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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 ...

U.S. Navy ship runs aground off the Philippines

January 24, 2013 A Naval minesweeping ship is turning into an environmental hazard after it was heavily damaged when it struck a coral reef off the coast of Palawan in the Philippines. The USS Guardian became stranded on the reef last week, but has recently begun to take on water as heavy waves ...

Clinton's Benghazi testimony will be her last act as Secretary of State

January 23, 2013 Before Hillary Clinton ends her tenure at the State Department she'll deal with one final piece of unfinished business today—answering Congress's questions about the Benghazi attack. Clinton will appear before both the House Foreign Affairs and the Senate Foreign Relations Committees in a full day of hearings on the subject. ...

Report: House GOP 'seriously entertaining' debt default idea

January 14, 2013 Now that the magic coin is no longer on the table, Politico is kicking off the next stage of the debt ceiling fight with a report that House Republicans are "seriously entertaining dramatic steps," including letting the government default or shutting it down altogether. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers even went ...