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Navy SEAL killed rescuing a kidnapped doctor in Afghanistan

December 10, 2012 A member of the Navy's elite SEAL Team Six was killed on Sunday during a mission that rescued an American doctor from kidnappers in Afghanistan. The doctor, Dilip Joseph , was abducted along with two other men last Wednesday after visiting a rural medical clinic in the eastern part of ...

What exactly is Obama's 'red line' in Syria?

December 6, 2012 President Obama said that the use of chemical weapons would bring "consequences" to Syria, but with nerve gas bombs already being filled, would the United States act before Bashar al-Assad unleashes them? Can they act? Last night's NBC News report has greatly heightened fears that the Syrian regime plans to ...

NASA Shoots Awesome New Photos of Earth at Night

December 6, 2012 NASA has unveiled some beautiful new pictures of the entire Earth shrouded in darkness, but lit up from below by street lights, wildfires, and the faint glow of moonlight. The images are composites of thousands and thousands of photos gathered by the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite, which ...

Can Bill Clinton's Dream Team Fix the Fiscal-Cliff Negotiations?

December 4, 2012 A group of economic advisers from the Bill Clinton era thinks it may have stumbled upon a brilliant solution for America's current economic situation: make it more like the Bill Clinton era. Which, given today's Washington gridlock, may not be all that brilliant. Today's new independent proposal for tax reform ...

See how Syria's Internet disappeared

November 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's been almost a full day now and the nation of Syria remains completely cut off from the rest of the Internet (and by extension, the outside world.) Internet analysts who watched the collapse in real-time think they've figured out how it was done. The Syrian government claims that "terrorists"—their ...

Obama's Syria plan just got a little less mysterious

November 29, 2012 According to a report in The New York Times, the White House is "considering several alternatives" to intervention in the Syrian civil war, but remains leery about the backlash of sparking a wider conflict—even as time runs down on how or whether to step in. Among the options being considered ...

House Republicans pick only white men to be committee chairmen

November 28, 2012 Yesterday, the House of Representatives picked the leaders of 19 committees for the upcoming 113th Congress yesterday and every one of them is a white male. As the majority party, the Republican caucus gets to pick who holds each chairmanship in their House and every vote in this week's closed ...

David Petraeus secretly testifies to Congress about Benghazi

November 16, 2012 Former CIA director David Petraeus snuck into the sub-basement of the Capitol building today to testify in front of two closed-door Congressional hearings about what he and his agency knew about the Benghazi embassy attacks. The media was not allowed to see Petraeus enter and the hearings are mostly classified, ...

John Kerry's name being floated for Defense post, not State

November 13, 2012 Though he was an early frontrunner to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, a new report says that Senator John Kerry could be tapped to run the Defense Department instead. The Washington Post reports that President Obama is "considering" asking Kerry to take the post currently occupied by Leon ...

Romney's get out the vote plan was a complete disaster

November 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Republicans continue to deconstruct the failure of the Romney campaign, volunteers have revealed that there were serious problems with the candidate's whiz-bang tech solution for getting people to the polls. Prior to election Day, Mitt Romney's team was already bragging about Project Orca, a web app that would connect ...