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Is the CIA Getting Out of the Drone Business?

March 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Daniel Klaidman of The Daily Beast reports that the White House will soon take the power to launch lethal drone strikes away from the CIA and make the program the exclusive domain of the Defense Department. Because the military and intelligence services operate under a different set of rules, the...

South Korean Websites Taken Down In Possible Cyberattack From North Korea

March 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The web servers of three television networks and three major banks in South Korea were brought down by cyberattacks earlier today and, naturally, the first suspected culprit is North Korean hackers. Websites and ATMs were offline for several hours and even some employees at the TV stations were not able...

Obama Set to Name New Labor Secretary

March 18, 2013 Thomas Perez, a civil rights lawyer in the Obama Justice Department, is about to be nominated to be the new Secretary of Labor, setting the stage for some key battles that the president expects to fight in his second term. President Obama is planning to announce the appointment on Monday,...

Obama Says Iran Is a Year Away from a Nuke

March 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As part of a mini press-tour to set up his first presidential trip to Israel next week, Barack Obama told an Israeli television station that Iran is at least a year away from developing a nuclear weapon. In an interview with Channel 2 News, Obama tried to reassure Israelis that...

North Korea Shuts Off Its Emergency Hotline to Seoul

March 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After last week's threat to call off their armistice with South Korea, officials disconnected the hotline built to avert disaster. Because the two countries are officially not speaking to each other—they have no embassies or diplomatic relations—the only formal communication line between Pyongyang and Seoul is a Red Cross telephone...

U.S. Captures Bin Laden's Son-In-Law and Will Put Him on Trial

March 7, 2013 U.S. officials have announced that a former spokesperson for al Qaeda—who also happens to be a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden—has been captured overseas and has been brought to America to stand trial. According to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, the CIA found Abu Ghaith in Ankara, Turkey, and tipped off...

North Korea Is Now Threatening a Preemptive Nuclear Attack

March 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the U.N. Security Council has voted for harsh new sanctions against North Korea, that nation's military has found a way to take its fighting words to yet another hyperbolic level. In a press statement complaining about both the sanctions and ongoing military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea,...

FAA to Close Air Traffic Control Towers Due to Sequester

March 6, 2013 Following through on President Obama's biggest sequester doomsday scenarios, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced it will shut down 173 air traffic control towers due to forced budget cuts. The towers will be at small and medium-sized airports that don't necessarily need their own towers, and will only affect "contract...

Congress Gets Its Drone Memos, and Obama Gets His CIA Director

March 5, 2013 The Senate Intelligence Committee voted in favor of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director, 12-3, after it was announced that the committee finally got more access to the White House's legal memos about drone attacks. The Obama administration has so far resisted all calls to share their confidential legal...

The Sequestration Is Here ... Now What?

March 1, 2013 Welcome to Sequester Day! How will you celebrate and/or mourn? And what is your government doing to put a stop to it? The short answer, so far, is nothing. Congress already went home for the weekend, and the White House isn't scrambling to craft a rescue package. There's still time...

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