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

12:16 PM ET 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 ...

Americans Have Had It with Obama and Congress

November 12, 2013 According to Tuesday's Quinnipiac poll, President Obama just posted his lowest approval rating ever. Only 39 percent of Americans approve of the commander-in-chief; 54 percent disapprove. When it comes to Congress, people are even less confident. Tuesday's Gallup poll shows that just 9 percent approve of Congress, also the lowest ...

Most Americans Think Obama's Doing a Bad Job

November 8, 2013 President Obama's favorability has dropped to new lows, according to the Pew Research Center poll released on Friday. Fifty-three percent of Americans disapprove of Obama, while 41 percent view him in a positive light. The president was in New Orleans on Friday pushing for more spending on infrastructure projects, but ...

The Military's Sexual Assault Problem Gets Bigger

November 7, 2013 According to Pentagon figures released on Wednesday, reports of sexual assault in the military have risen sharply over the last year. The Defense department received 3,553 sexual assault complaints from October 2012 through June, a full 50 percent increase over the year before. According to military officials, the numbers represent ...