Turnover at DHS hinders security mission

(Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)

High turnover among top Department of Homeland Security leaders is a result of what employees describe as a dysfunctional work environment, abysmal morale and the lure of private firms paying top dollar.

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Ukraine and ISIS are not justifications of a “Clash of Civilizations“

Ukraine and ISIS are not justifications of a “Clash of Civilizations“

Samuel Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations” thesis is no more relevant in the modern context of Ukraine and ISIS than it was previously.

This very strange ad tells women to dump their boyfriend President Obama. And to not vote for his friends. Or something.

This very strange ad tells women to dump their boyfriend President Obama. And to not vote for his friends.  Or something.

Surely women think of President Obama as their boyfriend. So, why not make an ad just like that?

Happy ‘Unmarried and Single Americans Week’ to the 105 million single people in America

Happy ‘Unmarried and Single Americans Week’ to the 105 million single people in America

It’s something that can now be celebrated by more Americans than ever.

Anti-vaccination beliefs are contagious

Anti-vaccination beliefs are contagious

Anti-vaccination beliefs are spreading through clusters of parents in California. This may undermine ‘herd immunity’ in the population as a whole.

Emma Watson is a feminist. So is Beyonce. And that’s good for Hillary Clinton.

Emma Watson is a feminist. So is Beyonce. And that’s good for Hillary Clinton.

Yes, everything comes back to Hillary.

Avoiding old mistakes in the new game of Islamic politics

Avoiding old mistakes in the new game of Islamic politics

Policymakers should avoid a return to the pattern of opportunistic alignments with autocrats that serve U.S. policy well in the short term at tremendous long-term cost.

Since 1978, Congress has worked a full week 14 percent of the time

Since 1978, Congress has worked a full week 14 percent of the time

Congress works about as much as you think it does.

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Campaign 2014: Tom Cotton 'Listened'

Campaign 2014: Tom Cotton 'Listened'

Arkansas GOP Senate candidate Rep. Tom Cotton released this ad that accuses President Obama of "hijack[ing] the farm bill and turn[ing] it into a food stamp bill."

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Campaign 2014: Americans for Shared Prosperity 'Dating Profile'

Campaign 2014: Americans for Shared Prosperity 'Dating Profile'

In this ad released by conservative PAC Americans for Shared Prosperity, a woman likens President Obama and her waning trust in his agenda and policies to a relationship sabotaged by a careless boyfriend.

How ordinary petitions helped end slavery and make women into political activists

How ordinary petitions helped end slavery and make women into political activists

New research shows how the fight against slavery bred a generation of politically engaged women.

The secret truths of election forecasting

(Psst! The forecasters mostly agree.)

NCI director Varmus drops the F-bomb

It’s on the audio tape. But not on the video. What happened?

The decline of the conservative Democrat

The decline of the conservative Democrat

Arkansas tells the tale.

Why Colorado’s Hickenlooper is in political trouble

Why Colorado’s Hickenlooper is in political trouble

John Hickenlooper’s political style has him fighting a perception of weak leadership.

Did Michelle Nunn help fund terrorists?

Did Michelle Nunn help fund terrorists?

The David Perdue (R) campaign earns 4 Pinocchios for a smarmy ad based on innuendo but no facts

Feds honored for ‘outstanding achievements’

Feds will be honored with Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals for outstanding work.

White House security might spill into surrounding streets

White House security might spill into surrounding streets

After an embarrassing breach, new Secret Service proposals include blocking sidewalks as well as screening visitors as far as a block away.

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These 12 governors’ races are the ones where a party upset is most likely

These 12 governors’ races are the ones where a party upset is most likely

THE FIX | Many incumbents are in real trouble in states where victory in November should amount to a layup.

Four Texans ponder presidential runs in 2016

Four Texans ponder presidential runs in 2016

Republicans’ loyalties being strained in the Lone Star State, as native sons offer different directions for the party.

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Eligible for security clearance, but not on DOD’s payroll?

GAO finds that many contractors could obtain access to classified information but are not working.

Turnover at DHS hinders security mission

Turnover at DHS hinders security mission

High turnover among top Department of Homeland Security leaders is a result of what employees describe as a dysfunctional work environment, abysmal morale and the lure of private firms paying top dollar.

Here’s what you missed on the Sunday shows

Here’s what you missed on the Sunday shows

What to do about the Islamic State, the NFL and the Democratic National Committee

Sorry, Matt Bai, but I don’t think Gary Hart was gonna get elected president in 1988

Gary Hart wasn’t on track to win the 1988 presidential election.

Sen. Mary Landrieu wants your vote — and will help you keg-stand to get it

THE FIX | The senator saw a campaign opportunity in providing a constituent service at an LSU game.

How did a man jump a fence, sprint
70 yards and enter the White House?

How did a man jump a fence, sprint <br>  70 yards and enter the White House?

The Secret Service faces tough questions as it reviews security after the breach at the residence.

Why not Biden?

Why not Biden?

Maybe because almost no one of consequence in the Democratic Party is talking seriously about his presidential prospects.

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Texas: Epicenter of the conservative movement

Texas: Epicenter of the conservative movement

THE TAKE | Texas proudly thinks of itself as a nation-state. It has produced three presidents since the last half century. But will the country embrace the new Republican Party of Texas, if given the opportunity?

No evidence that McCain met with Islamic State members

No evidence that McCain met with Islamic State members

Sen. Rand Paul said in an interview that his Republican colleague had his picture taken with ISIS in Syria.

For DNC chair, an awkward day

For DNC chair, an  awkward day

Debbie Wasserman Schultz had a blitz of media events with other top Democrats a day after revelations surfaced that they had turned on her.

Scotland votes to stay. For now.

Scotland votes to stay. For now.

Britons wake to find that their troublesome northern neighbors have decided to stay for now. More trouble expected.

Election forecasting: Nate Silver vs. Sam Wang

I agree with Nate Silver and John Sides that a forecast should be constructed via a sensible combination of available information.

Power of the purse in peril?

Power of the purse in peril?

Both bureaucrats and lawmakers suffer from the breakdown in the congressional budget process.

Patent official says fraudulent time is ‘unacceptable’

Patent official says fraudulent time is ‘unacceptable’

These are changes to be expected now that Congress is paying attention. But most of them will need approval from the agency’s union, which is likely to push back against some.

We are nowhere near Peak Biden

We are nowhere near Peak Biden

We figured out the number of times Biden’s gaffes have been mentioned in the press since 2007.

Democrats aren’t talking much about Obama in speeches

Democrats aren’t talking much about Obama in speeches

People in the president’s party seem to be distancing themselves on the Hill.

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is over. But challenges remain for LGBT vets and service members

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is over. But challenges remain for LGBT vets and service members

The Department of Veterans Affairs has only been fully recognizing married same-sex couples in states that have marriage equality.

The 17 states where prisons are overcrowded

About one in every 200 Americans are in state or federal correctional facilities. In many states, the prison population is way over capacity.

Is the federal hiring system broken?

Is the federal hiring system broken?

Is federal hiring broken?

GAO report criticizes budgeting for planned DHS complex

Auditors warn of more cost overruns, missed deadlines for Homeland Security’s office complex in D.C.

It took some convincing, but women matter in politics

The DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum took on the political gender gap and violence against women.