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GOP Stalls Hagel Confirmation

Senate Democrats failed Thursday to secure the 60 votes needed to override Republican efforts to deny Chuck Hagel, the administration’s nominee to be Defense Secretary, from receiving an up or down vote.

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Opposition To Hagel Frustrates White House

“We need our new secretary of defense in place,” said Deputy spokesman Josh Earnest.

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Panetta Honors Hillary Clinton

In a ceremony at the Pentagon, Panetta heralded Clinton for her strong sense of pragmatism and efforts to enhance cooperation between the State Department and the Pentagon.

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Hagel Nod Passes Armed Services Committee

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Tuesday to allow Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Defense Secretary proceed. In a clear party line vote, all 14 Democrats on the committee backed Hagel while 11 Republicans voted against. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) declined to cast his vote either way. Hagel’s nomination will now go to the full Senate, […]

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Poll: Majority Of Americans Back Drone Strikes

While the use of drones has sparked controversy following the release of a White House memo legally justifying the use of the unmanned military aircrafts against American citizens believed to be terrorists, a new Pew Poll shows that the publicly broad backs their use.

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Pentagon Extending Some Military Benefits To Same Sex Couples

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Monday that the Defense Department will provide a number of benefits to the domestic partners of service members in same-sex relationships.

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Sequester Would Hammer Defense Budget

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If the sequester proceeds as planned next month, then the Pentagon will experience a 13 percent cut. Experts say that for the sake of U.S. national security, that must not be allowed to happen.

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Panetta And Dempsey Defend Benghazi Response

Panetta said that the U.S. used all available resources to save American lives, but that the surprise nature of the attack made an earlier response impossible.

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GOP Lawmakers: Dodge Sequestration Through Workforce Reductions

Republican lawmakers from both chambers are proposing legislation to avert the looming threat of sequestration for Fiscal Year 2013 by replacing the automatic Defense cuts with savings incurred from reducing the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition.

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McCain Won’t Filibuster Hagel

The decision from McCain not to join Republican efforts to block the nominee means that Democrats may be moving closer to the 60 votes needed to override a filibuster.

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Obama: Turkey Pardon 2014 “Fully Within My Legal Authority”

“I know some will call this amnesty, but don’t worry,” President Obama said. “There’s plenty of Turkey to go around.”

Justice Ginsburg Undergoes Heart Surgery

Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Justice's Conference Room prior to Justice Elana Kagan's Investiture Ceremony. Photo/Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

“As long as I can do the job full steam…I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer,” Justice Ginsburg told Elle magazine in September, “But now I can.”

EPA Proposes Plan To Restrict Smog-causing Ozone

“Today’s proposal is about informing Americans about healthy air quality so they can protect themselves as well as their families,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

400,000 Sign Up In First Week Of Obamacare

This year the numbers from the first week were trumpeted over Burwell’s Twitter account in a series of tweets, including how many people had used the call centers set up to help people enroll.