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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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Obama Speaks on Changes to 'Rigid' Cuba Policy

December 17, 2014 In what President Obama is calling "one of the most significant changes in our policy in more than 50 years," the White House announced Wednesday that it would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. "Neither the American nor Cuban people are well served by a rigid policy that's rooted in events ...

This Is How Much the U.S. Has Accomplished in Ebola Preparedness in Only Two Months

December 2, 2014 There are no reported Ebola cases in the United States right now. But should one emerge, the country is more than prepared to handle it. The White House released on Tuesday a comprehensive review of how the domestic and international response to the deadly virus both has changed in the ...

Obama Says He Will Walk John Boehner's Nonexistent Dog

November 24, 2014 The president has been offering to wash his detractors' cars and walk their dogs for more than two years. President Obama, in trying to push for compromise on immigration legislation with Republicans, included a favorite joke during a speech on Friday at a Las Vegas high school, where he first ...

Who Will Pay Ebola Patients' Medical Bills in the U.S.?

November 24, 2014 The arrival of Ebola in the United States this year led to an unprecedented medical response involving experimental drugs, round-the-clock care, and layers upon layers of protective gear. And none of it has been cheap. Nine people have been treated for the virus in the U.S. since August. Seven recovered. ...

ISIS Beheads Another American Hostage

November 16, 2014 The Islamic State claims in a new video to have beheaded an American hostage in Syria, the Associated Press reported Sunday morning. Abdul-Rahman Kassig, previously known as Peter, had traveled to the country on a humanitarian mission. He was captured by the terrorist group in October 2013. Kassig, a former ...

Obama Will Reportedly Nominate Loretta Lynch to Replace Eric Holder as Attorney General

November 7, 2014 President Obama is expected to appoint Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general, CNN reported Friday morning. She would succeed Eric Holder, who announced in September he would step down once a successor is confirmed. If confirmed, Lynch would be the first female African-American attorney general. The White House would ...

Obama on the Midterms: 'Obviously Republicans Had a Good Night'

November 5, 2014 President Obama recognized the obvious on Wednesday afternoon. "Obviously, Republicans had a good night," he said, speaking from the East Room. "There's no doubt Republicans had a good night." Obama congratulated the GOP, which gained control of the Senate and a bigger majority in the House. Then he turned his ...

28 Counties the Justice Department Is Monitoring for Voting Rights Violations

November 4, 2014 This Election Day marks the first major federal election since the Supreme Court overturned key provisions of the Voting Rights Act last summer, giving some states the power to regulate elections without federal oversight. The feds, however, are not stepping back from the ballot box entirely. The Justice Department has ...

The 28 Counties the Justice Department Is Monitoring for Voting Rights Violations

November 4, 2014 This Election Day marks the first major federal election since the Supreme Court overturned key provisions of the Voting Rights Act last summer, giving some states the power to regulate elections without federal oversight. The feds, however, are not stepping back from the ballot box entirely. The Justice Department has ...

What’s Chris Christie Doing in the Middle of the Ebola Crisis?

October 27, 2014 The latest case of Ebola in the United States is in New York City. So why does Chris Christie want to quarantine people in New Jersey? There are a few practical reasons. For the New Jersey governor's constituents, New York City is just one short car, train or ferry ride ...