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Against the Dollar Coin

August 21, 2013 In the halls of Congress, a measure is being pushed by four senators that could well ruin American lives. Called the COINS Act, it allegedly aims to save the government money by replacing dollar bills with dollar coins. The bipartisan bill is actually called the Currency Optimization, Innovation and National...

Your Guide to Being Funny at the Office

August 14, 2013 Making your way in the gnarly world of office politics is tough. From avoiding land mines like fish-based lunches to mastering the art of the email signature, the day in the life of the average American office worker is rife with trivial challenges that could have tremendous repercussions, such as...

If You Don't Want the Government to Spy on You, Move to Montana

July 9, 2013 Behold the Montana legislature, whose last prominent achievement allowed Montanans to eat their own roadkill. Overshadowed by that bill this past term was little old House Bill 603, a measure that requires the government to obtain a probable cause warrant before spying on you through your cell phone or laptop....

You Are Going to Pay $100 Million for Obama's Trip to Africa

June 14, 2013 The Obamas' trip later this month to Africa could cost taxpayers in the vicinity of $100 million because of massive presidential vacation resources -- hundreds of Secret Service agents, 14 bulletproof limos, and much, much more -- but there is more important outrage to be had: Despite all the money...

Ambassador's Prostitute Excuse Won't Help State's Coverup Case

June 12, 2013 The tabloid favorite amongst the brewing new State Department investigations isn't the alleged Baghdad drug-ring cover-up, or the alleged Honduras killings cover-up, or even the alleged cover-up of Hillary Clinton's security detail for an "endemic" solicitation of prostitutes. No, the sexiest of the Foggy Bottom probes — all of which...

Turkey's Government Doesn't Understand Its Digital Enemy

June 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed the violent mess in Turkey on everything but the government. He specifically cast blame on "a problem called Twitter," and police across the country subsequently arrested at least 25 people, apparently for the crime of tweeting some photos and videos of cops...

Turkey Is Now Arresting Dozens for Using Twitter

June 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Freedom of speech is not high on the shifting priorities list of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And after he chastised "every kind of lie on" Twitter — and blamed almost everything else but his government for the outbreak of violence across his country — at least 25 people...

The U.N. Will Not Stand for Killer Robots

May 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama may have finally clarified the U.S. position on armed assassins in the sky, but the next wave of drone controversy may now center on whether robots on the field of battle are smart enough to gun down human beings. At a the meeting of the United Nations Human...

Surviving Suspect in Boston Bombing Is Walking, Talking and Claiming He's Innocent

May 31, 2013 The surviving Boston bombing suspect -- the one who was captured near his boat-side confession, who entered the hospital in critical condition only to speak a single word at his bedside hearing, then offered early excuses in the ongoing investigation before being transferred to a prison hospital -- has recovered...

Is Big Pharma Standing in the Way of Curing the New SARS?

May 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Middle East Respiratory Symptom coronavirus (MERS-CoV), better known as the new SARS cousin that is efficiently killing people in Saudi Arabia, has been described by the World Health Organization as "a threat to the entire world." Like most deadly diseases — and there seem to be a lot going around...

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