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Newborn Baby Cured of HIV, No One's Really Sure How

March 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Medical researchers dropped their microscopes on Sunday when a team of doctors from Mississippi revealed that an infant in their care was born with HIV and cured two years later. Dr. Hannah Gay, who treated the baby, dropped the mic. (Not literally.) Within minutes of the announcement, some were calling ...

Google Sent Cash in the FTC's Direction During Its Antitrust Investigation

March 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nobody's calling it a bribe, but Google donated $25,000 to honor the Federal Trade Commission chairman while the agency was embroiled in an investigation into the company's alleged anti-competitive practices. Last year, Google, along with companies like AOL and Comcast, gave the money to Common Sense Media for an award ...

Jack Lew and His Squiggly Signature Are Your New Treasury Secretary

February 28, 2013 Everybody assumed that the Senate would confirm hard-working, navel-gazing Jack Lew as treasury secretary. And they just did. The real question is: Does Lew know what he's getting into? The first of three budget deadlines kicks in on Friday, and Lew has to take the lead on fixing the United ...

Those Missing Drone Memos Are Now John Brennan's Worst Enemy

February 27, 2013 Now that Chuck Hagel's confirmation has gone off without a hitch (for the most part), it's John Brennan's turn to take the spotlight, and it look like those drone memos will be a real roadblock. We could've guessed as much a couple of weeks ago when a Justice Department "white ...

'Zero Dark Thirty' Is Off the Hook with the Senate

February 26, 2013 After failing to win all but one* of its Oscar nominations, Zero Dark Thirty's filmmakers got some good news on Monday, when the Senate Intelligence Committee dropped its investigation into the movie. It's been six weeks since a panel of senators lead by Diane Feinstein and John McCain opened the ...

Facebook Now Has an Entire Team Devoted to Sandy Hook Scams

February 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When three Connecticut lawmakers asked Mark Zuckerberg in a letter on Monday to do something about the flood of fake Sandy Hook memorial pages, he got back to them quickly. Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, also a Democrat, pointed out that Facebook is filled ...

Recent Cyberattacks Herald a New Kind of Cold War

February 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The New York Times is the latest media outlet to liken the quiet standoff between the United States and China over cyber security to "a new Cold War." In a Sunday evening piece of news analysis, the paper's David E. Sanger wrote about "how different the worsening cyber-cold war between ...

Afghanistan Just Banned U.S. Troops from an Entire Province

February 25, 2013 Afghanistan's National Security Council ordered all NATO and American troops out of the Wardak province on Sunday, following allegations that American Special Operations forces tortured and murdered locals. President Hamid Karzai explained at a meeting of the council on Sunday, "It became clear that armed individuals named as U.S. special ...

North Korea's Nuclear Site Is Getting Busy Again

February 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New satellite images of the nuclear test site in North Korea shows an uptick in activity for the first time since the country's third nuclear test on February 12, stirring fears that a fourth test is imminent. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University spotted the renewed activity on February ...

Google Will Finally Release a Device Apple Doesn't Make: A Touchscreen Laptop

February 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Faced with sluggish Chromebook sales and challenged by surprisingly innovative Windows machines, Google will reportedly release a touchscreen laptop later this year. A Wall Street Journalscoop says that the search giant will double down on its commitment to manufacturing hardware with a touchscreen laptop powered by the Chrome operating system. ...