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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 ...

Report: Military realignment to emphasize drones and special forces

January 26, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will outline on Thursday elements of the Pentagon's $525 billion fiscal 2013 budget, including a plan to "expand its global network of drones and special-operations bases" even as it cuts back on conventional forces, The Wall Street Journal reports. The proposed budget will include the first ...

Hackers claim responsibility for (temporarily) felling CBS.com, after attacking Justice site

January 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of hackers temporarily wiped clean CBS.com, in what seemed to be further retaliation for the government shutdown last week of file-sharing site Megaupload.com. Several Twitter accounts linked to Anonymous, a loosely organized collective of hackers, posted messages claiming responsibility for the hack, some of them mentioning "#OpMegaUpload," shorthand ...

FCC names new senior staffers

January 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the staff changes Thursday in a release.Danny Johnston, AP file photo Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski named Zachary Katz as chief of staff on Thursday, to succeed Eddie Lazarus who leaves at the end of January. Genachowski also named a new chief ...