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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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The White House May Be Coming Around to the Senate Iran Deal

April 14, 2015 For weeks, the White House has said it would veto proposed Iran legislation in the Senate. Now, after a crucial bipartisan agreement between the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top members, the administration may be softening its threat. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that President Obama would not...

What's Happening With All These Power Outages in Washington?

April 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Washington is experiencing a new kind of power struggle right now. Just in time for cherry-blossom-and-school-trip season, parts of downtown Washington lost electricity Tuesday afternoon, leading to evacuations of prime tourist spots and probably a dip in workplace productivity. The power outages Tuesday afternoon may be linked to an explosion...

How One Philadelphia Woman Tweeted Her Way to Federal Terrorism-Related Charges

April 3, 2015 In the case of one Philadelphia woman with aspirations to join the Islamic State, retweets do equal endorsements. The Justice Department charged Keonna Thomas, 30, on Friday with "knowingly attempting to provide material support and resources, including herself as personnel, to a designated foreign terrorist organization," the Islamic State. Starting...

Obama on New Iran Agreement: 'It Is a Good Deal'

April 2, 2015 The United States, Iran, and five other nations have reached a framework agreement for a final nuclear deal this summer. Negotiators announced Thursday afternoon that the world powers "have reached solutions on key parameters on a joint comprehensive plan of action." Up next: drafting the deal, which would curb Iran's...

Outline in Hand, Iran-Nuke Negotiators Turn to Details

April 2, 2015 The United States, Iran and five other nations have reached a framework agreement for a final nuclear deal this summer. "We have reached solutions on key parameters on a joint comprehensive plan of action," said European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini during a joint statement in Switzerland Thursday afternoon....

Harry Reid Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2016

March 27, 2015 Sen. Harry Reid announced Friday that he will not seek re-election to the Senate next year. "I want to be able to go out at the top of my game," he told The New York Times in an interview. "I don't want to be a 42-year-old trying to become a...

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...