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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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Osama bin Laden’s Eclectic Collection of Books

May 20, 2015 The US has declassified and released a collection of the documents that Navy SEALs recovered during the 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that ended in the Al Qaeda leader’s death. The declassified letters, books, articles, and technical documents certainly a suggest a man keeping up ...

The Air Force's Secret Space Drone Is Headed Back To Orbit

May 20, 2015 The Air Force is scheduled to conduct its fourth launch of the X-37B spacecraft—a flying robot that looks like a shrunken down version of the Space Shuttle—and we still don’t know exactly what it will do up there in orbit. Built by Boeing, the X-37B has flown just three times. ...

The Secret American Space Drone is Going Back Into Orbit

May 20, 2015 The Air Force is scheduled to conduct its fourth launch of the X-37B spacecraft—a flying robot that looks like a shrunken down version of the Space Shuttle—and we still don’t know exactly what it will do up there in orbit. Built by Boeing, the X-37B has flown just three times. ...

This Is What Bin Laden Was Reading Just Before He Was Killed

May 20, 2015 The U.S. has declassified and released a collection of the documents that Navy SEALs recovered during the 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that ended in the Al Qaeda leader’s death. The declassified letters, books, articles, and technical documents certainly a suggest a man keeping up ...

Secret US Military Space Drone Heads Back to Orbit

May 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force is scheduled to conduct its fourth launch of the X-37B spacecraft—a flying robot that looks like a shrunken down version of the Space Shuttle—and we still don’t know exactly what it will do up there in orbit. Built by Boeing, the X-37B has flown just three times. ...

White House Announces Changes to Military Surplus Program for Local Law Enforcement

May 18, 2015 The White House has announced that federal programs to pass certain surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies will come to an end. The programs have garnered attention as public concern has grown about the blurred lines between policing and military operations, especially as relations between law enforcement officers ...

Obama Scales Back Military Equipment Sharing for Cops

May 18, 2015 The White House has announced that federal programs to pass certain surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies will come to an end. The programs have garnered attention as public concern has grown about the blurred lines between policing and military operations, especially as relations between law enforcement officers ...

Obama Will No Longer Give Police Bayonets and Grenade Launchers

May 18, 2015 The White House has announced that federal programs to pass certain surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies will come to an end. The programs have garnered attention as public concern has grown about the blurred lines between policing and military operations, especially as relations between law enforcement officers ...

SpaceX’s Mission Today Tested if it Can Protect Astronauts on its Spaceship

May 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Astronauts frequently compare riding a rocket to sitting on top of a bomb. Given how badly things can go wrong with the kind of controlled explosion needed to break free of gravity, it’s easy to sympathize with their point of view, especially when everyone else watching the launch is at ...

Jeff Bezos Has a Rocket Now, too

April 30, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Blue Origin, the space company created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, had its first successful test flight yesterday. Its launch vehicle, the New Shepard, powered by a BE-3 engine, reached an altitude of 307,000 feet, where the space capsule separated to float gently back down to earth. The only failure ...