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NASA's Planet-Hunting Telescope Will Never Hunt Planets Again

August 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Thursday, NASA announced that they'd given up on repair attempts to the Kepler Space Telescope, after a second navigational wheel critical to the spacecraft's mission (there are four in total) stopped working in May. That officially ends the Kepler's mission to find new, possibly habitable planets around other stars....

Leaked NSA Audit Found Agency Broke Privacy Rules 'Thousands' of Times

August 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow According to two major scoops by the Washington Post, the NSA's own audit found thousands of instances in which the agency broke existing privacy laws, while the man in charge of the secretive FISC court in charge of policing American spying programs admits that their ability to actually do so...

The U.S. Still Isn't Ready To Cut Its Aid to Egypt

August 15, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry provided the administration's most thorough response so far to Wednesday's bloodshed in Egypt. The clashes, the result of the military's violent crackdown on pro-Morsi protesters, killed at least 278 and injured 2,000, by the military's count, and the country is now under emergency law for...

Student Crowdfunds Unpaid Internship with Harry Reid

August 13, 2013 Jessica Pardon, an incoming intern for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, can't afford to do the prestigious unpaid internship on her own. So, the college student is crowdfunding the $6,500 she believes it will take to pay for her four-month stint in D.C. And while demonstrating an affinity for fundraising...

Obama's Intelligence Chief Will Head Up Promised NSA Review

August 13, 2013 Last Friday, President Obama promised a review of current government surveillance practice by an independent group of outside experts. Turns out that the review group will be established by the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who's come under fire from Congress for erroneously telling legislators that the U.S. doesn't...

Hillary Clinton Calls Voter Fraud a 'Phantom Epidemic'

August 13, 2013 Hillary Clinton criticized the Supreme Court's decision to invalidate part of the Voting Rights Act on Monday, launching a series of speeches the almost certain 2016 presidential candidate will give in the next few months on policy issues. Monday's speech, at the American Bar Association's annual meeting in San Francisco,...

Biden Reminds Everyone He Might Run for President, Too

August 12, 2013 Although it might feel like it, Hillary Clinton isn't the only person dropping hints about a run for the presidency in 2016: Joe Biden will attend the annual Senator Tom Harkin steak fry fundraiser next month in Iowa. The steak fry, you see, is in an early primary state, and...

McCain's Foreign Policy Bromance With Obama

August 9, 2013 Senator John McCain, President Obama's new foreign policy friend from the GOP, was on CNN Thursday to call the current state of U.S. -Russian relations a return to "1955," and to explain what happened on his White House-sanctioned trip to solve the Egypt crisis (he didn't). But most importantly, McCain...

John McCain Weighs In on his Foreign Policy 'Bromance' with Obama

August 9, 2013 Senator John McCain, President Obama's new foreign policy friend from the GOP, was on CNN Thursday to call the current state of U.S. -Russian relations a return to "1955," and to explain what happened on his White House-sanctioned trip to solve the Egypt crisis (he didn't). But most importantly, McCain...

NSA Will Replace Potential Snowdens With Computers

August 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The NSA will eliminate 90 percent of the system administrators who maintain the agency's networks, according to the agency's director Keith Alexander. Speaking on Thursday to a cybersecurity conference, the NSA chief said that most of the current work done by staff and contractor system administrators — Snowden's old job...

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