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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 ...

U.S. Steps Up Support for the Syrian Rebels, but Still Won't Arm Them

February 28, 2013 New Secretary of State John Kerry met with leaders of the Syria opposition Thursday and pledged the United States to increased assistance for the rebels—but only the "nonlethal" kind. For the first time, the Americans will formally provide supplies and aid directly to the Syrian rebel fighters, offering $60 million ...

The Senate Finally Confirms Chuck Hagel

February 26, 2013 Chuck Hagel has been confirmed as secretary of Defense, by a vote of 58 to 41. Read more at The Atlantic Wire.

Pro-Assad Hackers Take Over AFP's Twitter with Syrian Propaganda Photos

February 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a couple of high-profile corporate hacks last week, a much nastier Twitter sabotage took place today on behalf of supporters of Syria's Bashar Al-Assad. Around noon Eastern time, thephotographs-only account of news service Agence France-Presse began tweeting images from the conflict in Syria. Except they were not only far ...

Some Republicans Come Out in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

February 26, 2013 At least 75 prominent Republicans, including two sitting members of Congress, will file a brief with the Supreme Court this week defending the idea that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The amicus brief will be filed on behalf of those looking to strike down Proposition 8, the ...

Feds Go After Lance Armstrong for 'Massive Economic Fraud'

February 22, 2013 After weeks of speculation about how they would respond to Lance Armstrong's recent doping admission, the Justice Department has decided to join a whistleblower lawsuit that could cost the cyclist millions in damages. The suit was filed against Armstrong two years ago by Floyd Landis, a former teammate who himself ...

Inspectors Find Major Iran Nuclear Move Ahead of Talks

February 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A week after being sent home from Tehran empty-handed, U.N. nuclear inspectors have revealed that Iran has being installing new centrifuges at their main nuclear plant, a clear act of defiance ahead of an upcoming round of talks. The Internal Atomic Energy Agency's lead investigators went to Iran last week ...

Is the White House Trading Benghazi Secrets to Avoid Questions on Drones?

February 21, 2013 As the Obama Administration maneuvers to secure John Brennan's appointment as CIA director, they are reportedly offering to give Republicans new information about the attack on Benghazi, in the hopes that Senators will back off on demanding more information about its drone program. The New York Times describes the ongoing ...

Two Weeks Before Sequestration, Congress Takes a Vacation

February 15, 2013 Senate Democrats claim they struck an "agreement" that would head off the looming sequestration cuts, but since the deadline is 14 days away and Congress is in recess for the next ten, you probably shouldn't hold your breath. It doesn't help that the plan—which includes a mix of tax increases ...

North Korea's Nuclear Negotiating Game Has It All Backwards

February 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow North Korea says it wants to conduct one or two more nuclear tests this year in order to force the United States into diplomatic talks—by doing the exact opposite of what the United States wants them to. Since the nuclear test they conducted on Tuesday brought near universal condemnations and ...