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Tim Geithner Is Still Defending Himself to Democrats

May 23, 2014 Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner attempted to explain his side of the government's Wall Street bailout in his new book, Stress Test. Now that he's back in the press, many Democrats are still criticizing the way he handled the 2008 financial crisis, directly and indirectly. On her book tour, Sen....

Voters Hate Obamacare More Than They Want Immigration Reform

May 19, 2014 In a not-totally-surprising Politico poll released Monday morning, the numbers show "mounting danger" for Democrats as we get closer to November's midterm elections. Almost 9 in 10 respondents said Obamacare would be "important" in determining their vote, and 60 percent said debate on the health care law should not be...

Sexual Assault Reports Are Up 50 Percent in the Military

May 1, 2014 According to a new report from the Pentagon, sexual assault reports went up 50 percent in the military from 2012 to 2013. This is likely due to increased confidence in the system, not an increase in crimes. The Defense Department will release its full report Thursday afternoon, according to Politico's...

Sexual Assault in a Bureaucracy: How Universities and the Military Fail Victims

April 23, 2014 Sens. Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand have been leading the effort to hold universities accountable for the way they handle sexual assault on campus, similar to their efforts to reform the military in 2013. It's not a coincidence that both the university and the military struggle with this issue. While...

Two Senators, Two Different Lessons from a General's Sexual Assault Case

April 4, 2014 Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill have been at war over how the military should handle sexual assault since last year. Both commented Thursday on the recently resolved case against Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, but his example doesn't bolster either of their positions about reform. Sinclair was sentenced in March...

Convicted General Could Still Get Big Pension

March 25, 2014 Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was reprimanded and sentenced last week to pay a $20,000 fine for carrying on an adulterous affair with a female captain, having improper relationships with two other women, and abusing a government credit card. The female captain maintains he sexually assaulted her, but those charges were...

Lakota Nation Adopts Bitcoin Rival as Its Official Currency

March 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Lakota nation has taken MazaCoin, a bitcoin copycat, as its official currency. Native American activist Payu Harris is leading the charge to implement MazaCoin — he believes that the newly-developed cryptocurrency will give the Lakota a sense of "national identity." Despite the massive instability of bitcoin and other digital...

GOP Congressional Candidate Explains Why Military Rape Is Natural

January 15, 2014 Virginia State Sen. Richard "Dick" Black announced last week that he is running for Congress this year to fill retiring GOP Rep. Frank Wolf's seat. A former military prosecutor, Black started his career in politics as a state House delegate in 1998. He's an extreme social conservative who's said, as...

Many People Signed Up for Obamacare at the Last Minute

December 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While we won't know exactly how many people signed up for Obamacare through the federal exchange this month until mid-January, the state exchanges saw a lot of last-minute sign-ups on the December 23 deadline. So many, in fact, that in the Obamacare deadline has been extended (kind of). In California,...

Congress Won't Vote on How to End Military Sexual Assault

December 9, 2013 Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill have been warring over amendments to change how the military deals with sexual assault, but now neither measure will get a vote. Gillibrand wants to take sexual assault cases out of the military chain of command, while McCaskill wants reform that leaves commanders in...

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