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Obama Requests $500 Million for 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels

June 27, 2014 President Barack Obama wants to increase the U.S.'s involvement in the Syrian conflict by asking Congress to approve $500 million in funding to train and arm "moderate" Syrian rebel forces. The proposed assistance will "help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control and facilitate the provision of essential ...

FBI Director: Don't Let Weed Stop You from Applying to the FBI

May 20, 2014 Law enforcement angencies generally don't hire stoners and slackers. But as the cyber war heats up, groups like the FBI may be forced to turn to people who like to get a little heated to stay ahead of the curve. “He should go ahead and apply,” was the advice FBI ...

The Psychologist Behind the CIA's Torture Program Desperately Wants to Speak Out

April 18, 2014 The psychologist who wrote the CIA's post-9/11 torture program wants to tell his story to the world, if only non-disclosure agreements with the U.S. government weren't holding him back. James Mitchell, the retired Air Force general and psychologist who figures prominently in the Senate's report on the ineffectiveness of the ...

Obamacare Enrollment Results Will Come Down to the Wire

February 26, 2014 It will go down to the wire but the latest numbers indicate Obamacare may sign-up 7 million people by the March deadline originally pushed by the Obama administration. Of course, they've already decided to move the finish line closer. The most recent numbers are promising: senior administration officials tell the ...

Yahoo! Mail Accounts Hacked Through Third-Party

January 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Late Thursday Yahoo! acknowledged hackers accessed a number of its Mail accounts through a third party and that the affected accounts must now reset their passwords. If you didn't know your Yahoo! Mail password, you're in luck. In a post on the company blog, Yahoo! says their servers are still ...

HealthCare.Gov Passes 1 Million Enrollments

December 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow HealthCare.gov, the struggling federal health care startup, finally cleared 1 million users in the month of December, federal officials have announced, acknowledging a milestone that falls short of original goals. Over the last three months, from October 1 to December 24, more than 1.1 million people enrolled in a new ...

NSA Intercepts Laptops Purchased Online to Install Malware

December 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow According to a new report from Der Spiegel on the National Security Agency's top team of hackers, the agency intercepted electronics purchased online before delivery to install malware and other spying tools. NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division is responsible for the biggest hacks we've learned about in the last ...

China Is Now the Third Country to Successfully 'Soft Land' on the Moon

December 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Chinese lunar rover landed Saturday, making China the third country to ever successfully “soft-land” on the moon. On Saturday morning, Chinese state television reported the Chang’e-3, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a lunar rover that will carry out experiments and collect geological samples, “soft-landed” on the moon. The ship left ...

Canada's Government Basically Never Closes for Snowstorms

December 10, 2013 Federal offices in Washington, D.C. shut down on Tuesday because of a snowstorm that basically didn't happen. The Wire decided to see what it would take for the Canadian government to close because of a snowstorm, and the answer is: it doesn't. We spoke with multiple Canadian federal government employees ...

Report: Russian Diplomats Who Scammed Medicaid Were Also Spying on the U.S.

December 9, 2013 What started as a simple fraud investigation, has turned into a spy thriller as some of the 49 Russian diplomats and their spouses accused of defrauding Medicaid "were also engaged in espionage," according to a new report on CNN. How many of those 49 diplomats and relatives were spies is ...