ease the Way for More Aid to Egypt

January 14, 2014 Remember, months ago, how the story of whether the U.S. would call the military takeover of the Egyptian government a coup or not was a big story? Some members of Congress are apparently hoping that you don't, as the House and Senate prepare to release a spending bill that will...

White House to Part Ways With the Contractor Behind HealthCare.gov

January 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow According to a report in The Washington Post, the Obama administration is just about ready to part ways with the contractor behind Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal's contract expires at the end of February, at which point the administration will reportedly sign a 12-month contract with CGI rival Accenture. CGI was mainly...

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