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Misleading testimony found against Blackwater

Misleading testimony found against Blackwater

Prosecutors say a witness in the criminal case against four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards gave misleading testimony to a grand jury investigating the 2007 Baghdad shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and injured at least 18 others. In response to the disclosure, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth has demanded a written explanation of why […]

VA boss Shinseki resigns under fire

VA boss Shinseki resigns under fire

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency’s health care system that Obama called “totally unacceptable.” Obama said he accepted the retired four-star general’s resignation “with considerable regret” during an Oval Office meeting. Shinseki had been facing mounting […]

CIA drone strikes winding down in Pakistan

CIA drone strikes winding down in Pakistan

Just after midnight last Christmas, Pakistani officials say, two Hellfire missiles from a U.S. drone slammed into a house in Miramshah, Pakistan, killing four militants. It was an otherwise unremarkable episode in the sixth year of a relentless unmanned aerial campaign by the CIA. Unremarkable, except for this: There hasn’t been a drone strike reported […]

A new $5 billion anti-terrorism fund

A new $5 billion anti-terrorism fund

Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday the United States is setting up a $5 billion “terrorism partnership fund” to help other countries push back against radical extremists. Appearing on a host of network morning-show interviews, Kerry staunchly defended President Barack Obama’s decision to terminate the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan by the end of […]

Shooting spree brings new push for gun control

Shooting spree brings new push for gun control

Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Sunday he wanted to revive gun control legislation rejected by Congress in the wake of the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre, saying it could have helped prevent this weekend’s deadly California shooting spree. Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program the legislation, which failed last […]

State gay marriage bans falling like dominoes

State gay marriage bans falling like dominoes

Robert Shelby, a former Army combat engineer, knocked over the first domino. As a U.S. district judge — appointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama with support from Utah’s two conservative Republican senators — Shelby ruled last December that the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Since then, in an unbroken string of […]