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In divided vote, Senate panel approves Hagel for Defense Secretary

In divided vote, Senate panel approves Hagel for Defense Secretary

A bitterly divided Senate panel has voted to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s defense secretary. The Armed Services Committee voted 14-11 to send the nomination…

Emails show Menendez tried to exert influence for big bucks donor

Emails show Menendez tried to exert influence for big bucks donor

Emails between Sen. Robert Menendez‘s office and the Homeland Security Department describe efforts by his staff in January to thwart U.S. donations of cargo-screening equipment to the government of the…

State of the Union: Obama talking economy, audience screaming guns

State of the Union: Obama talking economy, audience screaming guns

The American public will get a competing mix of rhetoric and imagery in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, a speech that offers a heavy dose on…

Victims, academics, others join in on gun fight

Victims, academics, others join in on gun fight

A woman whose Chicago police officer brother was fatally shot in 2010 says it’s time for Congress to pass laws keeping guns from criminals. Another woman says firearms restrictions prevented…

Senate panel set to vote on Hagel nomination

Senate panel set to vote on Hagel nomination

Republican, twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran and former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel — faces his first major hurdle in his bid to become the nation’s defense secretary as a bitterly divided…

Former defense secretary backs oversight of drone strikes

Former defense secretary backs oversight of drone strikes

Robert Gates, a former defense secretary and spymaster, is backing lawmakers’ proposal to form a special court to review President Barack Obama’s deadly drone strikes against Americans linked to al-Qaida.…

Gun victims’ relatives take center stage as advocates

Gun victims’ relatives take center stage as advocates

Bill Sherlach just said “no.” Washington officials fighting over gun control invited him to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night in the House chamber. Sherlach,…

Senate Dems to GOP: Forget your stupid games on Hagel

Senate Dems to GOP: Forget your stupid games on Hagel

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Friday he will press ahead with a vote on Chuck Hagel‘s nomination to be defense secretary, rejecting Republicans demands for more…

Panetta bids farewell, gets salute from Obama

Panetta bids farewell, gets salute from Obama

Calling it “the honor of my life,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said farewell to the U.S. military Friday, capping a venerated public service career that spanned four decades and included…

Disturbing questions about U.S. use of drone strikes

Disturbing questions about U.S. use of drone strikes

CIA Director-designate John Brennan‘s vigorous defense of drone strikes to kill terror suspects — even American citizens — overseas is causing key lawmakers to consider lifting secrecy from what has…