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Panetta: America could become ‘second rate’ power

Panetta: America could become ‘second rate’ power

The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they’ve…

Senators seek compromise on gun purchase background checks

Senators seek compromise on gun purchase background checks

A bipartisan quartet of senators, including two National Rifle Association members and two with “F” ratings from the potent firearms lobby, are quietly trying to find a compromise on expanding…

Use of drones to target Americans raises questions in Congress

Use of drones to target Americans raises questions in Congress

President Barack Obama’s choice to head the CIA faces a Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing just hours after lawmakers are expected to receive a classified report providing the rationale for…

Republicans come up with plans to cut the budget

Republicans come up with plans to cut the budget

A group of GOP lawmakers from House and Senate on Wednesday offered a plan to cut the federal workforce and use the savings to replace some $85 billion in across-the-board…

Democrats offer their own gun control proposal

Democrats offer their own gun control proposal

House Democrats will unveil 15 proposals for curbing gun violence that resemble President Barack Obama’s plan and will include a call for banning assault weapons, people familiar with the package…

Obama pushing his programs to reluctant Democrats

Obama pushing his programs to reluctant Democrats

President Barack Obama is trying to sell Senate Democrats on his strategy for tackling immigration, gun control and a host of fiscal dilemmas. Senate Democratic unity will be critical to…

CIA Director nominee flip-flops on agency torture

CIA Director nominee flip-flops on agency torture

John Brennan, now President Barack Obama’s nominee to be CIA director, sat quietly around a conference table at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va., during briefings about the capture and…

Lobbying group shooter headed for court hearing

Lobbying group shooter headed for court hearing

A man accused of shooting a security guard inside the Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group is expected in court amid plea negotiations. Floyd Lee Corkins II had…

Hillary Clinton leaves Secretary of State post

Hillary Clinton leaves Secretary of State post

Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned Friday as America’s 67th secretary of state, capping a four-year tenure that saw her shatter records for the number of countries visited. In a letter…

Some male Marines express concern about women in combat

Some male Marines express concern about women in combat

Male Marines listed being falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault as a top concern in a survey about moving women into combat jobs, and thousands indicated the change could…