Top military leaders still opposed to open gay service

Top military leaders still opposed to open gay service

The top uniformed officers of the Army and the Marines say letting gays serve openly in the military at a time of war would be divisive and difficult, sharply challenging a new Pentagon study that calculates the risk as low. Their assessment, expected Friday at a Senate hearing, was likely to become political ammunition for […]

After cyber-attack, Wikileaks switches servers

After cyber-attack, Wikileaks switches servers

Wikileaks was forced Friday to switch over to a Swiss domain name, wikileaks.ch, after a new round of hacker attacks on its system prompted its American domain name provider to withdraw service. WikiLeaks’ U.S. domain name system provider, EveryDNS, withdrew service to the wikileaks.org name late Thursday, saying it took the action because the new […]

Democrats defecting to GOP after election disaster

Democrats defecting to GOP after election disaster

Staggering Election Day losses are not the Democratic Party‘s final indignity this year. At least 13 state lawmakers in five states have defected to Republican ranks since the Nov. 2 election, adding to already huge GOP gains in state legislatures. And that number could grow as next year’s legislative sessions draw near. The defections underscore […]

White House tries to contain damage from WikiLeaks

White House tries to contain damage from WikiLeaks

The Obama administration moved forcefully Monday to contain damage from the release of more than a quarter-million classified diplomatic files, branding the action as an attack on the United States and raising the prospect of legal action against online whistle-blower WikiLeaks. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that WikiLeaks acted illegally in posting the […]

Obama, Republicans to meet but don’t expect much

Obama, Republicans to meet but don’t expect much

A House Republican leader heading into a postelection meeting with President Barack Obama Tuesday said the GOP remains steadfastly opposed to any tax increases. House GOP Whip Eric Cantor said his party wants to “make sure no one gets a tax hike while we’re trying to create jobs in the private sector.” Cantor, who will […]

Pentagon study shows gay service would not harm military

Pentagon study shows gay service would not harm military

The Pentagon study that argues that gay troops could serve openly without hurting the military’s ability to fight is expected to re-ignite debate this month on Capitol Hill over repealing the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Officials familiar with the 10-month study’s results have said a clear majority of respondents don’t care if gays […]

Get ready for the post-WikiLeaks big chill

Get ready for the post-WikiLeaks big chill

After the latest WikiLeaks revelations, the government is setting in motion a new information “big chill,” reversing almost a decade of post-Sept. 11 efforts to nudge U.S. officials into sharing sensitive documents. The Pentagon has detailed new security safeguards, including restraints on small computer flash drives, to make it harder for any one person to […]

Bomber’s friends claim he was set up

Bomber’s friends claim he was set up

A defense attorney and friends suspect that a teenager accused of plotting mass killings in Portland was set up — groomed and talked into a plot to detonate what he thought were six 55-gallon drums of explosives in a van. But prosecutors led by Attorney General Eric Holder say Mohamed Osman Mohamud plunged into a […]

Police worked to keep armed student calm

Police worked to keep armed student calm

Trapped in their classroom with a student gunman, a group of terrified Wisconsin high schoolers worked desperately to keep their captor calm by chatting and laughing with him about hunting and fishing. The 15-year-old gunman eventually shot himself as police stormed the room at Marinette High School hours later Monday evening, and he was hospitalized […]

Former Congressman Solarz dead at 70

Former Congressman Solarz dead at 70

Former New York Congressman Stephen J. Solarz, a foreign affairs expert who in 1986 revealed the extravagance of Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, including her 3,000 pairs of shoes, died on Monday. He was 70. Solarz also angered many of his fellow Democrats when in 1991 he co-sponsored the resolution authorizing President George H. W. […]