• News

    • Boston Shows Strength at Marathon Bombing Memorial Service

      During a memorial service recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred one year ago today, victims and politicians delivered remarks describing what it meant to be “Boston Strong.” Those survivors of the tragedy highlighted the support they received after the attack,  while former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (D) and current Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) talked about the city’s unity ...
    • Obama, Putin Spar over Ukraine

      President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone last night regarding the situation where each side put the onus on the other to end the crisis in Ukraine. During the phone call, which was initiated by the Kremlin, President Obama expressed “grave” concern about the Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to ...
    • U.S. Signs $1 Billion Loan Guarantee for Ukraine

      Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced today that the United States has signed a $1 billion loan guarantee agreement to assist Ukraine in stabilizing its democracy in light of the current crisis.  Lew announced the agreement at a press coneference with Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Shlapak following their meeting, noting that the loan “demonstrates the United States’ unwavering commitment to seeing ...
  • Resources

    • Federal News Service Will Hold a Lunch and Learn on March 19

      Come learn why Federal News Service is key to major media companies publications! What are you missing out on?  It’s hard to stay on top of the news and events in Washington.  We can help you. Run the Sunday morning talk show circuit in record time.  We’re posting transcripts in near real-time, and we post in sections until the transcripts ...
    • State of the Union Word Clouds

      Here’s a list of FNS-created State of the Union word clouds, including for each of President Obama’s addresses: President Barack Obama 2013 2012 2011 2010 President George W. Bush 2002 (first since 9/11) President Bill Clinton 1996 (first since Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years) President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1941 ...
    • FNS State of the Union Response Archive

      The tradition of a State of the Union response by the opposition party to the president originated in 1966.  The first such response, in answer to Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson’s address that year, was given by two famous Republican Party names:  Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL) and Representative Gerald Ford (R-MI).  Senator Dirksen was the minority leader for the Republicans ...
  • Partners

    • U.S. Losing Influence in the Middle East? Saudi Prince Says Yes

      Saudi Arabian Prince Turki al-Faisal, who was the Kingdom’s ambassador to the United States back in 2005-2006, told The Wall Street Journal yesterday that the United States is losing influence in the Middle East and that U.S.-Iran negotiations were “surprising” to the Saudis.  Prince al-Faisal’s comments, in an interview, touched on points of contention between the Saudis and the United ...
    • Secret FISA court gets a critique from within

      By Stewart M. Powell / Hearst Newspapers WASHINGTON — To hear James Comey tell it, judges on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court routinely put spy agency lawyers through their paces before approving electronic eavesdropping designed to combat terrorist attacks. People “hear secret court, sometimes they hear rubber stamp,” the long-time Justice Department lawyer and FBI Director nominee said in ...
    • Aging Population an Economic Worry for Europe

      Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Bulgaria Simeon Djankov told the Council on Foreign Relations today that Europe’s demographic situation may well play a large part in its economic future.  Europe’s population is declining due to less-than-replacement birthrates among Europeans.  For example, Djankov said, Germany alone is estimated to lose seven million people of working age – ...