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Pregnant Suspect Indicted for Mailing Ricin to Obama

July 1, 2013 A pregnant mother and occasional television actress was indicted in federal court on charges of mailing ricin-filled letters to President Obama and other leading public figures, USA Today reported on Friday. Shannon Richardson is charged on three counts that involve threatening the U.S. commander-in-chief and sending two other threatening communications. ...

State Dept. Disputes Need for Senate Approval of Further Nuke Cuts

June 24, 2013 The Obama administration has asserted it would not necessarily have to seek Senate backing of a potential deal with Russia to remove hundreds of nuclear warheads from long-range missiles and aircraft, the New York Times reported last week. President Obama called for new bilateral talks aimed at cutting deployed strategic ...

Obama Directs Military to Prepare Plans for No-Fly Zone in Syria, Officials Say

May 29, 2013 President Obama has directed the Defense Department to draft plans to establish a no-fly-zone in Syria that would be enforced by NATO members, the Daily Beast reported on Tuesday, citing two anonymous U.S. officials. The White House issued the directive prior to last week's visit to the Middle East by ...

Obama Seeks Senate Confirmation for Top Arms Control Post at State

May 10, 2013 President Obama on Thursday asked senators to confirm a key State Department arms control official to a post she has filled on a provisional basis for more than a year. The administration in February 2012 announced it had tapped Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Rose ...

Hagel Presses Air Force for Details on Discipline of Nuclear Missile Staffers

May 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force must provide further details on its recent decision to remove 17 intercontinental ballistic missile control personnel from their positions at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday. The service took steps against 17 missile workers after a March audit indicated ...

Air Force Yanks 17 Officers From Nuclear Missile Launch Posts

May 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Intercontinental ballistic missile control team at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., demonstrated a poor understanding of missile firing procedures during a March audit, prompting the Air Force to pull 17 personnel from their assignments , the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. The incident marked the service's largest removal to ...

Obama Fills Out His Cabinet

April 29, 2013 Billionaire Obama fundraiser Penny Pritzker is the president’s likely pick for Commerce secretary, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx will reportedly be his new Transportation secretary, and White House staffer Michael Froman is expected to be nominated as the new US trade representative. Now they just have to survive the Senate confirmation ...

Pentagon Assigns $380 Million to Controversial Air Defense System

April 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department intends to allocate $380 million in funding provided by a congressional stopgap spending measure to the divisive Medium Extended Air Defense System, The Hill reported on Tuesday. "The appropriated amount, less the sequester reduction, will be the final U.S. contribution to the MEADS program," Defense Secretary Chuck ...

Furlough Solidarity: Officials and Lawmakers Offer Voluntary Pay Cuts

March 1, 2013 A handful of lawmakers and federal executives who are exempt from taking forced, unpaid leave due to sequestration have pledged to stand with the downtrodden and the furloughed. The following is a list of people in government whose pay is unaffected by the automatic, across-the-board cuts, but who have discussed ...

Who will be the next president racing at Nationals baseball games?

January 25, 2013 As Teddy Roosevelt crossed the finish line at that fateful October Nationals game, it not only ended his 525-game losing streak, but it also marked the start of a new era in foam-headed presidential racing. Now that the “Let Teddy Win” campaign is complete, Washington's baseball team has decided to ...