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Obama Sees the Future of Manufacturing: 3-D Printing

February 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last night, while watching President Obama tout America’s manufacturing comeback, millions of Americans collectively blurted out “3-D what?!” Yes, the president said “3-D printing” in his State of the Union address. In fact, he said “A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the ...

Welcome to the Future: Congress Takes on 3-D Printing

February 12, 2013 Last month, Congress entered the brave new world of 3-D printing after gun enthusiast Cody Wilson uploaded a video of himself on YouTube firing a semiautomatic rifle loaded with a homemade high-capacity magazine. The plastic magazine, manufactured on a 3-D printer, was designed to send a message: Congress, and the ...

Panetta orders officer ethics review

November 16, 2012 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced on Thursday that he is ordering a review of the ethical training for senior officers in the wake of the investigation that led to the resignation of former CIA Director David Patraeus and is threatening the career of Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. ...

SEAL Team Six members reprimanded in video game consulting deal

November 9, 2012 Seven members of the Navy’s now-famous SEAL Team Six have been issued letters of reprimand and docked pay after divulging classified information to video-game maker Electronic Arts, CBS News reports. The SEAL’s revealed the secret information in the course of their work as consultants for EA’s “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” ...

Obama, Romney in tight race for newspaper endorsements

October 26, 2012 In an election cycle marked by Internet and cable information saturation and the use of micro-targeting to tailor messages to tiny slices of the electorate, the importance of the newspaper endorsement is unclear. But the campaigns think enough of their value to put their candidates before editorial boards in swing ...

Mother of slain SEAL condemns Romney

October 10, 2012 The mother of a Navy SEAL killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya criticized Mitt Romney for mentioning her son on the campaign trail, Boston’s WHDH-7 reports. “I don’t trust Romney,” said Barbara Doherty, mother of slain SEAL Glen Doherty. “He shouldn't make my son’s death part ...

Obama says Romney shoots first, aims later

September 12, 2012 In an interview with 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft on Wednesday, President Obama said Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s condemnation of his administration’s response to violence against American embassy workers in Libya and protests in Cairo showed a lack of necessary caution. “Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first ...

Summing up Biden, Pew finds 'good' edges out 'idiot'

September 5, 2012 Americans asked to sum up Vice President Joe Biden in a word had two favorites: "good" and "idiot." At 43 and 40 responses respectively, those two words cropped up twice as frequently as their closest rivals, "ok" and "vice president," in a Pew survey of 1,008 Americans. Overall, more respondents ...

On NBC, Romney drops one small hint about veep choice

August 10, 2012 Mitt Romney remained tight-lipped about his vice presidential pick in a taped interview with NBC, part of which was aired Thursday on Nightly News with Brian Williams. But he did drop one small hint. “I don't think I have anything for you on the VP running mate,” Romney said. “Other ...

Can Wikipedia foretell Romney's VP announcement?

August 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wikipedia is the first stop for many who want to know about a topic from history or current events — but did you know it can also predict the future? TechPresident.com reports that the Wikipedia entries for Sarah Palin and Joe Biden both saw sudden spikes in edits in the ...