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Pentagon Says Global Cyber Threat Is Growing

Reuters | Phil Stewart | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

PALO ALTO, California, April 23 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday disclosed a cyber intrusion this year by Russian hackers who accessed an un...

I Give America 75 Years... 100 at Most

Jim Moore | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

There is a more present death awaiting Americans, and it, too, involves entropy and ultimate hopelessness.

9 Things Basketball Teaches You About Parenting

Randi Evans | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Randi Evans

Soon enough, you'll be playing your last game, retiring your food-stained jersey and hanging up your worn-down, smelly shoes. But before you do all that, remember to stop a minute and give yourself credit.

Want World Peace? Focus on Two Simple Things

Rana Florida | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Rana Florida

The state of the world got more gruesome yesterday with the barbaric killing of Lieutenant Muath al-Kasabeh. In a video released by the terrorist group ISIS, the 26-year-old Jordanian pilot can be seen dressed in an orange jump suit and locked in a cage, where he was burned alive.

Mugged in Front of Gandhi

Eddie Parsons | Posted 03.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Eddie Parsons

One evening in late August, it just so happened that I would get mugged on Massachusetts Avenue around 10pm in front of the Gandhi statue. The entire moment seemed ironic because it was not that late and not a particularly dark spot. The newish Gandhi monument was watching over me so what did I have to be afraid of?

The Upcoming Battle Over Iran

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Matthew RJ Brodsky

When Netanyahu makes his third appearance in the House Chamber, the political and strategic gap between Obama and himself will again be thrown into stark relief, with ramifications echoing in both countries' foreign and domestic policies.

Obama and Modi: The India-US Moment?

Aparna Pande | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Aparna Pande

President Obama's participation in India's Republic Day celebrations on January 26 is more than a gesture. Just as the Americans tend to seek allies overseas, India builds friendships and avoids alliances. An alliance implies dependence whereas economic and military self-sufficiency is India's desire.

Protecting the Lands We Swore to Defend

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

As service members, we joined the military to ensure that our distinctive American identity remains robust. That identity includes the iconic landscapes that Americans can enjoy on our public lands, from sea to shining sea.

Pool Of Pentagon Contenders Dwindles

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Thick-skinned candidate to oversee a sprawling bureaucracy bitten by budget cuts and join a national security team besiege...

The Best Defender In Baseball Just Got Traded. See Where He Landed.

John A. Tures | Posted 01.21.2015 | Sports
John A. Tures

As the debate unfolds between the old school system of voting and the new "sabermetric" style votes with WAR (wins above replacement), defensive runs saved, fielding percentage, etc. there's likely to be some tension.

America Is Not a 911 Number

András Simonyi | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
András Simonyi

On a recent visit to Europe I was most struck by the latent and open anti-American sentiments that are contaminating the political elites across the continent. This is especially strange in a year when we commemorate the end of the Cold War.

Worry, Don't Be Happy: How We Decide What's Dangerous

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The desire to seal off borders and quarantine the health care workers is driven to a large extent by our ancestral behavioral immune system. Cues that once improved survival have become maladaptive behaviors in our contemporary world.

Hawks Demand More Military Spending Than During Cold War: Stop Squandering 'Defense' Dollars on Other Nations

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

America does not spend too little on the military. Rather, Washington attempts to do too much with the amount that it spends on the military. America's policy of promiscuous foreign intervention would be foolish even if it was not costly. But it is both.

Should a Transhumanist Run for US President?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.

Panetta Recycles the Same Tired Criticisms of President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Panetta doesn't spell out just exactly how big a U.S. military presence he says should have stayed in Iraq. That's the first question he leaves dangling. And there are others. What would they actually do once there? Namely who would they fight?

NATO Summit Delivers

Joe Cirincione | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Obama's opponents have cynically treated these challenges as political footballs, sweeping them into their relentless narrative of a weak, vacillating and dangerous president and a feckless NATO. But NATO's leaders impressively rallied around the administration's plans, approving a sweeping series of actions that should -- but probably won't -- quiet the critics.

America's Alliance With Australia Is a Boon for Asia

John Kerry | Posted 10.13.2014 | World
John Kerry

Since the dawn of the 20th century, Australia and the US have stood together with a shared vision for a free, peaceful and prosperous world. Today we reaffirm our confidence that the relationship will continue to be a force for good in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, and the world.

The Right Didn't Mind When Bush Paid A Ransom To Terrorists

The Daily Beast | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

The Bowe Bergdahl story moves to the hearing stage this week, so we’ll be treated to the sight of preening House Republicans trying to press Defense...

Will Modi's India Reinvent International Relations?

Cleo Paskal | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Cleo Paskal

Those looking to explain Modi's India with labels like 'right-wing' or 'religious fanatic' are going to find themselves stymied. So, what will India's foreign policy under Modi look like?

Congress Helps End Decade-Long Land Dispute

AP | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — The Marine Corps and off-road vehicle enthusiasts will share a rugged patch of desert near the military base at Twen...

Lessons From the Diamond

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 05.06.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Naphtali Hoff

Sometimes, we are forced to react, to await the pitch that is heaved our way and decide what to do with it. We can let an opportunity pass by with the hope of getting a better one, or we can jump on the first one that we see and make the best of it.

Challenging a Client's Story

Joel Cohen | Posted 06.28.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

Any client, but particularly a criminal client, wants his lawyer to believe him -- whether or not he is being honest with him. If in fact the client i...

This Spy Plane Outlasted The Cold War, But Defense Cuts Are Threatening Its Future

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were o...

Gov20LA Addresses Data Security Risks

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 06.15.2014 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

After the alarming gap in one of the Internet's key security methods *Heartbleed* was announced, even organizations that have taken precautions ...

As Violence and Hate Increase in Burma, Business as Usual for the US

Tom Andrews | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Today Defense Secretary Hagel is hosting the Defense Minister of Burma among others to discuss the Obama administration’s commitment to “peace and security” in the region. But there is no peace and security for the ethnic minorities in Burma.