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There Are 5,000 Tunnels Under North Korea, and U.S. Soldiers Are Training To Fight In Them

January 9, 2018 Tensions are rising between the U.S. and North Korea, and the U.S. military is preparing. That means learning to deal with a unique tactical advantage that North Korea has within its borders: tunnels. “The North Koreans are like mole people,” Dave Maxwell, a former Army colonel who fought in the...

How Donald Trump Spends His Three Hours of 'Executive Time' Each Morning

January 8, 2018 The morning routines of the most powerful and accomplished people are commonly scrutinized and emulated in the hope of replicating their productivity. For those who struggle to get started in the morning, studying their schedules tends to generate shame. So it is particularly refreshing to learn that the world’s most...

Will Trump Still Be Allowed to Use His Personal Phone in the West Wing?

January 5, 2018 As anticipated toward the end of 2017, West Wing personnel won’t be allowed to use their personal phones while on site anymore. Just one day after revelations from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury brought halting leaks to the press back on Donald Trump’s list of priorities (not that it had...

Sessions Has Argued Even Presidents Should Pay for Obstructing Justice

December 4, 2017 Donald Trump’s lawyer John Dowd isn’t concerned about accusations that the U.S. president might have tried to interfere with FBI’s Russia probe. Dowd told Axios that the “president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express...

More Than 200 US Diplomats, Civil Servants and Servicewomen Say They’ve Been Harassed at Work

November 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just days after revelations of sexual harassment within the ranks of the US Congress, American women working in national security are speaking out, too. An open letter titled #metoonatsec accuses their industry of systemic discrimination and harassment. The letter was signed by 223 women, including 60 current and former ambassadors....

More Than 200 U.S. Diplomats, Civil Servants and Servicewomen Say They’ve Been Harassed At Work

November 29, 2017 Just days after revelations of sexual harassment within the ranks of the US Congress, American women working in national security are speaking out, too. An open letter titled #metoonatsec accuses their industry of systemic discrimination and harassment. The letter was signed by 223 women, including 60 current and former ambassadors....

Hurricane Harvey’s Costs “May Blow Katrina Out of the Water,” According to the Government’s Lead Expert

September 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the rain continues to fall in Texas and Louisiana, analysts are scrambling to work out how much the damage done by Hurricane Harvey will cost. The US government won’t be releasing an exact estimate for a month but its lead expert says it looks like it will easily pass...

Harvey's Costs 'May Blow Katrina Out of the Water'

August 31, 2017 While the rain continues to fall in Texas and Louisiana, analysts are scrambling to work out how much the damage done by Hurricane Harvey will cost. The U.S. government won’t be releasing an exact estimate for a month but its lead expert says it looks like it will easily pass...

Where in the World the U.S. Still Has a Military Presence

August 23, 2017 In a speech delivered Monday in Fort Meyer, Virginia, Donald Trump confirmed what was expected: he is walking back opposition to military involvement in Afghanistan, and instead sending more troops to a war that’s already cost the US some $800 billion and over 2,400 troops’ lives. After Obama failed to...

The US Military Indeed Spends A Lot on Viagra—Because it Helps Veterans With PTSD

July 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When president Donald Trump announced his intention of banning transgender people from serving in the US military, he blamed “the tremendous medical costs [..] that transgender in the military would entail.” Many noted that in fact those costs were tiny: On its existing transgender personnel the military spends $8.4 million...