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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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Why a US Army Vet Cast a Muslim-American Woman to Lead His Afghan War Movie

February 15, 2016 More than one Academy Award-winner has been accused of demonizing Muslims, but “Day One,” the Oscar-nominated short film set against the US war in Afghanistan, makes a Muslim-American woman its hero. Writer and director Henry Hughes served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade (paywall) for five years, including two deployments in...

Three Private Firms Just Landed Huge NASA Contracts to Haul Cargo to Space

January 15, 2016 NASA picked three companies today (Jan. 14) to operate an orbital mule train, hauling supplies and experiments to and from the International Space Station from 2017 through 2024, the end of the laboratory’sexpected lifespan. The three companies are OrbitalATK and SpaceX, which currently hold contracts bringing cargo to the space...

Massive Voter Database Left Unsecured

December 30, 2015 An un­se­cured data­base con­tain­ing in­form­a­tion on more than 190 mil­lion U.S. voters has been float­ing around the in­ter­net, and nobody seems to know how it got there. That’s a troub­ling sign as polit­ic­al cam­paigns be­come in­creas­ingly de­pend­ent on col­lect­ing, ana­lyz­ing, and util­iz­ing per­son­al voter in­form­a­tion. In­ter­net re­search­er Chris Vick­ery found...

Who Left a Gigantic US Voter Database Sitting Naked on the Internet?

December 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An unsecured database containing information on more than 190 million U.S. voters has been floating around the Internet, and nobody seems to know how it got there. That’s a troubling sign as political campaigns become increasingly dependent on collecting, analyzing, and utilizing personal voter information. Internet researcher Chris Vickery found...

Hillary Clinton is America’s Most-admired Woman for a Record 20th Year

December 29, 2015 For the 14th consecutive year and the 20th year overall, Hillary Clinton is the woman whom Americans are likely to say they admire most—a record for anyone, male or female, in the the open-ended poll conducted by Gallup annually since 1948. The most admired man in 2015 is Clinton’s erstwhile...

25% of Trump’s Political Spending Goes to His Own Companies

December 29, 2015 “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it,” Donald Trump told Fortune in 2000, during his first abortive run for president. He was referring to a $1 million motivational speaking deal he got from Tony Robbins that he timed to...

Clinton Has a Plan to Cure Alzheimer’s

December 23, 2015 Millions of Americans are celebrating Christmas or using the holiday period to visit family, and will be forced to confront reality: Their relatives are getting old, and someone has to take care of them. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is carefully prepared to capitalize on those holiday anxieties, rolling out a plan...

The Latest SpaceX Launch Could be Make or Break for Elon Musk

December 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The latest SpaceX rocket is sitting on a launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying 11 Orbcomm communications satellites—and a lot of Elon Musk’s biggest aspirations. Lift-off is expected just after 8:30 p.m. EST. You can watch a live video of it here or at SpaceX’s website. Tonight’s launch may...

Bernie Sanders Has His Own Computer Scandal: A Data Breach Exposed Hillary’s Secret Info

December 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For thirty minutes on Wednesday (Dec. 16), a few staffers working on Bernie Sanders’ campaign accidentally stumbled onto a presidential campaign cheat code: A software glitch revealed information about people Hillary Clinton’s team expects to vote in the presidential primaries, and which candidate they are expected to support. The consequences...

GOP Hopefuls Touted Big Government As a Cure For Terror Fears

December 16, 2015 The Republican presidential candidates debating on CNN Tuesday fit right in with the trailer for Michael Bay’s Benghazi techno-thriller that all too briefly interrupted their squabbles: They were stoked for big, explosive government to take over and blow voters’ fears away. Following the San Bernardino attacks, the candidates were happy...