House panel votes to delay gays in military plan

House panel votes to delay gays in military plan

A House panel approved a defense bill early Thursday that would delay President Barack Obama’s new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military and limit the commander in chief’s authority on slashing the nation’s nuclear arsenal. By a vote of 60-1, the House Armed Services Committee approved the broad, $553 billion defense blueprint […]

Vets unhappy with health care cost increases

Vets unhappy with health care cost increases

Health care fees for working-age military retirees would increase slightly under a defense bill unveiled Monday that drew fierce opposition from the 2.1 million-strong Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Pentagon is reeling from health care costs that have jumped from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in the latest budget request. Determined to slash […]

CIA ran bin Laden operation

CIA ran bin Laden operation

Has anyone noticed that CIA Director Leon Panetta has said a lot more about the Navy commandos’ killing of Osama bin Laden than has the Pentagon chief, who, after all, is second in the military chain of command behind President Barack Obama? The reason Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said exactly nothing about the raid […]

Pakistan deploys lobbyists to save U.S. aid

Pakistan deploys lobbyists to save U.S. aid

Within hours of the stunning announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. commandos, a lobbying firm representing Pakistan’s government began contacting members of Congress and their staffs to counter claims Islamabad protected the al-Qaida chief for nearly six years. The push by Locke Lord Strategies to turn the tide against criticism of […]

Cheney undecided on heart transplant

Cheney undecided on heart transplant

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he hasn’t decided whether to seek a heart transplant. Cheney tells “Fox News Sunday” that his health has improved since last year, when he was diagnosed with end-stage heart failure. He had an operation last summer to fit his body with a battery-powered device that helps his heart pump […]