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Marina Koren Marina Koren is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic. She was previously the news editor at National Journal.
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What One Year of Space Travel Does to Bodies of Astronauts

March 1, 2016 Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko have done a lot this past year. In the 340 days they spent on the International Space Station, the American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut orbited Earth 5,440 times, conducted hundreds of experiments, and floated out in space in bulky suits, secured only by a tether,...

When Computers Started Beating Chess Champions

February 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There was a time, not long ago, when computers—mere assemblages of silicon and wire and plastic that can fly planes, drive cars, translate languages, and keep failing hearts beating—could really, truly still surprise us. One such moment came on February 10, 1996, at a convention center in Philadelphia. Two chess...

Obama's Executive Actions on Solitary Confinement in Federal Prisons

January 26, 2016 President Obama has issued executive actions to ban the use of solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in federal prisons across the country. Obama wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that ran in the Tuesday edition of the newspaper that solitary confinement is overused and can lead to dangerous psychological consequences....

What the U.S. East Coast's Massive Snow Storm Looks Like From Space

January 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Updated January 22 at 11:10 a.m. EST That swirling cover of white up there is the first blizzard of 2016, captured by satellite as it barreled across the central United States, toward the East Coast. The “potentially crippling” storm is expected to bring powerful winds and up to two feet...

What Led American Ships Into Iranian Waters?

January 19, 2016 The U.S. military has released its first official account of Iran’s capture and release of 10 American sailors whose vessels entered Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf last week. U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, on Monday provided a timeline of the events, but did not say how the two U.S....

US Touts Diplomacy, Hits Iran with New Sanctions

January 18, 2016 President Obama on Sunday hailed the release of Americans from Iranian custody and the implementation of an historic accord to curb Iran’s nuclear program, pointing to the breakthroughs as products of diplomacy. “The United States has never been afraid to pursue diplomacy. We could advance by engaging directly with the...

Obama's New Year's Resolution on Gun Violence

January 4, 2016 President Obama said Friday that he would meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday “to discuss our options” on executive action for stricter gun regulation. The president said in his weekly radio address that his New Year’s resolution is “to move forward on our unfinished business as much as...

Why a Group of Armed Men Took Over a Federal Wildlife Refuge Building

January 3, 2016 A few days ago, Ammon Bundy wrote a Facebook post urging people to pray for the Hammonds, two Oregon ranchers facing prison time for arson. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1 fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));...

The Heightened Security for New Year’s Eve Around the World

December 31, 2015 As people around the world prepare to ring in the new year, their governments and police forces have increased security measures at celebrations and gatherings or canceled them altogether amid fears of terrorist attacks. The heightened holiday security comes after deadly assaults in Paris and San Bernardino in recent months,...

A Foiled New Year’s Eve Terrorist Plot in Turkey

December 31, 2015 Police in Turkey said Wednesday they had foiled a potential New Year’s Eve attack by suspected Islamic State militants on the country’s capital. The Ankara prosecutor’s office said police detained two men who were believed to be planning suicide attacks in Ankara during New Year celebrations. The men were apprehended...