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FISA passes: Warrantless wiretapping will live on

December 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a move sure to upset privacy advocates across the country, and perhaps spark action from the Supreme Court, the Senate on Friday morning passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by a vote of 73-23 and will send it to President Obama's desk for signature. FISA allows the government ...

Obama to tap Kerry as secretary of State

December 21, 2012 President Obama will nominate Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State today, the Associated Press and The New York Times are reporting. The appointment had been expected since Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration last week amid Republican criticism, and reports that Kerry would ...

Gun Buyback Programs Are Thriving Like Never Before After Newtown

December 19, 2012 It may be difficult to look at that many firearms at once after the Newtown shooting, but just think about it: They were all returned, in what's being called an instant gun-buyback boom, and in one of the most dangerous places in America. This weekend, a state-sponsored cash-for-guns program in ...

North Korea's bunk satellite could float out of control for years

December 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It is now safe to call the North Korean satellite "space junk." The rogue country's successful launch last week of a "space object" quickly tumbled out of control and, well, it's spiraling somewhere over your head right now — and it might not stop floating around up there for the ...

Petraeus will testify about Benghazi tomorrow

November 14, 2012 NBC News has a Senate source telling them David Petraeus will be appearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, where a closed hearing on the terror attack in Benghazi is on the schedule. CNBC's Ryan Ruggiero's tweeted that scoop comes from a "veteran senator" Fox News has confirmed that ...

Why we can't relax about this one glitchy voting machine in Pennsylvania

November 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's a viral video going around of a voting machine in Pennsylvania that seems like its rigged—it switches votes from Barack Obama to Mitt Romney. It's just one machine, but it's also perfectly encapsulates people's Election Day fears. Here's the video: And from the description on Youtube: From the top ...

The White House denies ordering a secret report clearing Huawei of espionage

October 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cue the conspiracy theories: Reuters says it got its hands on "a White House-ordered review of security risks posed by suppliers to U.S. telecommunications companies" that cleared Chinese telecom giant Huawei of allegations of actively spying on the U.S. government. But we're not quite sure what to make of the ...

Syrian government enlists text message spam

September 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Leaving no form of warfare unexplored, Syrian forces employed a teenage form of warfare and sent out a text-message blast to phones across the country that said "Game over" on Thursday, reportedly the bloodiest day of the country's 18-month civil war. "The texts appear to be part of the regime's ...

Study claims drones haven't made Americans any safer

September 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new study by law professors at Stanford and New York University found that drones strikes have killed far more civilians in Pakistan than the U.S. has acknowledged and that the program has a "damaging and counterproductive effect." The crux of the study released on Tuesday, entitled "Living Under Drones", ...

Americans are so fat, we need bigger MRIs

September 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We've constantly been told that obesity is one of the leading causes of health problems in the United States, today the Wall Street Journal reports on a new wrinkle on that obesity-health connection, as they found that some hospitals don't have equipment strong enough to deal with their injured, obese ...