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Joe Biden's Google hangout takes on assault weapons and the NRA

January 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "I don't view it as gun control, I view it as gun safety." That was Vice President Joe Biden's key message during a Google+ hangout on Thursday afternoon as his road show pitching the Obama administration's new gun proposals took to a friendly part of the web. But that's a ...

Democratic senator promises a budget this year

January 21, 2013 Sen. Chuck Schumer promised the Senate would pass a budget that includes tax reforms this year on NBC's Meet the Press. "First, it’s not true that we haven’t had budget control in effect the last several years. The budget control act of 2011 put in rigid spending cuts," Schumer said, ...

Obama's inauguration might have trouble paying its bills

January 14, 2013 So, Obama's big second term inauguration is a little more than a week away, and apparently they're really behind on financing. Like, $10 million behind. You would think coming up with a measly $50 million for a second-term inauguration would be easy after raising $1 billion for his campaign. But ...

The administration really doesn't want to talk about the drone that killed an American citizen

January 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the latest sign that President Obama's targeted killing program may be forever shrouded in secrecy, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon has denied a Freedom of Information Request from the American Civil Liberties Union and The New York Times over the death of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year-old American-born son of ...

Why Is Eric Schmidt Going to North Korea?

January 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Don't call him an ambassador, and don't count on Google North Korea just yet, but Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is going on a North Korean vacation with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, reports the Associated Press. Google's place in Kim Jong-un's alleged "industrial revolution" remains very much unclear, ...

Bandits make off with $1.3 million worth of Apple products in Paris

January 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some people in Paris were apparently unsatisfied with the post-Christmas sales at the Apple store in Paris, France, so they decided to give themselves a five-finger discount to the tune of $1.3 million. Now that's some extreme couponing. A few hours before midnight Monday night, the Wall Street Journal reports ...

Be careful when downloading your Twitter archive

December 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter is rolling out the long-awaited feature of downloading your entire tweet history, it seems, but be careful. You might not like what you find in there. Sometimes we remember our tweets with rose-colored lenses. The Next Web was the first to notice a few users posting about being able ...

One man is now tweeting every known U.S. drone strike

December 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Josh Begley set out to tweet a complete history of known U.S. drone strikes Tuesday with the goal of doing it all in ten minutes. Except there were way too many strikes to tweet, so his original plan fell apart pretty quickly. You might recognize Begley's name. He is the ...

The FCC joins the gadgets-on-flights fight

December 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The calls are coming from inside the bureaucracy. The FCC wants the FAA to stop being a bunch of buzzkills and finally let us use our phones and tablets during takeoff. The Hill's Jennifer Martinez got her hands on a letter Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, ...

The final election receipts exceeded $2 billion

December 7, 2012 The most expensive election in the history of expensive elections passed a major milestone Thursday evening: the cost of the election was revealed to be more than $2 billion dollars. Campaign finance forms released Thursday evening showed the combined fundraising of the Romney and Obama campaigns brought the election over ...