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Botched Attack Kills State Department Employee in Afghanistan

April 8, 2013 An assassination attempt in Afghanistan on Sunday resulted in the first death of a State Department employee since the war there began. Anne Smedinghoff, a 25-year-old State Department official, was killed when a Taliban bomb targeting Zabul province Governor Ashraf Nasari went off as the State Department's transportation convoy intersected ...

Obama's Big Bucks to Get Inside Our BRAIN

April 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama is tired of turning left at Albuquerque when following the current brain map, so he proposed a new $100 million, long-term investment initiative Tuesday: the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN for short, so scientists may better understand our noggin'. The New York Times had the ...

Caroline Kennedy Headed to Japan as New Ambassador

April 1, 2013 The Obama administration is sending Caroline Kennedy, the only living child of former President John F. Kennedy to Tokyo as Japan's new U.S. ambassador. The Washington Post reports the move has been "firmed up," and Kennedy should be off to Tokyo shortly. Kennedy was a very important donor for the ...

Can a Female Leader Put an End to the Secret Service's Boys Club?

March 26, 2013 Following an awful scandal in which a bunch of Secret Service agents were busted for drinking and partying with hookers in Columbia, the President is moving towards a "culture change" by appointing the first woman ever to run his security detail. The Washington Post's Scott Wilson reports Obama will name ...

The Case of the Missing Deadly Virus Is Only a Problem If You Own Rats

March 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow OK, this sounds worse than it is: A vial containing a potentially deadly virus has gone missing from a Texas laboratory. But you really shouldn't freak out because everything is going to be fine and it won't affect you, unless you have some very strange pets. CBS News reports University ...

John Kerry's Surprise Tour Takes Him to Afghanistan to Smooth Things Over

March 25, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry made another unannounced visit to a country in the Middle East on Monday morning. This time he's in Afghanistan to try and make nice with President Hamid Karzai, whose relationship with the U.S. has been contentious of late — and that's putting it nicely. The ...

Accident During Live-Fire Exercise Kills Seven Marines

March 19, 2013 A military training exercise in Nevada took a disastrous turn Monday evening when a mortar apparently exploded during a live-fire exercise and killed at least seven U.S. Marines and injured several others. Read more at TheAtlanticWire.com.

Newly Released Tapes Reveal LBJ Knew but Never Spoke Out About Nixon's Rumored 'Treason'

March 18, 2013 Rumors and whispers of Richard Nixon's 'treason' -- sabotaging Vietnam peace talks to help his Presidential campaign -- have floated around for years, but newly released tapes from Lyndon Johnson's Presidency show that LBJ knew about Nixon's behavior and didn't bother to report it. In previously released tapes from Johnson's ...

Iran May Sue Ben Affleck and George Clooney Over 'Argo'

March 12, 2013 Ben Affleck knows he disappointed the country of Iran with his portrayal of the country in his Oscar winner, Argo. But after the amazing February he had collecting trophies from every award show in the business, we doubt he ever expected to face a lawsuit from Ahmadinejad & Partners. According ...

Chuck Hagel's First Afghanistan Trip Got Off to a Scary Start

March 11, 2013 Chuck Hagel's first visit to Afghanistan as Defense Secretary got off to a scary start as two separate suicide bomb attacks greeted him. One targeted Afghanistan's Defense Ministry, but, thankfully, Hagel was nowhere near the building at the time. The attack at the Ministry killed nine peopleand left the cars ...