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Hagel to nuke officers in bunkers: ‘We’re working on it’

Hagel to nuke officers in bunkers: ‘We’re working on it’

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has made the rare gesture of phoning Air Force nuclear officers in their underground launch bunkers in Montana to update them on efforts to correct problems in their service. Hagel placed the calls from aboard the military command aircraft that ferried him home Saturday from an international security conference in Germany. […]

Super Bowl can’t save Christie from scandals

Super Bowl can’t save Christie from scandals

The Super Bowl being played in New Jersey Sunday is not providing a respite from scandal for Gov. Chris Christie. Some Republicans say allegations from a former loyalist that Christie knew about a politically motivated lane closure as it happened last year could end up damaging his 2016 presidential prospects. Meanwhile, Christie’s political team is […]

Democrats up for re-election steering clear of Obama

Democrats up for re-election steering clear of Obama

Spooked by President Barack Obama’s low approval ratings, some of his fellow Democrats in tough November election races have begun their campaigns by distancing themselves from the White House and asserting their independence from Obama’s policies. In what amounts to a survival-first strategy among embattled Democrats crucial to the party’s effort to keep control of […]

Obama picks major proponent of spying on Americans to head NSA

Obama picks major proponent of spying on Americans to head NSA

President Barack Obama, determined to avoid real curbs on the ability of the National Security Agency to spy on Americans and foreign nationals, is turning to a Navy Admiral who shares his view that personal rights to privacy are secondary for a government who believes in the right to know everything about everyone. His choice […]

Air Force: ‘Culture of fear’ led to nuke force cheating

Air Force: ‘Culture of fear’ led to nuke force cheating

A worrisome culture of fear that made launch officers believe they had to get perfect test scores to be promoted fueled a widening cheating scandal within the military’s nuclear missile corps, according to Air Force officials. Half of the 183 launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been implicated in the cheating […]

Air Force says 92 implicated in nuclear cheating scandal

Air Force says 92 implicated in nuclear cheating scandal

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Thursday the number of nuclear force officers implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal has grown to 92 out of a force of 500. James spoke to reporters after touring nuclear bases around the country. The cheating has been found at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. The […]

Intel chief to Snowden: ‘Return stolen documents’

Intel chief to Snowden: ‘Return stolen documents’

The top U.S. intelligence official called on Wednesday for Edward Snowden and journalists who obtained documents the former contractor took without authorization from the National Security Agency to return the materials to authorities. At a hearing where the heads of five U.S. intelligence agencies ratcheted up rhetoric calling Snowden a “grave threat” to the nation, […]

In a way, new health care law is about transfer of wealth

In a way, new health care law is about transfer of wealth

Maybe the health care law was about wealth transfer, after all. If the gap between haves and have-nots is the defining issue of President Barack Obama’s second term, his health overhaul was its first-term counterpart. Turns out the two are linked. New research shows that the Affordable Care Act will significantly boost the economic fortunes […]

Cheating scandal increases strain on U.S. nuke force

Cheating scandal increases strain on U.S. nuke force

The Air Force’s nuclear missile corps faces new strains after dozens more officers were implicated in an investigation of cheating on missile-launch proficiency tests. The number implicated in the probe has roughly doubled from the original 34 officers, meaning that about 14 percent of all launch officers are now sidelined. Officials on Tuesday said the […]