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America Just Launched a Rocket on a Secret Mission Into Space

May 23, 2014 While we were all pondering Facebook's role in devaluing the media (ok, maybe a little before) the U.S. went ahead and launched a spy satellite into orbit, for use by the National Reconnaissance Office. Reuters reports that earlier today, an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in...

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Flood of Comments Prompts IRS to Rethink Rule Limiting Political Activity of Nonprofits

May 23, 2014 The IRS issued a statement on Thursday saying it is considering maybe, possibly revising new regulations on "social welfare" groups' political activity after the rules, proposed last year, prompted more than 150,000 negative comments. The IRS said: It is likely that we will make some changes to the proposed regulation...

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NTSB Reveals Two Near Midair Plane Collisions in Two Days

May 20, 2014 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) revealed this week that on two separate occasions last month, passenger planes nearly collided in midair in U.S. airspace. Which is two times too many, as far as we're concerned. The first incident occurred near Newark on April 24. The AP reports that according...

U.S. Files Criminal Charges Against Chinese Military Officials for Hacking American Companies

May 19, 2014 The Department of Justice said it will charge five members of the Chinese military for hacking into American companies, marking the first time that U.S. is taking legal action against employees of a foreign government over cyber crimes. One unnamed military source told NBC that those accused "used military and...

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Obama Administration Sidesteps Congress With Immigration Proposals

May 7, 2014 Tuesday, the Homeland Security and Commerce departments announced two proposals that would allow up to 100,000 highly-skilled undocumented immigrants to stay, legally, in the U.S. -- a move that doesn't require congressional approval. Both proposals are intended as a means to retain immigrants working in science, technology, and engineering. Reuters...

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FAA Says U-2 Spy Plane Definitely Scrambled Air Traffic Control Computers

May 6, 2014 After some confusion over whether a Soviet-era spy plane caused delays at a number of airports across the U.S. last week, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the U-2 plane was, indeed, at fault. The Air Force had previously denied that their plane was the one to blame. According to...

Astronaut to Give UConn Commencement Speech From Space

May 2, 2014 Later this month, University of Connecticut alum Rick Mastracchio will tell the engineering school's graduating seniors to reach for the stars (we hope) in a commencement speech from aboard the International Space Station. He'll be the third astronaut to give a graduation speech from space. The university announced the cosmic...

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Edward Snowden Makes Surprise Guest Appearance at Putin Q&A

April 17, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin took questions for four hours in another one of his famous live TV Q&As on Thursday, fielding and dodging inquiries, about Ukraine, Crimea, Alaska, Obama's willingness to let him drown, and Russia's participation in spying on its people. That last one was asked by surprise guest...

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Flying Keeps Getting Worse, but Americans Have Given Up on Complaining

April 7, 2014 According to the latest Airline Quality Ratings report, U.S. flights are running later and airlines are losing more luggage — but American fliers are filing fewer complaints with the Transportation Department. Bloomberg Businessweek notes that the report, put together by industry researchers using operational data, found that flights across the...

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Actually, Switching Fonts Won't Save the Government That Much Money

March 31, 2014 Last week, media outlets (like us) were charmed by 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani's elegant plan to save the government millions and millions of dollars, simply by switching from Times New Roman to Garamond for official print documents. (The theory being that the new font would use less ink per page, multiplied...