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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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Why There Won't Be an Ebola Outbreak in the United States

October 1, 2014 Remember Outbreak? Good. Now forget about it, because, contrary to popular—and panicky—belief, what happened inthe 1995 disaster film won't happen in the United States now that the nation has its first-ever case of the Ebola virus. The infected patient, who has not been identified, is being treated at a Dallas ...

Here’s What the Secret Service Has to Say for Itself About White House Security

September 30, 2014 When Julia Pierson took over at the Secret Service last spring, things were going to change. The agents of the elite agency tasked with protecting the president of the United States would no longer drunkenly argue with prostitutes in hotel rooms during international summits. The Secret Service's male-dominated culture would ...

Al-Qaida-Affiliated Group Was in 'Final Stages' of Planning Attacks Against the West

September 23, 2014 The U.S. launched eight airstrikes Monday night against a little-known, al-Qaida-affiliated militant group in Syria. The United States Central Command said Tuesday morning that American forces hit the Khorasan Group near Aleppo to stop "imminent attack-planning against the United States and Western interests." At a Pentagon press briefing shortly after, ...

The Khorasan Group Was Planning an ‘Imminent Attack’ on the West

September 23, 2014 The U.S. launched eight airstrikes Monday night against a little-known, al-Qaida-affiliated militant group in Syria. The United States Central Command said Tuesday morning that American forces hit the Khorasan Group near Aleppo to stop "imminent attack-planning against the United States and Western interests." At a Pentagon press briefing shortly after, ...

Ukrainian President Asks Congress for Lethal Aid To Confront Russia

September 18, 2014 When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday morning, he wasn't just talking to the lawmakers gathered in the room. He was sending a message to Moscow. For years, Russia has tried to keep Ukraine and other former Soviet republics under its sphere of influence—and ...

GOP Fears That ISIL Fighters Are Entering US Through Mexico Border

September 17, 2014 Last week, President Obama said that U.S. intelligence agencies have not detected any plots by Islamic State militants to stage an attack on U.S. soil. But some Republicans are worried that members of the terrorist group could still be headed this way—and they might cross into the country through the ...

Impending Solar Storm Could Cause Tech, Power Grid Disruptions

September 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A solar storm is currently heading toward Earth, and could cause some fluctuations in the U.S. power grid, slight disturbances to GPS satellites and radio transmissions, and rare glimpses of the Northern Lights for some parts of the country. A powerful solar flare erupted from the middle of the sun ...

Russia Steps Up Its Militarization of the North Pole

September 12, 2014 Every autumn for the last seven years, the United States, Canada, and Russia have conducted a military exercise together at the North Pole, near Alaska. During the mock scenario, fighter jets from all three countries intercept a "hijacked" commercial plane passing from Russian to American airspace. The training won't take ...

Russia's Militarization of the North Pole Has U.S. Lawmakers on Edge

September 12, 2014 Every autumn for the last seven years, the United States, Canada, and Russia have conducted a military exercise together at the North Pole, near Alaska. During the mock scenario, fighter jets from all three countries intercept a "hijacked" commercial plane passing from Russian to American airspace. The training won't take ...

29 States That Shame Their Bad Taxpayers on the Internet

September 9, 2014 The Internet can be a great place. Unless you're a chronic tax evader in Vermont. At the end of this year, the Green Mountain State will begin publishing lists of its most delinquent taxpayers to shame them into coughing up money owed—specifically, the 100 people and 100 businesses with the ...