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Letting gays and lesbians serve openly hasn't hurt the military, study finds

September 10, 2012 It's almost been one year since President Obama repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell and the first academic study of the policy change has found that the repeal hasn't affected retention, recruitment, or harassment in the military. In other words, the military is just fine after gays and lesbians were allowed...

Pentagon shares non-disclosure agreement Navy SEALs sign

September 7, 2012 The latest in the legal fight between No Easy Day author and former Navy SEAL Matthew Bissonette and the Pentagon, a Defense Department spokesman shared with Reuters the nondisclosure agreement that they say they make SEALs sign. The document found here, is fascinating for the majority of us that are...

NASA can explain why the world won't end, still mystified by Internet commenters

September 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dr. David Morrison is well-educated, smart, and was an astronomer at the University of Hawaii for 17 years before heading to NASA in 1988. For the past four years, as The Awl's Dan Duray reports, Morrison's day job has involved answering over 5,000 e-mails from concerned earthlings regarding doomsday and...

Hillary Clinton targeted in anti-U.S. Chinese editorials

September 4, 2012 Hillary Clinton arrived in China on Tuesday, in what's likely to be her last trip there as Secretary of State, but that milestone didn't stop China's state-run media outlets from printing scathing editorials about her and the U.S.'s growing unpopularity in the country. "Many Chinese people do not like Hillary...

Obama grades his first term: Incomplete

September 4, 2012 Just in time for the first day of school, we're treated to the talk of grading Obama's first term as president with Obama himself giving himself a harsh-sounding "incomplete" and the Romney camp suggesting that running this country should totally be pass/fail--both of which are both way more lenient than...

Tampa mayor has no problem calling off Republican Convention

August 22, 2012 Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has gone on the record and said that there'd be no hesitation in calling off next week's Republican National Convention if Tropical Storm Isaac (soon to be Hurricane Isaac) poses a threat. "Human safety, human life trumps politics ... I think the RNC recognizes that" Buckhorn...

Video: DARPA really needs to TiVo 'Mythbusters'

July 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wired's Danger Room blog brings news that DARPA, the military's science-fiction-turned-reality wing, has figured out how to make a fire extinguisher that uses sound to suppress flames -- something The Discovery Channel's Mythbusters successfully achieved five years ago. Of course, the show's hosts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, didn't create...

31 female victims and counting in Air Force sexual assault scandal

June 29, 2012 In what's probably the worst sexual assault scandal in the U.S. military in the last 20 years, Air force officials have determined that 31 women have been identified as victims of sexual misconduct and assault at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where 12 male boot-camp instructors are under investigation...

Michelle Obama's Pinterest page is surprisingly personal

June 13, 2012 By now you're probably wise to the fact that many celebrities' "official" Twitter and Facebook accounts are actually run by their handlers and their teams, and the FLOTUS isn't an exception. Which is why we were surprised that her newly-launched Pinterest account feels almost personal. Similar to her official Twitter...

Suicide has killed more troops than the war in Afghanistan this year

June 8, 2012 This is a pretty terrible statistic: 154 active duty troops have committed suicide in the first 155 days of the new year--a rate alarmingly close to one per day. The number dead from suicides eclipses the U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan by about 50 percent. For comparison, there were around...

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