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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...

DARPA Kills Program That Would Have Launched Satellites with Fighter Jets

December 1, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. military research lab that funds some of the most important (and terrifying) scientific work out there is scrapping a program that would have launched satellites with fighter jets, after the next-generation rocket fuel involved turned out to be a little too explosive. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects...

The US Military Just Ditched Plans to Launch Satellites with F-15s

November 30, 2015 The US military research lab that funds some of the most important (and terrifying) scientific work out there is scrapping a program that would have launched satellites with fighter jets, after the next-generation rocket fuel involved turned out to be a little too explosive. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects...

Congress Has Passed the First American Space Law for Asteroid Mining

November 11, 2015 For aspiring asteroid miners—there are more than you think—the challenges of extracting metals from the inner solar system go beyond the fuss of getting prospecting platforms into space. There areimportant legal considerations, too. Existing space laws were written for governments, since at the time of their writing, governments were the...

The Pentagon's Afghan 'Slush Fund' Will Now Have to Answer to Angry Lawmakers

November 11, 2015 The Department of Defense has refused to answer questions about hundreds of millions of dollars spent by a controversial task force focused on economic redevelopment in US war zones. Now, an exasperated US senator has given the department 48 hours to turn over its files. The Task Force for Business...

The Defense Department's Afghan Slush Fund Will Answer to Angry Lawmakers Soon

November 11, 2015 The Department of Defense has refused to answer questions about hundreds of millions of dollars spent by a controversial task force focused on economic redevelopment in US war zones. Now, an exasperated US senator has given the department 48 hours to turn over its files. The Task Force for Business...

Troops' Privacy at Center of $43M Gas Station Tussle Between Pentagon, Watchdog

November 3, 2015 In 2011, the US built a $43 million natural gas filling station in Afghanistan, which government auditors figure is about $42.5 million more than it should have cost—before you take into account that very few Afghan cars appear to run on compressed natural gas. But if that is absurd, consider...

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