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President Obama Dedicates the 9/11 Museum to the Man in the Red Bandanna

May 15, 2014 In the footprint of Ground Zero, the site of the tragedy that killed more than 2,000 people, President Obama and New York political leaders gathered to remind us that the emotional weight of Sept. 11, 2001, still hasn't lifted. They, along with hundreds of people, were gathered to dedicate the...

Why the U.S. Government Is Extra Worried About the Huge Internet Explorer Bug

April 28, 2014 Over the weekend, Microsoft announced a huge security flaw in its Internet Explorer Web browser (in versions IE6 through IE11). "An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user," Microsoft wrote in its advisory. In response, the Homeland Security Department issued its...

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The Future of Powdered Alcohol Rests With ... the Treasury Department?

April 23, 2014 Fellow humans: We are on the verge of a game change. Alcohol, in the near future, may be available in powdered form. Like Gatorade and iced tea before it, booze will not be limited to bulky, liquid containers. Some might come to call it the "adult Tang." But for now,...

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Obama: Fort Hood Shooting 'Tears a Wound Still Raw'

April 9, 2014 For the second time in five years, the president of the United States spoke at a memorial for shooting victims at Fort Hood in Texas. "It is love, tested by tragedy, that brings us together again," President Obama said Wednesday afternoon, acknowledging that he—and the entire nation—have been through this...

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Did the USAID Cuban Twitter Debacle 'Taint All USAID Employees as Spies?'

April 8, 2014 A man is in prison, possibly for the rest of his life. A Twitter-like program has been exposed as a construction of the American government, created with the hope of stirring democratic unrest in Cuba. The United States' international development arm, USAID, is being accused of something like international espionage....

Why We Can't Name a Planet After Joe Biden—Yet

March 27, 2014 Astronomers have discovered a possible new dwarf planet: a cold, relatively tiny lump of ice traveling near the barrier where the sun loses all its gravitational influence. The planet—280 miles in diameter—is roughly the size of Wisconsin. And despite the planet's relative smallness, this discovery has ignited astronomers' excitement: Its...

Should Wikipedia Put Crimea on the Russian Map?

March 19, 2014 Above, you see two maps of Russia as supplied by Wikipedia. The one on the left was downloaded Tuesday at 6:31 p.m. EST, nearly 12 hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. On this map, Crimea is not in Russia. The map on the...

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New Nutrition Labels Will Make You Feel Guilty

February 27, 2014 First lady Michelle Obama and the Food and Drug Administration are set to announce new food labeling regulations Thursday, the final product of which you can see here. The label on the left reflects the current design. The label on the right is new. Aside from a much cleaner overall...

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What We Know About the Reported Plane Hijacking During the Sochi Opening Ceremony

February 7, 2014 As the opening ceremonies in Sochi get underway, multiple news outlets are reporting on an attempted plane hijacking that ended in a diverted landing in Turkey. The attempted hijacker claimed that there was a bomb on board, a Turkish official told the Associated Press. NBC's Richard Engel is reporting that...

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Americans Really Don't Like Their Government Right Now

January 22, 2014 2013 was the "year of polling terribly," in which many D.C. intuitions and the president sank to record low approval ratings in public opinion polling. 2014 looks to keep the trend going. Gallup is out today with a poll that finds 65 percent of Americans are "very or somewhat dissatisfied"...