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Up to 75 CDC Scientists May Have Been Exposed to Anthrax

June 20, 2014 The Centers for Disease Control said today that up to 75 of its Atlanta-based workers may have been accidentally exposed to live anthrax. Reuters reports that the researchers did not take the prescribed safety measures when handling and transferring the anthrax: The potential exposure occurred after researchers working in a...

Obama's Foreign Policy Approval Rating Is Lower Than Ever

June 18, 2014 According to a new poll by NBC and the Wall Street Journal, conducted before ISIS began rapidly seizing control in Iraq, President Barack Obama's foreign policy approval rating is, at 37 percent, the lowest it's ever been. The president got bad reviews in most categories. Obama's overall job approval rating...

It's Too Soon for the VA to Tweet About Oceans, Apparently

June 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier today, the Department of Veterans Affairs sent out a seemingly innocuous tweet about oceans, which ended up causing something of a firestorm amongst the department's critics. Our ocean is under threat. Join people all over the world and make a difference. #OurOcean2014 http://t.co/KJ9qtbd1hl — Veterans Affairs (@DeptVetAffairs) June 16,...

Bergdahl Is Now Back in Texas

June 13, 2014 Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was released after being held by the Taliban in exchange for five of the group's leaders being held in Guantanamo Bay, has finally returned to the U.S. The prisoner of war's release has prompted much criticism from lawmakers who fear the exchange will put U.S....

Militants in Iraq Are Heading to Baghdad Next

June 12, 2014 Members of the al Qaeda splinter group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, have successfully seized the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit, and are now heading toward Baghdad. According to Reuters, Iraqi troops — who have been criticized by the government for abandoning their posts in the...

Iraqi Militants Seize Control of Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Take Hostages

June 11, 2014 Islamist militants from the al-Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who have been in control of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul since Monday night, have now seized the building housing the Turkish consulate. There are reportedly dozens of hostages. Militants seize 48 Turks at...

Taliban Claims Responsibility for Deadly Airport Attack in Pakistan

June 9, 2014 The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for an hours-long overnight attack on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, which killed dozens of people and left several injured. The New York Times put the death toll from the incident at 29, including the attackers. The BBC reported 28 dead, and Reuters...

NASA Reveals Unprecedented Image of Deep Space

June 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA revealed today one of the most colorful and comprehensive composite shots of deep space, a work that draws on nine year's worth of shots taken by the Hubble Telescope. According to researcher Rogier Windhorst, " It's the deepest panchromatic image of the sky ever made. It reaches the faintness...

Bergdahl's Release Upsets Soldiers Who Saw Him as a Deserter

June 2, 2014 Over the weekend, President Barack Obama announced that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 28, the only American P.O.W. from the Afghanistan war, had been released. Since then, many critics have questioned the decision to swap five top Taliban operatives, held in Guantanamo Bay, for the soldier, saying that swap will ultimately...

U.S. May Start New Military Training Program for Syrian Rebels

May 28, 2014 President Barack Obama may announce today that the U.S. Army will start to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, heeding a three-year call from the Syrian opposition for more help against Bashar al-Assad, despite fears that such a program could ultimately put the U.S. at risk. Yesterday, a senior White...

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