Marina Koren

Marina Koren Marina Koren is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic. She was previously the news editor at National Journal.
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Obama in Louisiana: 'I Don’t Worry Too Much About Politics'

August 23, 2016 President Obama visited Louisiana Tuesday, the site of recent historic flooding that has displaced tens of thousands of people, damaged scores more homes, and is blamed for the death of 17 people. The president arrived in Baton Rouge, the state capital, amid criticism for not cutting short his annual vacation...

Guantanamo's Shrinking Population

August 16, 2016 The United States has released 15 prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay prison and sent them to the United Arab Emirates, marking the largest single transfer of detainees in the Obama presidency. The prisoners, 12 Yemenis and three Afghans, were deemed to no longer pose a security threat to the country...

Milwaukee Leaders Call for Peace Following Weekend Violence

August 14, 2016 Crowds clashed with police in Milwaukee Saturday night, setting fire to buildings, shattering bus shelters, and throwing rocks in protest against a fatal police shooting of a man in the Wisconsin city earlier that day. The standoff lasted several hours, and at least 200 people took to the streets, police...

Zika's Threat to the U.S. Military

August 5, 2016 More than 40 members of the U.S. military have contracted the Zika virus this year in countries where it is present, government officials said; among them a pregnant woman, for whom Zika can be particularly dangerous. The news was first reported by the Military Times Monday. The total count stood...

Obama’s View of ISIS, Two Years Into Air Strikes

August 5, 2016 President Obama frames U.S. military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as key to restricting its ability to inspire homegrown terrorists all over the world. “The strategy we have in Syria and Iraq is necessary, but not sufficient,” he said. “We have to do a better job...

Bill Bratton Makes an Exit From New York City

August 2, 2016 New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton will resign in September after nearly three years on the job, Mayor de Blasio announced Tuesday afternoon. “He is the architect of our neighborhood policing strategy,” de Blasio told reporters at a news conference, with Bratton at this side. Bratton will be replaced...

'Running on Fumes,' Dallas Police Chief Says 'We're All on Edge'

July 11, 2016 The Dallas Police Department will review more than 170 hours of footage from body cameras worn by police at a demonstration against police violence last week where a sniper killed five officers and injured nine more, the department’s chief said Monday. Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a news...

The U.S. Military's Welcome for Transgender Troops

June 30, 2016 The U.S. military will allow transgender people to serve openly in the military for the first time in U.S. history. “This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Thursday. “We’re talking about talented Americans who are serving with...

Ex-Virginia Governor's Conviction Overturned

June 27, 2016 The Supreme Court on Monday overturned the corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell in a unanimous decision. McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, were indicted on federal corruption charges in January 2014, near the end of his gubernatorial term. Prosecutors accused the couple of accepting more...

NASA Is Trying to Figure Out Why its New Inflatable Space House Won't Expand

May 26, 2016 When you’re trying to deploy new technology in outer space that resembles—in the least scientific terms—a bounce house, there’s no room for error. That’s why NASA on Thursday temporarily abandoned its plans to deploy an inflatable module attached to the International Space Station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is...

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