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Obama: Afghanistan Crucial to National Interests

During a break in the G-20 Summit yesterday, President Barack Obama called Afghanistan a remaining crucial situation to national interests. “I think that we’re going to need to provide assistance to Afghanistan for a long time to come,” he commented, explaining the “very poor country” will continue to need help …

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FTC Stops International Credit-Card Scheme

A federal court has put a stop to a sophisticated international scheme that used identity theft to place more than $10 million in bogus charges on consumers’ credit and debit cards, according to the Federal Trade Commission. More than a million consumers were hit with one-time charges of $10 or …

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TSA Names Philip Burdette Federal Security Director for BWI

The Transportation Security Administration announced yesterday Philip Burdette has been named federal security director for Baltimore Washington International/Thurgood Marshall Airport. Burdette joined the department in 2003 and has held a number of critical security operations positions, including assistant special agent in charge, senior adviser to the security operations assistant administrator, …

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Robert C. Byrd, Longest-Serving Member of Congress, Dies at Age 92

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, passed away this morning at Inova Fairfax Hospital, his family announced. The 92-year-old conservative from West Virginia became the longest-serving senator in the history, having served more than 20,775 days. During his tenure, his colleagues elected him …

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NASA Competition Allows College Students Chance to Build Space Habitats

College students participating in NASA’s X-Hab Academic Innovation Competition may have the chance to contribute to the building of new space habitats in a competition designed to leverage the innovative ideas of students. The competition will select three project teams to receive funding, and the winning team will be extended …

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New Center to Help Wounded Warriors Opens in Bethesda

Now Bethesda won’t be famous for its boutiques and bars alone. As of last week, this part of Montgomery County, Md., houses the new National Intrepid Center of Excellence, which will improve the ability of military and civilian healthcare providers to treat traumatic brain injuries and psychological disorders in war …

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President Announces Plan to Increase Broadband Space

White House officials announced President Barack Obama’s plan to increase the amount of available commercial and federal broadband space in a memorandum scheduled to be signed today. The plan will make 500 megahertz available over the next 10 years in reflection of the rising use of smartphones and other wireless …

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FBI Names New Assistant Director in Charge for NY Division

Janice K. Fedarcyk has been named as assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York division, the agency announced yesterday. “Jan Fedarcyk brings both a strong national security and criminal investigative background from her current assignment as head of the Philadelphia division and from her work at FBI Headquarters, …

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Comprehensive Cyber Legislation Approved

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee yesterday unanimously approved a major cybersecurity legislation that would structure how the federal government protects public and private sector cyber networks. Crafted by Ranking Member Susan Collins and Sens. Joe Lieberman and Tom Carper, the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of …

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