Two top Pentagon intel officials quit amid spat

Two top Pentagon intel officials quit amid spat

The three-star Army general who has headed the Defense Intelligence Agency for less than two years is being nudged aside amid conflict within the agency and between the general and leaders elsewhere in the intelligence community, a senior defense official said Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and the DIA’s civilian deputy director, David Shedd, announced […]

Secret donor meet for GOP Presidential wannabes

Secret donor meet for GOP Presidential wannabes

Far from public scrutiny, Republican presidential hopefuls, high-powered donors and other national political and business leaders gathered last month at a five-star resort in Georgia for a secretive meeting to discuss the midterm elections, foreign policy and the economy. Details of the event organized by the think tank the American Enterprise Institute were revealed this […]

Senate set to kill minimum wage increase bill

Senate set to kill minimum wage increase bill

Hemmed in by solid Republican opposition, the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to President Barack Obama by blocking an election-year bill increasing the federal minimum wage. Democrats, aware that the measure faces all but certain rejection Wednesday in the chamber they control, plan to use the vote to buttress their campaign theme […]

House says ‘nada’ to military benefit cuts

House says ‘nada’ to military benefit cuts

Congress is saying “not so fast” to a Pentagon proposal to cut subsidies to military commissaries where service members and their families shop at a reduced cost, as well as other proposed changes to benefits. The House Armed Services Committee unveiled its draft legislation Tuesday, and Republicans and Democrats on the military personnel subcommittee are […]

House trying to restore spending bill process

House trying to restore spending bill process

Lawmakers embarrassed by their inability to pass their annual spending bills the old-fashioned way are trying to get the broken budget process back on track. After the partial government shutdown last fall and a take-it-or-leave-it vote in January on a massive, catchall appropriations bill, the GOP House and Democratic-led Senate are both pledging free and […]

Citing ‘religious freedom’ to fight gay marriage bans

Citing ‘religious freedom’ to fight gay marriage bans

A coalition of clergy members is challenging North Carolina’s constitutional ban on gay marriage with an unusual approach in a federal lawsuit: They say it violates their religious freedom. The clergy members said in the lawsuit filed Monday that they’d like to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in their congregations, but they can’t because of the […]

Chamber spending big bucks on GOP ad buys

Chamber spending big bucks on GOP ad buys

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads this week in North Carolina and Georgia in a crunch-time effort to help establishment-backed Republicans in crowded Senate primaries. It is also pumping money into commercials praising GOP hopefuls in Michigan, Montana and Alaska. The powerful business organization’s ad buy is a clear attempt to tip the […]

Obama scolds colleges for ‘turning blind eye’ to rape

Obama scolds colleges for ‘turning blind eye’ to rape

The Obama administration admonished colleges and universities — “No more turning a blind eye” — as it released guidelines designed to stem sexual assaults on campuses and help the victims. A White House task force on sexual assault recommends in a report to be released Tuesday that schools identify trained, confidential victim’s advocates and conduct […]