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Hurricane Harvey’s Costs “May Blow Katrina Out of the Water,” According to the Government’s Lead Expert

September 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the rain continues to fall in Texas and Louisiana, analysts are scrambling to work out how much the damage done by Hurricane Harvey will cost. The US government won’t be releasing an exact estimate for a month but its lead expert says it looks like it will easily pass...

Harvey's Costs 'May Blow Katrina Out of the Water'

August 31, 2017 While the rain continues to fall in Texas and Louisiana, analysts are scrambling to work out how much the damage done by Hurricane Harvey will cost. The U.S. government won’t be releasing an exact estimate for a month but its lead expert says it looks like it will easily pass...

Where in the World the U.S. Still Has a Military Presence

August 23, 2017 In a speech delivered Monday in Fort Meyer, Virginia, Donald Trump confirmed what was expected: he is walking back opposition to military involvement in Afghanistan, and instead sending more troops to a war that’s already cost the US some $800 billion and over 2,400 troops’ lives. After Obama failed to...

The US Military Indeed Spends A Lot on Viagra—Because it Helps Veterans With PTSD

July 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When president Donald Trump announced his intention of banning transgender people from serving in the US military, he blamed “the tremendous medical costs [..] that transgender in the military would entail.” Many noted that in fact those costs were tiny: On its existing transgender personnel the military spends $8.4 million...

The Military Indeed Spends a Lot On Viagra — Because It Helps Veterans With PTSD

July 28, 2017 When president Donald Trump announced his intention of banning transgender people from serving in the US military, he blamed “the tremendous medical costs [..] that transgender in the military would entail.” Many noted that in fact those costs were tiny: On its existing transgender personnel the military spends $8.4 million...

Jay-Z, Chris Sacca, Dave McClure: Powerful Men Admit Hurting Women, Are Congratulated for Personal Growth

July 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “I’m a creep,” wrote Dave McClure on Medium on July 2. “I’m sorry.” The founder of the influential Silicon Valley incubator 500 Startups officially resigned from the company he created the following day, after a female entrepreneur accused him of unwanted sexual advances. Something must be in the air. This...

Trump Has Raised His Approval Ratings by Embracing His Inner Bomb

April 18, 2017 Since before he became president on Jan. 20, Donald Trump’s approval ratings have been low, to say the least: Trump has consistently registered lower than any president in recent history, even when comparing his performance with predecessors dealing with especially difficult circumstances (the Great Recession, for instance). As of April...

Why Did Donald Trump Send Dozens of Troops to Somalia?

April 17, 2017 The end of his first 100 days as US president near, Donald Trump has changed gears when it comes his position on military intervention. As he was enjoying the “most beautiful” chocolate cake with Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago on April 6, he told the Chinese president that the US had...

Trump Is Reportedly Going to Demand Foreigners Share Their Phone Passwords to Get Into the US

April 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new round of possible vetting procedures is being examined by White House officials in the U.S., according to the Wall Street Journal, and they’re not going to make anyone happy. After limiting the size of electronic devices travelers headed to the U.S. from 10 airports in the Middle East...

Trump is Reportedly Going to Demand Foreigners Share Their Phone Passwords to Get Into the U.S.

April 4, 2017 A new round of possible vetting procedures is being examined by White House officials in the US, according to the Wall Street Journal, and they’re not going to make anyone happy. After limiting the size of electronic devices that travelers headed to the US from 10 airports in the Middle...