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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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Spotify May Have Lost Music's Biggest Star, But It Gained the President

August 14, 2015 What is President Obama listening to while vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard this week? Otis Redding, Justin Timberlake and a little bit of salsa, according to the #POTUSPlaylist, released Friday on Spotify, the music-streaming service. The list, divided into daytime and nighttime playlists, includes 40 of Obama’s “favorite songs for the...

Jimmy Carter Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

August 13, 2015 Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that he has cancer. “Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,” he wrote in a statement posted on the Carter Center’s website. Carter, who is 90, had surgery to remove a “small mass” from...

After the Toxic Spill, Colorado's Animas River Was Orange for Days

August 12, 2015 It looked Photoshopped, but it was definitely real: A river in Colorado flowed orange. Last week, a cleanup crew from the Environmental Protection Agency working along the Animas River in southwestern Colorado accidentally broke through a dam, causing a nearby abandoned mine to spew 3 million gallons of wastewater into...

Here Are The Most Interesting Things We Learned About Pluto This Week From NASA

July 16, 2015 In 2006, several months after New Horizons launched into space, Pluto stopped being a planet. That was according to the world's top astronomers, who said the celestial body failed to meet one of the requirements of being classified as a planet: having enough mass to clear its orbit of other...

Jim Webb Announces He is Running for President

July 2, 2015 The total number of Democratic presidential candidates just grew to five: Jim Webb is in. "After many months of thought, deliberation, and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the Presidency of the United States," wrote the former senator from Virginia at the start of an email to...

No Shooting at Washington Navy Yard, Officials Say

July 2, 2015 After being on lockdown for hours, the U.S. Navy confirmed that no shooting took place Thursday morning at the Washington Navy Yard, after reports of an incident there. In a press conference late Thursday morning, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said that a Navy Yard employee reported at approximately 7:29 a.m....

At Press Conference, Obama Reflects on His 'Best Week'

June 30, 2015 Was last week President Obama's best week ever? That's the crux of a question the president took on on Tuesday at a joint press conference with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. His answer started out a little cheesy. "My best week, I will tell you, was marrying Michelle," the president said....

Scalia on Obamacare: 'We Should Start Calling This Law SCOTUScare'

June 25, 2015 In a landmark 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies in every state. The decision in the King v. Burwell case is a win for the White House. For Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the dissenting opinion, the majority opinion, which was authored...

Putin Bad, GOP Candidates Agree

June 17, 2015 He's someone who John McCain says rules "by corruption, repression, and violence." He's someone Joe Biden says has no soul. He's sometimes flamboyantly shirtless. And for Republican presidential candidates, he's someone who can pull the primary field toward a sense of nationalism found in the corners of the Far Right,...

John Boehner on NSA: The Senate Must Act, But 'We’ll Certainly Look at What They Do'

May 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow John Boehner is taking a wait-and-see approach on the domestic-surveillance legislation that has derailed the Senate's Memorial Day weekend plans, and he's not closing the door on a possible "clean" renewal of the Patriot Act. Key provisions of the Patriot Act that the National Security Agency uses to justify its...