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Does the US Military Need a Space Corps?

August 8, 2017 The U.S. military hasn’t added a new uniformed service in 70 years, when the Air Force was created in the aftermath of World War II. If Congress gets its way, that will soon change. In a bipartisan vote last month, the House of Representatives approved legislation that would direct the...

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Does the U.S. Military Need a Space Corps?

August 8, 2017 The U.S. military hasn’t added a new uniformed service in 70 years, when the Air Force was created in the aftermath of World War II. If Congress gets its way, that will soon change. In a bipartisan vote last month, the House of Representatives approved legislation that would direct the...

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The Senate Finally Gives Trump His Administration

August 4, 2017 And just like that, Donald Trump finally has the semblance of a presidential administration. In the span of a few minutes on Thursday afternoon, the Senate confirmed dozens of the president’s stalled nominees to key posts in several departments. The departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and Commerce got...

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How VA Reform Turned into a Fight Over Privatization

July 17, 2017 In 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs was mired in a scandal. An inspector general’s report had found “systemic” manipulation by government officials to hide lengthy and growing wait times at its medical centers. Veterans were waiting months for appointments, and dozens may have died because they could not get...

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What We Know About Trump's 'Tapes' Tease

June 12, 2017 It’s the biggest mystery in Washington—or the biggest tease. Is there a taping system at the White House, did it catch the conversations between President Trump and his ex-FBI director, James Comey, and if the answers to those questions are yes, will the president make the tapes public? The Secret...

Devin Nunes Dives Back into the Russia Investigation

June 2, 2017 It was less than two months ago that Representative Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, temporarily recused himself from leading the panel’s Russia investigation amid allegations that he disclosed classified information in what his Democratic critics called an attempt to substantiate President Trump’s false claim that his predecessor...

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The Phantom Infrastructure Proposal in Trump's Budget

May 24, 2017 For the first time, the White House has put into writing an outline of President Trump’s long-promised and often-hyped plan to pour as much as $1 trillion into rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. It did not leave Trump’s would-be negotiating partners impressed. The president’s budget proposal sets aside just $200 billion...

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Mueller Pick Meets a Rare Bipartisan Consensus

May 18, 2017 At a moment of peak political polarization, the Justice Department’s appointment of Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel leading its Russia investigation achieved a rare consensus: Nary a whiff of criticism from either party greeted the announcement on Wednesday night. Democrats got what they had long demanded: An apolitical...

White House Vows to Audit the Pentagon, Which Would Be a First

May 17, 2017 The Pentagon will spend the next several months gearing up for a mission so complicated that many officials doubt it can be pulled off, an undertaking so immense that the military hasn’t once dared to try it before. No, this isn’t a story about deploying a fancy new weapon, or...

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The Pentagon Is Almost Ready for Its Close-Up

May 17, 2017 The Pentagon will spend the next several months gearing up for a mission so complicated that many officials doubt it can be pulled off, an undertaking so immense that the military hasn’t once dared to try it before. No, this isn’t a story about deploying a fancy new weapon, or...