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Rand Paul Will Block John Brennan Until He Gets an Answer About Drones

February 14, 2013 After the scuttled nomination of Susan Rice and rumblings about stopping Chuck Hagel's, it looks as though a Senator may actually pull out their one big "check and balance" gun and put a hold on an Obama nominee. Rand Paul has announced to the world that he will block the...

Why North Korea's Nuclear Program Can't Be Stopped

February 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite years of war, sanctions, threats, and complete ostracizing from the rest of the planet, North Korea continues to defy all attempts to halt their nuclear operations. The state's latest test on Tuesday, its third in seven years, has officials around the globe condemning the regime and calling for new...

The Man Who Shot Bin Laden Breaks His Silence

February 11, 2013 Phil Bronstein got the first interviews with the man who actually fired the bullets that killed Osama bin Laden—a man who is a hero to most Americans, but whose story since leaving the Navy has not been a happy one. Bronstein, the former editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, talked...

Tim Geithner Is Not Selling Out

February 7, 2013 Unemployed Treasury secretaries generally don't stay unemployed for long, but unlike some of his predecessors, newly private citizen Tim Geithner won't be going for the big bucks right away. Geithner announced today that his first job out of Washington will be at the Council on Foreign Relations as a distinguished...

Iran airs spy footage it (allegedly) took from a captured U.S. drone

February 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Iran is jumping on the drone news bandwagon today, with an expertly timed release that it claims is decrypted surveillance footage taken from a downed American drone. You may recall that in December 2011, the United States lost a unmanned, unarmed drone somewhere near the border between Iran and Afghanistan,...

The drone secrets inside John Brennan

February 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States has been operating a secret CIA drone base out of Saudi Arabia for the last two years — a landmark counter-terror operation that several news organizations and lawmakers knew about but didn't acknowledge until today. The catalyst for the story finally breaking is John Brennan's nomination to...

Ex-Marine charged with murder in sniper Chris Kyle’s death

February 4, 2013 Authorities still have no motive in the killing of Navy sniper Chris Kyle, but most signs seem to point the post-traumatic stress disorder as a possible culprit. Iraq war veteran Eddie Routh was charged with two counts of murder after shooting Kyle and his friend, Chris Littlefield, on Saturday. He...

Bomb explodes outside the U.S. embassy in Turkey

February 1, 2013 A bomb exploded outside the entrance to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on Friday and witnesses say it may be a suicide attack. Details are still very limited, but the blast happened sometime around 1:15 p.m. local time (6:15 a.m. Eastern) and there are reports of damage to the...

Chuck Hagel faces his biggest critics today

January 31, 2013 Washington could see the most contentious confirmation hearing of Barack Obama's presidency on Thursday, as former Senator Chuck Hagel fights for his chance to be the next Secretary of Defense. At least seven of the 12 members on the Senate Armed Services Committee have expressed some reservations on Hagel's nomination...

Iran sent a monkey into space

January 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Iran claims that it sent a living organism -- a monkey -- into space for the first time ever, without help from any other countries—and brought it back alive. Iran's state controlled media announced the news this morning, without giving much detail, but had previously announced last month that a...

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