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Marina Koren

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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How the U.S. Power Grid Is Like a Big Pile of Sand

April 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last month, The Wall Street Journal gave us quite a scare. "The U.S. could suffer a coast-to-coast blackout if saboteurs knocked out just nine of the country's 55,000 electric-transmission substations on a scorching summer day," Rebecca Smith wrote. It's no secret that North America's three massive power grids, the interconnected...

The Hidden Human Cost Of Post-9/11 Wars

April 2, 2014 There are 5.5. million people taking care of veterans across the United States. They bathe and feed them, schedule their medical appointments, manage their finances, and watch after their children. They help war-weary soldiers become a part of civilian life again. Almost 20 percent of them, or 1.1. million, are...

At Least Russia and the U.S. Still Get Along in Outer Space

March 26, 2014 On Tuesday night, a trio of astronauts launched into space, headed for the International Space Station. Two are Russian, one is American. Their six-hour shared journey to the orbital laboratory was the near opposite of the one that their home nations are taking here on Earth. As the astronauts got...

Led by McCain, Bipartisan Group of Senators Head to Ukraine

March 14, 2014 The strong hopes for bipartisan agreement on big issues that kicked off the start of the year is slowly fading for this Congress, one of the most polarized in history. But nothing unites lawmakers like a common enemy, and they've finally found one: Russia. Eight senators from both parties are...

The Naval Base at the Heart of Putin’s Fight for Crimea

March 6, 2014 The United States doesn't deny that some Russian interests in Ukraine are "legitimate." But what exactly are they? In Crimea, it's not the protection of ethnic Russians, which Russian President Vladimir Putin says is his top priority. It's the protection of a naval base, situated at the southwest tip of...

Five Years After Obama Vowed to Shut It Down, Guantanamo Bay Remains Open

January 22, 2014 On this day in 2009, President Obama issued an executive order that called for the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to be closed within a year. A month later, in his first State of the Union address, the president told Americans he had ordered the closure of the controversial camp in...

NSA Reforms: What Will Change and What Won't

January 21, 2014 Depending on whom you ask, President Obama's big-ticket changes to the way the government's spy agencies use bulk telephone data, revealed during a Friday speech, pave the way toward serious reform or are merely attempts at window dressing. Obama, who stepped into his presidency with a "healthy skepticism" toward federal...

NSA Reforms: What Will Change, And What Won't

January 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Depending on who you ask, President Obama's big-ticket changes to the way the government's spy agencies use bulk telephone data, revealed during a Friday speech, pave the way toward serious reform or are merely attempts at window dressing. Obama, who stepped into his presidency with a "healthy skepticism" toward federal...

We Now Know Whom to Blame for Benghazi

January 15, 2014 The enduring question of blame surrounding the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans in 2012 has finally been answered, at least according to a Senate Intelligence Committee report released Wednesday. The report found that the State Department failed to increase security at the U.S. diplomatic compound, despite...

NASA's Budget Woes Eclipse Plans for Another Moon Walk in 2020

January 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Americans have not set foot on the moon's surface since 1972. During his presidency, George W. Bush wanted to change that. "We do not know where this journey will end, yet we know this: Human beings are headed into the cosmos," Bush said during a speech at NASA headquarters on...