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Republicans Can't Stop Susan Rice from Getting Her National Security Consolation Prize

March 11, 2013 U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice may get the last laugh. Republicans won't be able to stop her from claiming her consolation prize, which, if a new report proves to be accurate, will be as the head of national security. Rice was supposed to be Secretary of State, but controversy surrounding comments ...

The State Department Has an LGBT Travel Guide

March 7, 2013 Are you part of a jet-setting LGBT couple looking to travel abroad this spring? Let the U.S. State Department guide you toward the countries you should and shouldn't visit. Sometime in the last few weeks, the folks at Foggy Bottom took a break from warning people not to visit, you ...

Obama Picks Head of Walmart Foundation to Be Budget Chief

March 4, 2013 It can get better for you, too. Walmart Foundation head Sylvia Mathews Burwell will be announced as President Obama's new White House Office of Management and Budget nominee on Monday, according to a new Reuters report. The choice isn't much of a surprise. Burwell's name has been floating around for ...

Joe Biden Has a New Official Portrait: Deal With It

February 25, 2013 After releasing updated portraits for President Obama and the First Lady for the second term, the White House today finally got around to sprucing up Vice President Joe Biden's official image. This time around, the man so affectionately referred to as "Diamond Joe" — he is a man for all ...

Everything we now know about the Super Bowl power outage

February 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's been nearly two days, and still nobody's quite sure what caused the Super Black Out of 2013 as an outside investigation takes over. But new evidence reveals there may have been early warning signs ignored by stadium officials, and other theories continue to boil over, from fans of the ...

Why the Supreme Court's DOMA decision is limiting the Pentagon's gay benefits

February 6, 2013 Do tell, and do ask the Supreme Court, the Obama administration has firmly pronounced. Later this week, the Pentagon will unveil the extension of as many benefits as it legally can to gay and lesbian military partners, the Washington Post reports. The only issue is that the Pentagon has to ...

Obama's pick to head Interior would be fittest Cabinet member

February 6, 2013 According to multiple reports President Obama will appoint Sally Jewell, the CEO of outdoor equipment mega co-op REI, as his new Secretary of the Interior Department at 2 p.m. And from what we can tell she's going to be the fittest person hanging around the White House — easily. Forget ...

China may (or may not) be behind the Twitter hack

February 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You may not have heard, but roughly 250,000 Twitter accounts may have been compromised by hackers. There's a theory that -- if you read between the lines -- Twitter is implying the Chinese are to blame for compromising their security. Twitter revealed that roughly a quarter million accounts may have ...

Ahmadinejad wants to be Iran’s first astronaut

February 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What monkey? Unfazed by questions about whether his country's space monkey mission was staged, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is pretty gung ho about being his country's first man sent to space. "I am ready to be the first human to be sent to space by Iranian scientists," Ahmadinejad said on ...

No, Anonymous doesn't have access to U.S. warheads

January 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you were skimming the news this morning, we could understand why you might be confused and thinking that the hacking collective Anonymous has access to real U.S. warheads. Stop worrying, they don't. They allege they do have sensitive information about the Justice Department, though. The group took over the ...