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Republicans Love Darrell Issa as Much as They Love the IRS (Not Much)

March 28, 2014 After 10 months of investigating the IRS on what was supposed to be a bullet-proof charge that the organization was unfairly targeting Tea Party-backed organizations, Republicans have soured on the probe. And Rep. Darrell Issa, the brawn behind the investigation, has been left holding the bag. "[It] was a distraction,...

Report: Target Breach Succeeded Because Retailer Didn't React to Its Own Safeguards

March 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The hack that embarrassed U.S. retailer Target and left millions of customers' credit card information naked and exposed wasn't particularly complex or all that elaborate, according to new investigation. It only worked because, for some reason, Target didn't react to the safeguards it put in place. Bloomberg Businessweek spoke with...

Dennis Rodman Might Have Broken International Sanctions

January 24, 2014 Dennis Rodman can't catch a break. On top of an abysmal trip to North Korea which ended with him taking a direct flight to rehab, Dennis Rodman is now the subject of a U.S. Treasury Department investigation because of gifts he gave to Kim Jong-un. Showering a North Korean dictator...

Beyonce Draws Fire for Song Sampling Challenger Disaster Audio

December 31, 2013 A song on Beyoncé's celebrated new album samples audio from the space shuttle Challenger explosion, and it isn't going over entirely well. "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," were the words NASA officer Steve Nesbitt said as the nation watched the space shuttle...

George Bush Shows Hillary Clinton His Paintings on Air Force One

December 11, 2013 President Obama, former President George W. Bush, and Hillary Clinton all shared a 16-hour flight on Air Force One to South Africa on Monday and at one wonderful point in the air, the former president went full dad and showed off his now-famous paintings to some very important people. The...

Veteran Injured Saving Woman Who Jumped from Upper Deck at Oakland Coliseum

November 25, 2013 On Sunday, a 61-year-old man saved the life of a woman who decided to jump off the third deck of the Oakland Coliseum after the Raiders game. In an attempt to catch her, the life-long Raiders fan suffered serious injuries. "He saved her life quite honestly, at his own expense...

Gigantic Cargo Plane Mistakes Tiny Airport for Air Force Base

November 21, 2013 Thanks to a 12-mile mistake, one of the biggest planes in the world is stuck in the middle of Kansas. The pilots of a 747 Dreamlifter cargo plane landed at an airport with a runway that is 3,000 feet too short for the enormous plane to take off again. The...

Border Patrol Is Keeping Its Policy of Shooting People Who Throw Rocks

November 5, 2013 Despite a government-commissioned internal review that recommended ending the practice of shooting people who throw rocks and bottles at agents, the Border Patrol has decided to leave its policy on the use of deadly force unchanged. "Just to say that you shouldn't shoot at rock-throwers or vehicles for us, in...

Edward Snowden Reportedly Now Has a Job Doing Tech Support

October 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Edward Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, won't say whether his client is still in Russia, but he has assured us that some prominent Russian website has decided to give the notorious NSA leaker a job in tech support. "Kucherena told the RIA Novosti news agency Thursday that Snowden starts his new...

Cemetery Won't Let Soldier Have a SpongeBob Gravestone

October 22, 2013 If you serve this country, as the late Army Sgt. Kimberly Walker did in Iraq for two tours, shouldn't you be allowed to have whatever gravestone you want — even if it is SpongeBob Squarepants? That's the question at the center of a battle at the Spring Grove Cemetery in...

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