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Bush Joins Obama in Remembering the African Embassy Bombings

July 2, 2013 The two American presidents whose administrations have been defined by the war on terror met in Africa Tuesday to honor some of that war's earliest victims. Barack Obama wrapped up his tour of the continent with a stop in Tanzania on Tuesday, where he was met by George W. Bush, ...

Do-Nothing Congress Somehow Manages to Do Even Less

July 1, 2013 The 112th Congress (2011-2013, R.I.P.) was relentlessly mocked for its amazing ability to not get things done, but the new edition is on pace to set an even greater standard for futility. The 112th, which ended its last session on January 3, passed 220 laws, the fewest of any Congress ...

Senate Votes to Double Border Security Agents

June 25, 2013 Late last night, a group of Republicans Senators teamed up with Democrats to pass an important amendment to the immigration reform bill, but that still might not be enough to save the larger package of laws. The "border surge," which passed by a 67-27 vote will double the number of ...

Are Afghan Troops Really 'Getting Good Enough' to Take Over for NATO?

June 18, 2013 Afghanistan's military formally took over responsibility for its own security on Tuesday, accepting the handoff from NATO forces, whether security forces there are ready or not. At a brief ceremony in Kabul this morning, Western forces handed the lead responsibility for all security operations to the Afghanistan's national forces, the ...

Obama's Approval Ratings Have Taken a Huge Hit After Scandals

June 17, 2013 A new CNN poll shows President Obama's approval ratings taking a nose dive in recent weeks, a development that is probably not unrelated to the deluge of second-term scandals that have taken over the media. The poll, conducted in the middle of last week, shows the president's disapproval rating at ...

Was a U.S. Ambassador Really Soliciting Prostitutes, and Who Covered It Up?

June 10, 2013 CBS News claims that several criminal investigations involving State Department employees, including at least one ambassador, were covered up or ignored in order to avoid embarrassing the diplomatic service. According to a memo written by the department's Inspector General's office, several members of the Diplomatic Security Service, which is in ...

What Did Tech Companies Know About the NSA and When Did they Know It?

June 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The technology giants that were implicated in the NSA/data mining bombshell have so vigorously denied any acknowledgment of the program that The Washington Post has had to quietly pull back its claim that the major firms were complicit in the snooping. In the original version of the Post story that ...

The FBI Changes Its Story (Again) on the Ibragim Todashev Shooting

May 31, 2013 Law enforcement officials are still trying to explain how a supposedly peaceful interview with an important witness in the Boston bombing case turned into a deadly shooting, but as usual, every new attempt to explain the death of Ibragim Todashev only raises more troubling questions. After originally accusing the suspect ...

David Petraeus Joins the Private Equity Game

May 30, 2013 Former general and CIA boss David Petraeus has found his private sector calling, after getting scooped up, post-scandal, by one of the world's biggest and best private equity firms. KKR (not to be confused with former Halliburton subsidiary/military construction contractor KBR) has announced that Petraeus has been tabbed to head ...

Man Killed by FBI After Being Questioned About the Boston Bombings

May 22, 2013 An FBI special agent shot and killed a man in Orlando, Fla., early on Wednesday morning, just hours after he was interrogated about the Boston Marathon bombings. The man, who was identified as 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev, was reportedly an acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who he met through the world of ...