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The Senate's Compromise Syria Plan Comes With a Time Limit

September 4, 2013 A compromise plan between members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations would limit Obama's military action in Syria to 60 days, with a possible 30-day extension. That effectively sidelines the administration's draft legislation for military action -- seen as too broad by both parties, including many members of the...

Kerry: 'Humanity's Red Line' Crossed in Syria

September 3, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presented the Obama administration's case for a military strike on Syria to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. They were joined by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for the first formal step toward seeking...

The NSA Pays Some American Companies for Network Access

August 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Washington Post followed up the release of the super-secret NSA "Black Budget" on Thursday with another detail from the leaked intelligence budget: American companies who provide the agency access to their communications networks are often paid for their trouble. It's called the Corporate Partner Access Project, and carries a...

U.S. Embassy Staffer Sent Home from Malta After He Tries to Fight a Stranger

August 29, 2013 A U.S. Embassy staffer in Malta left the country on Wednesday after a video showing him going bonkers on another driver in the middle of a narrow road went viral. The American employee, apparently, confronted a Maltese driver who refused to pull over and let his car through. As traffic...

The State Department Will Send Someone to North Korea to Rescue Kenneth Bae

August 28, 2013 For the first time in two years, the State Department is sending an official representative to North Korea in an attempt to broker the release of jailed American citizen Kenneth Bae. Bob King, the special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, will make the trip on Friday. He'll ask...

Kerry: Syria's Chemical Attacks a 'Moral Obscenity'

August 26, 2013 After a weekend of reports indicating that the U.S. is considering military action as a response to a devastating chemical weapons attack in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Monday the U.S. is still "consider[ing] our response" to the Syrian crisis, indicating with little doubt that there...

Homeland Security Employee Moonlights as Race Warrior

August 22, 2013 A Homeland Security Department employee who works on, among other things, the procurement of guns and ammunition for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, spends his nights and weekends preparing for a coming race war and advocating for anti-gay causes, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center....

The NSA May Have Access to 75 Percent of Domestic Internet Traffic

August 21, 2013 The NSA's data collection programs go back further — and cover more territory — than previously reported, according to a Wall Street Journal report out Tuesday. Here's the Cliff's Notes, since we've had a lot of these lately: According to the Journal's sources, the NSA started setting up internet intercepts...

An 'Overwhelmed' NSA Still Doesn't Know What Snowden Took

August 21, 2013 Despite the National Security Agency's statements to the contrary, it looks like the intelligence agency doesn't know everything that whistleblower Edward Snowden took from them after all. Intelligence officials told NBC News that the NSA was still “overwhelmed” with the work of finding out what else Snowden has. The news...

NSA Can't Stop Inadvertently Collecting Domestic Emails

August 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The NSA's data collection programs go back further — and cover more territory — than previously reported, according to a Wall Street Journal report out Tuesday. Here's the Cliff's Notes, since we've had a lot of these lately: According to the Journal's sources, the NSA started setting up internet intercepts...

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