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Fort Hood Shooting May Have Been Over Leave Paperwork

April 7, 2014 Wednesday's mass shooting at Fort Hood, in which Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three soldiers and wounded 16 more before turning the gun on himself, may have been caused by an argument over leave forms. A New York Times article quotes an anonymous "law enforcement official" who said Lopez requested leave ...

Safety Agency Decided Not to Investigate Faulty Ignition Switches That Killed 13 People

March 31, 2014 General Motors is sure to bear the burnt of the responsibility for the faulty ignition switches that killed 13 people and led to the long-delayed recall of millions of vehicles, but it turns out that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration failed us, too. According to a House memo in ...

The Secret Service Partied Too Much in Amsterdam

March 26, 2014 That nonstop party that is the people entrusted with protecting the life of our nation's president raged on in Amsterdam last weekend. Three Secret Service agents were sent back to the United States and put on administrative leave after a night of drinking, the Washington Post reports. The agents were ...

After Tweeters Allege Government Corruption, Turkey Bans Twitter

March 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have made good on his vow to wipe out Twitter in his country, as Turkish tweeters are reporting that they are unable to access the service. Audio recordings that appear to be of Erdogan involved in government corruption were posted on Twitter ...

Navy Destroyer Will Stop Looking for Flight 370

March 18, 2014 Navy destroyer USS Kidd will stop looking for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370and return to its normal duties, according to the AP. The ship spent the last seven days looking for the plane, most recently in the Indian Ocean. The Navy decided that, with the search area broadened significantly, long-range ...

Government Accuses Sprint of Overcharging for Court-Ordered Wiretaps

March 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As we all now know so well, the government loves to know what's going on with our phone calls. To make sure it can tap any phone at any time, it requires phone companies to keep lines at the ready. This all costs money. Some of those expenses can be ...

Most Lawmakers Who Promised To Donate or Withhold Their Salaries Actually Did it

February 28, 2014 Our legislative branch may have failed at keeping the government open last year, but it turns out that most of the senators and representatives who promised to withhold or give their shutdown salaries back did just that. According to the Washington Post's research, of the 237 (or 244 -- the ...

Obama's Changes to Phone Metadata Collection Gets Nod From Secret Intelligence Court

February 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court announced today that it has approved President Obama's request to change to the NSA's section 215 metadata collection program. Obama did not choose to end the controversial metadata collection program outright -- as his own review panel suggested -- but rather to employ a few ...

Google's Mystery Barge Got in Trouble

February 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow San Francisco's war against Google continued today with the news that the company's weird "mystery" barge, a four-story floating "interactive space" docked off the city's Treasure Island, will have to set sail. The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission ruled that the barge's construction was never authorized. Apparently in ...

Navy Official Could Be New NSA Chief

January 28, 2014 The AP reported today that the next chief of everyone's favorite eavesdroppers, the NSA, will be Mike Rogers. No, not the Mike Rogers who chairs the House Intelligence Committee and thinks Edward Snowden is a Russian spy. This Mike Rogers is a vice admiral in the Navy. The story cited ...