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What the US Should Do About ISIS Now

June 15, 2015 The past few years have seen the official conclusions of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the United States had no time to breathe a collective sigh of relief before the rapid advances of ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) were presenting us with another political,...

2015’s Policy Battles: Obamacare, Net Neutrality, Keystone, and Surveillance Reform

December 29, 2014 The status quo has shifted, but has it shifted enough to break the gridlock that has gripped Washington for the past four years? Those bullish on "grand bargains" and "comprehensive reforms" see pieces in place. With Mitch McConnell replacing Harry Reid at the helm of the Senate, the "House passes...

Year in Review: Obama Holds End of 2014 News Conference

December 19, 2014 Last year, President Obama's end of year press conference began with a sharp question: "Was this the worst year of your presidency?" One year later, at his presser before departing for Hawaii, Obama shouldn't have expected much better. It's been a taxing political year for the president. His party lost...

The Government Has Shut Down

October 1, 2013 The federal government has shut down. Despite a month of debate and a week of frantic legislative maneuvering, Congress was unable to bridge its fundamental schism: Senate Democrats pledged not to pass any budget bill that cut into Obamacare, and Republicans promised they would reject any bill that didn’t. Neither...

Feds Make List of Most Influential Washington Women Under 35

July 12, 2013 Thousands of young women flock to Washington each year, armed with degrees in fields as diverse as political science, communications, public policy, and economics. Mostly, they come for jobs, fueled by energy and even idealism. Sometimes it takes a while for their efforts to have an impact. But not always....

Senator suggests Benghazi coverup

November 26, 2012 Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., suggested on Sunday that the administration covered up information about the terrorist attack in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11. “I think there are three questions that have to be answered,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. “Why weren't the warnings...

Tweets peaked Tuesday as Michelle recounted Obama's concern

September 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Michelle Obama drove the conversation surrounding the Democratic convention on Tuesday night, according to tweets-per-minute data supplied by Twitter. The microblogging company noted three significant spikes last night, all of them as Michelle Obama touted her husband's desire to help others. The first came at 10:53 p.m., with 18,669 tweets...

Commerce rejects Internet-management bids

March 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Commerce Department has rejected bids to manage the Internet's address and domain systems, instead extending the contract for six months and saying it would try again. It's not clear whether the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, had submitted a bid. The group, which was...

Video: Animal-like robots could change the way the military works

March 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The military is developing robots, patterned after wild animals, that could help explosive-ordinance disposal teams get rid of dangerous arms more safely. The video below from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency shows the "Cheetah" robot galloping at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour, setting a new land-speed...

Hackers say they took down CIA site

February 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hackers said they took down the CIA website on Friday, Mashable reported. Mashable said the hacker's group Anonymous claimed responsibility for taking down the site, which did seem to be out of order. "CIA TANGO DOWN: cia.gov," reads a tweet from an Anonymous-affiliated account. The group is only loosely affiliated...