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US Government Agencies Are Buying Ads on Facebook—in Russian

October 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the midst of the frenzy of trying to determine how Russia influenced the US elections through buying ads on Facebook, The San Diego Union Tribune reminds us that basically everyone—including the US government—can buy ads on the platform to push their agenda. Carl Prine, an investigative reporter at the...

U.S. Government Agencies are Buying Ads On Facebook—In Russian

October 13, 2017 In the midst of the frenzy of trying to determine how Russia influenced the US elections through buying ads on Facebook, The San Diego Union Tribune reminds us that basically everyone—including the US government—can buy ads on the platform to push their agenda. Carl Prine, an investigative reporter at the...

A Horrifying Statistic That Conveys the Sheer Scale of the Opioid Crisis

September 28, 2017 The opioid crisis in the United States is killing nearly one hundred people per day. Some areas are particularly hard hit, leaving officials to deal with constantly multiplying bodies of those claimed by overdose. In Ohio, morgues keep running out of space, forcing authorities to use temporary cold-storage trailers instead....

The Marines Finally Have Their First Female Infantry Officer

September 26, 2017 The Marine Corps got its first-ever female infantry officer this week when a lieutenant completed a grueling 13-week course. Compared to the rest of the US military, the Marines have the smallest share of women among its ranks, and are known to have a particularly male-centric, if not misogynistic, culture....

Harvard Rescinded Chelsea Manning’s Fellowship after CIA Chief Mike Pompeo Cancelled a Visit

September 15, 2017 After CIA chief Mike Pompeo said he was canceling an appearance at Harvard over its invitation to military whistleblower Chelsea Manning to be a visiting Kennedy School fellow, the university decided to rescind Manning’s title. Pompeo sent a letter to Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center yesterday (Sept. 14), calling Manning...

Travelers Coming Into America Are Now Seeing Beefed-Up Security

July 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Airlines are starting to implement additional security measures for international flights to the US, potentially meaning even more hassle for travelers. The security measures apply to roughly 280 airports in 105 countries and do not affect domestic flights, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told Quartz. The...

The Private-prison Industry Has One Big Client That No One Talks About

June 13, 2017 The largest jail system in the United States has no buildings of its own. Instead, it’s a shadowy complex of agreements that tucks detainees in wherever there’s available space. It has swelled substantially over the past two decades, and it is likely to grow further. This jail isn’t run by...

Trump’s Justice Department Won't Use Outside Experts to Improve Forensics

April 10, 2017 The Trump Justice Department will no longer work with a panel of independent scientists, judges, and attorneys to improve the country’s forensic-science practices, attorney general Jeff Sessions said Monday (April 10). It’s the latest step of away from an Obama administration legacy in criminal justice reform. Sessions said in a...

Is the US Ready for Police Drones Outfitted With Tasers, Tear Gas and Lethal Weapons?

April 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Drone attacks are something Americans hear about from a great distance, as a controversial and deadly tool of U.S. foreign policy. But if a new bill passes, Americans in one state might come a bit closer to understanding what it’s like to have weaponized drones flying overhead. The new bill,...

Private Prisons are Already Experiencing a Boon Under Trump and Critics Want to Know Why

April 3, 2017 Immediately following Donald Trump’s election, private-prison stocks soared. The $5-billion industry had just been severely hit by a policy decision from the Obama administration, and it was facing a groundswell of public opposition. But with Trump voicing support for prison privatization and promising an immigration crackdown, operators have been presented...