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Shutdown Pain is Isolated, But Not For Long

October 14, 2013 Barry Anderson remembers. He was deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1995 and 1996, the last time the U.S. government closed its doors. He worked closely with a small cadre of OMB leaders, digging through little-known statutes and Justice Department interpretations to determine who is an...

Analysis: Why Obama's March on Washington Failed

August 30, 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. never had any corporate sponsors. But the program for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington was replete with "appreciation" for AT&T, Exxon Mobil, and Target. The half-century old march was a demand for government action, so politicians were missing from the podium....

Obama's Power To Set Cybersecurity Standards Is Limited

August 28, 2013 As President Obama readies to strike the Syrian regime, it's worth thinking about that other defense problem--cybersecurity--and what it says about Washington in the Obama era. On Wednesday, the capital will be consumed by the March on Washington, as well it ought, and the looming battle with Syria--although not at...

Obama's Free to Bomb Syria, But Limited on Cybersecurity

August 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As President Obama readies to strike the Syrian regime, it's worth thinking about that other defense problem -- cybersecurity -- and what it says about Washington in the Obama era. On Wednesday, the capital will be consumed by the March on Washington, as well it ought, and the looming battle...

Analysis: How Twitter Is Revolutionizing Washington Relationships

August 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Washington knows the power of Twitter. It's where Barack Obama announced his reelection bid and Mitt Romney declared his selection of Paul Ryan. It's used to win campaigns and win over constituents. It helped make Cory Booker a rock star and cost Anthony Weiner his congressional seat. But Twitter has...

The Government's Real Problem With the Bradley Manning Trial

July 31, 2013 Now that a military judge has acquitted Pfc. Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy and convicted him of violating the Espionage Act, civil libertarians are breathing a small sigh of relief. But the Obama administration still has a big problem: how to control the flow of information between government agencies...

The Real Bradley Manning Problem

July 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Now that a military judge has acquitted Pfc. Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy and convicted him of violating the Espionage Act, civil libertarians are breathing a small sigh of relief. But the Obama administration still has a big problem: how to control the flow of information between government agencies...

What Happened to Eric Holder?

June 10, 2013 Nineteen years ago this month, Eric Holder was having a very different spring in Washington. It wasn't cruel or grueling. Conservatives didn't want his scalp and liberals didn't think he was trampling on civil liberties. In 1994, Holder was just into his tenure as the federal prosecutor for Washington, D.C....

Analysis: After the Oklahoma Tornado, Obama Needs to Make FEMA Work

May 21, 2013 In the wake of the tornado which cut through Moore, Okla., on Monday, it's worth remembering, for a moment, how wrong things went after Hurricane Andrew. Over 20 years ago, the Category 5 hurricane struck Florida. It was then the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, and the federal government's botched...

Analysis: Obama Finds His Voice and the Nation's in Boston, 'We Will Run Again'

April 18, 2013 It was a stunning moment as President Obama brought parishioners to their feet at a memorial service for those killed and wounded in the Boston Marathon bombing and vowed “we will run again.” The interfaith service held at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross became an emotional rallying point for...

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