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Trump Ordered an Intelligence Report to Justify His Travel Ban. This is What He Got.

February 27, 2017 The Department of Homeland Security has concluded that citizenship is an “unlikely indicator” of whether an individual poses a terror threat to the US, according to a draft report obtained by the Associated Press. US president Donald Trump had ordered an intelligence report to justify his embattled travel ban on...

Jimmy Carter Has a Few Suggestions For the Next President

June 16, 2016 In the closing session of the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Atlanta on June 14, former US presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter sat together on stage. Carter outlined his post-presidency activities, most notably the creation of the Carter Center and the many aid and research projects he’s conducted...

The Military May Begin Paying for Service Members to Freeze Their Eggs and Sperm

February 4, 2016 The US military is one of the world’s largest employers, and now it wants to be known as a family-friendly one. Last week defense secretary Ashton Carter announced a slew of new benefits for service members across the military’s branches, including 12 weeks of paid maternity leave and increased child...

NASA is Now Giving Behind-the-Scenes Tours to a Few Social Media Superfans

February 1, 2016 What the US government’s space agency lacks in funding, it makes up for in buzz. NASA has made itself “the darling of the Internet” through humble-yet-shrewd use of more than 500 official social media accounts. Now NASA is rewarding—and leveraging—its millions of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram followers by hosting exclusive...

Trump: 'I Will Do More for Women Than Hillary Clinton'

January 4, 2016 According to Donald Trump, the only advantage his political opponent Hillary Clinton has is “the woman card.” In an interview broadcast on CBS yesterday (Jan. 3), Trump accused the former first lady and current frontrunner for the 2016 US Democratic presidential nomination of “constantly playing the woman card.” “It’s the...

Ben Carson Admits He Lied About Getting Into West Point on a Full Scholarship

November 6, 2015 Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and current Republican presidential frontrunner, fabricated a significant anecdote in his memoir “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story”—and has repeatedly maintained the lie, Politico reported. Carson told the tale that after meeting a decorated US general in 1969, when he was a 17-year-old high school...

Starting in 2016, Women Can Be Navy SEALs

September 28, 2015 As their January 1, 2016 mandate to open all combat positions to women approaches, different branches of the US military have to decide whether to wholly comply or ask for exemptions for certain positions. According to an internal memo obtained by the Associated Press, the commander of the Navy’s special...

The Marines Tested Totally Male Squads Against Mixed-Gender One

September 11, 2015 In 2013, the US military lifted its ban on women serving in combat. Shortly after, the Marine Corps began what it calls an “unprecedented research effort” to understand the impact of gender integration on its combat forces. That took the form of a year-long experiment called the Ground Combat Element...

Obama Might Head Back to Columbia University in 2017 — Maybe As a Professor

September 1, 2015 With a little more than a year left in office, Barack Obama may be closing in on his post-presidency plans. An announcement yesterday (Aug. 31) by Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger sent rumors about those plans flying. With previous rumors already suggesting that Obama was considering a move to...

The Coast Guard Busted a Submarine Full of 16,000 Pounds of Cocaine

August 7, 2015 The U.S. Coast Guard says it seized $181 million worth of cocaine in a high seas drug bust on July 18, after a Navy pilot spotted a 40-foot-long, blue semi-submersible 200 miles off the coast of Mexico. Such vessels, nicknamed narco-submarines, have become increasingly popular for drug trafficking in the...