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Budget cuts hurt defense

Budget cuts hurt defense

Pentagon officials insist they are not crying wolf when they say proposed budget cuts could severely harm the military. In a detailed and stark warning, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said about $500 billion in automatic budget cuts scheduled to take effect over the next decade could leave the nation with an ill-prepared, underequipped military doomed […]

Harsh Pentagon budget cuts

Harsh Pentagon budget cuts

A second, deeper round of automatic federal budget cuts is on its way, and it’s going to hit the Pentagon hard. Already reeling from a $34 billion budget blow this year due to deficit-driven spending reductions known as sequestration, the Defense Department would feel an additional $20 billion punch in 2014. All told, the Pentagon’s […]

Limits on NSA spying?

Limits on NSA spying?

Senators are questioning top Obama administration officials about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs for the first time since the House narrowly rejected a proposal last week to effectively shut down the NSA’s secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday will include testimony from the No. […]

Open season on leakers

Open season on leakers

The successful prosecution of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning gives a boost to the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of people it believes have leaked national security secrets to the media. Manning was acquitted Tuesday of the most serious charge he faced, aiding the enemy, but he was found guilty by a military judge of enough charges […]

FBI rescues 105 children

FBI rescues 105 children

Declaring child prostitution a “persistent threat” in America, the FBI said Monday that authorities had rescued 105 young people and arrested 150 alleged pimps in a three-day sweep in 76 cities. The agency said it had been monitoring Backpage.com and other websites as a prominent online marketplace for sex for sale. Backpage.com said that it […]

Senate approves FBI director

Senate approves FBI director

Senate leaders are hoping to push three of President Barack Obama’s labor nominees through the chamber, a day after giving him the FBI director he wanted. Senators planned to vote Tuesday on ending delays that have blocked approval of Kent Hirozawa to join the National Labor Relations Board. Democratic leaders were hoping that by day’s […]

Did Secret Service kill Kennedy?

Did Secret Service kill Kennedy?

Weeks before the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination this fall, ReelzChannel will take another look at the killing in a docudrama that suggests a Secret Service agent fired one of the bullets that felled Kennedy. “JFK: The Smoking Gun” is based on the work of retired Australian police Detective Colin McLaren and […]