Hagel: Budget cuts threaten America’s security

Hagel: Budget cuts threaten America’s security

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sounded an alarm bell Saturday about budget cuts he said threaten America’s security and global military role, while “gambling” over the risk of an unexpected threat. The cuts, which amount to nearly $1 trillion for the Department of Defense (DoD) over a decade, were “too steep, too deep and too abrupt,” […]

USS Gerald Ford: A very, very expensive aircraft carrier

The pomp belied problems with the project, however, which is only 70 percent complete, with delivery postponed until February 2016.

USS Gerald Ford:  A very, very expensive aircraft carrier

The American navy on Saturday christened a new aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, a colossal ship plagued by equally huge cost overruns, at a time of growing budget pressures. The daughter of the former US president, Susan Ford Bales, broke the traditional champagne bottle at a ceremony in the port of Newport News, Virginia, […]

Final reunion for vets of Doolittle’s Tokyo raid

Final reunion for vets of Doolittle’s Tokyo raid

For Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot, taking off from an aircraft carrier, flying hundreds of miles and bombing Japan was the easy part of the daring 1942 American air raid on Tokyo. The worst moment came hours later, when he had to parachute out of his B-25 bomber over China in the middle of a heavy storm. […]

Obama knew NSA was spying on German chancellor

Obama knew NSA was spying on German chancellor

President Barack Obama was personally informed of mobile phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media reported Sunday. Bild am Sonntag newspaper quoted US intelligence sources as saying that National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander had briefed Obama on the operation against Merkel in 2010. “Obama […]

Obama: Congress must unite to create jobs, get things done

Obama: Congress must unite to create jobs, get things done

Congress must stop stumbling from crisis to crisis and join together to create jobs and get things done, President Barack Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio address. Speaking just two days after Congress reached an 11th-hour accord to end a 16-day government shutdown and avert a debt default by extending the Treasury’s authority to […]

Republicans start to realize their strategy isn’t working

Republicans start to realize their strategy isn’t working

With their leadership clinging to its strategy of demanding changes to the health care law, some rank-and-file Republicans acknowledged Saturday that ending the US government shutdown requires a new game plan. Without question, a repeal or delay of the law known as “Obamacare” remains a top priority for Republican lawmakers, who for weeks have insisted […]

NSA spied on King, Ali, others

NSA spied on King, Ali, others

The National Security Agency eavesdropped on civil rights icon Martin Luther King and heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali as well as other leading critics of the Vietnam War in a secret program later deemed “disreputable,” declassified documents revealed. The six-year spying program, dubbed “Minaret,” had been exposed in the 1970s but the targets of the surveillance […]

Protesters: ‘Obama, stop pipeline!’

Protesters: ‘Obama, stop pipeline!’

Some 200 people staged a sit-in outside the US State Department Monday, demanding that President Barack Obama stop the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. Activists from environmental groups and civil society organizations held placards and shouted:”President Obama, stop the pipeline!” The proposal under debate pertains to construction of a 1,179-mile (1,897 kilometer) portion stretching from Alberta […]

Obama: Romney’s math ‘doesn’t add up’

Obama: Romney’s math ‘doesn’t add up’

President Barack Obama mocked Mitt Romney‘s “two plus one equals five” economics, poking his Republican foe as he wrapped up his two-day trip across Florida in a bid to woo undecided voters. Romney and his Republican running mate Paul Ryan meanwhile struggled to explain the accounting in their taxation plans, with fiscal policy and slow […]

Historic Agent Orange cleanup begins in Vietnam

Historic Agent Orange cleanup begins in Vietnam

From deformed infants to grandparents with cancer, families near Vietnam’s Danang Airbase have long blamed the toxic legacy of war for their ills. Now after a decades-long wait, a historic “Agent Orange” clean-up is finally beginning. The base was a key site in the US defoliant program during the Vietnam War, and much of the […]