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Marina Koren

Marina Koren Marina Koren is a staff correspondent at National Journal. Before joining, she covered science and history and managed social media for Smithsonian magazine. Her writing has previously appeared in Psychology Today, Popular Mechanics and The News Journal, Delaware's main daily newspaper. Marina graduated from the University of Delaware with degrees in English and psychology. She served as editor-in-chief of the independent student newspaper, The Review. Marina is from Verona, N.J.
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The Glowing Optimism of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

March 25, 2015 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani came to Washington this week to ask President Obama to slow the pace of withdrawal of U.S. troops in his country. Now, with Obama on board, Ghani delivered a long thank-you note to Congress—and a promise to not "saddle" the U.S. with Afghanistan's baggage. "The people ...

White House To Delay Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

March 24, 2015 The Obama administration changed course on its Afghanistan withdrawal plan on Tuesday, saying that it would keep the 9,800 U.S. troops—half of which it planned to remove in coming months—stationed there through 2015. President Obama had pledged to reduce the number of remaining troops this year, and remove nearly all ...

Ted Cruz Tells NASA to Stop Worrying About Climate Change and Focus on Space

March 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ted Cruz and Charles Bolden would probably agree that the core of the Earth is a mass of molten metal as hot as the sun. But as for the core of NASA's mission, the senator from Texas and the former astronaut split ways. Since taking the chairmanship of the Senate ...

Ted Cruz: NASA Needs to Stop Worrying About Climate Change, Focus on Space

March 12, 2015 Ted Cruz and Charles Bolden would probably agree that the core of the Earth is a mass of molten metal as hot as the sun. But as for the core of NASA's mission, the senator from Texas and the former astronaut split ways. Since taking the chairmanship of the Senate ...

Hillary Clinton, Taking Questions About Her Email, Says She 'Opted for Convenience'

March 10, 2015 Hillary Clinton gave the public more than a tweet about her email controversy on Tuesday. She gave them an explanation. "When I got to work as secretary of State, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it ...

Bob Menendez Pressures White House on Ukraine as Charges Loom

March 10, 2015 Potential federal corruption charges aren't stopping the administration's biggest Democratic foreign policy critic in Congress from speaking his mind about the president's reaction to Russian aggression in Ukraine. "If you violate and upend the international order, there will be consequences. And we have to mean it when we say it," ...

White House Press Secretary Said 'Personal Email' More Than 40 Times in Two Days

March 6, 2015 The biggest storm in Washington this week had nothing to do with snow, and everything to do with the flurry of questions the White House received about Hillary Clinton's email use during her tenure at the State Department. In a span of two days of Clinton-heavy press briefings, White House ...

Here's What Netanyahu Told Congress

March 3, 2015 Benjamin Netanyahu knows what everyone in Washington was thinking this morning. "I know that my speech has been the subject of much controversy," the Israeli prime minister said during an address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. "I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. ...

Netanyahu Speaks Nice to White House Ahead of Congressional Visit

March 2, 2015 Benjamin Netanyahu began a much-hyped speech on Monday with a couple of shout-outs. "Anyone here from California?" the Israeli prime minister said to the audience "Florida? New York? There are the easy ones. How about Colorado?" The Israeli prime minister was speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's policy ...

Boehner: Blame Democrats If Homeland Security Shuts Down

February 12, 2015 A day ago, John Boehner used colorful language to tell Senate Democrats to approve a House-passed bill to fund the Homeland Security Department. "The House has done its job," the House speaker told reporters Wednesday. "I want you to ask the Senate Democrats when they're gonna get off their ass ...