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Obama's Navy SEAL critics are failing

August 22, 2012 They were the Republicans' best chance at swift-boating President Obama, but they're unraveling at the seams. The four-month assault by former Navy SEALs and Special Forces operatives against President Obama's handling of the Osama bin Laden raid had the potential to discredit the president's signature foreign policy achievement, but the ...

Neo-Nazis are using the Army as a training camp

August 21, 2012 White supremacists aren't the type of people you want to train to be unstoppable fighting machines, but that doesn't mean they're not signing up for the call of duty. In a disturbing Reuters investigation, Daniel Trotta uncovers the campaign by neo-Nazis and certain skinhead groups to encourage enlistment in the ...

U.N. observers pull out of Syria

August 20, 2012 They've been pushed around, shot at and ignored for four months and now they're finally calling it quits. On Monday, the United Nation's observer mission in Syria pulled out of the country citing the escalating violence. "Both parties have obligations under international humanitarian law to make sure that civilians are ...

White House, State Department back Russian punk band

August 17, 2012 Standing up for liberty can create some strange bedfellows: Like the State Department and the reportedly orgy-loving, cathedral-desecrating feminist punk band Pussy Riot. By now, Russia's draconian two-year jail sentence thrown at the band for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" has sparked headlines around the world. But who knew the ...

Four-star general put in timeout over allegedly lavish expenses

August 16, 2012 You don't see this every day: Four-star Army Gen. William "Kip" Ward is under investigation for burning through hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on lavish travel and hotels, according to The Associated Press' Lolita C. Baldor, and as a result, Ward is just biding his time in what's basically ...

Potheads take an interest in Operation Fast & Furious

August 13, 2012 The Justice Department's botched gun-smuggling program Fast & Furious is no longer the exclusive obsession of Republicans and gun owners. Turns out, advocates of marijuana legalization want in on the conspiracy too. The unusual development was sparked by a new book titled Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana by ...

Meet America's first openly gay general

August 10, 2012 A lot has changed since the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and some things have stayed the same, but Friday marked a new milestone in the months since the ban on gays serving openly in the military was repealed: The appointment of the first openly gay general. As Stars ...

NASA is the government's one true viral hit factory

August 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA may only consume 0.5 percent of the federal budget, but it generates practically all of Uncle Sam's viral marketing buzz. Never was that more apparent than on Monday morning following the successful Mars landing of Curiosity, the biggest and most advanced spacecraft ever dispatched to another planet. In an ...

Trading firm lost $10 million a minute because of computer glitch

August 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Did you catch the scary swings in the market yesterday? Turns out they were caused by a computer glitch that ended up costing a single trading firm $440 million. The Jersey City-based firm Knights Capital Group just owned up to the epic fail this morning and the firm's shares are ...

A day in the life of a U.S. drone operator

July 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You wouldn't think of suburban New York as a battlefront for the war in Afghanistan, but for the growing number of U.S. drone operators at the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, that's exactly what it is. In today's New York Times, Elisabeth Bumiller interviews the pilots who sit in ...