Carl Levin

Republicans, Democrats work on backup defense policy bill

Republicans, Democrats work on backup defense policy bill

Facing a standoff in the Senate, the top Democrats and Republicans on Congress’ military panels are working on a backup plan to ensure that they complete a far-reaching defense policy bill before year’s end. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and the panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith of […]

Republicans run into recruiting problems in key Senate races

Republicans are struggling to recruit strong Senate candidates in states that present the party’s best opportunities to reclaim the majority, a sign that the GOP‘s post-2012 soul-searching may end up creeping into the midterm congressional elections. It’s admittedly early, with more than 18 months before the November 2014 elections. But candidate recruitment efforts are well […]

Senate Dems to GOP: Forget your stupid games on Hagel

Senate Dems to GOP: Forget your stupid games on Hagel

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Friday he will press ahead with a vote on Chuck Hagel‘s nomination to be defense secretary, rejecting Republicans demands for more financial information from President Barack Obama’s choice as setting an unprecedented standard. In a letter, Sen. Carl Levin provided a point-by-point rebuttal to the GOP […]

Pie in face for Levin brings criminal charges

Pie in face for Levin brings criminal charges

An anti-war protester who hit Michigan Sen. Carl Levin in the face with an apple pie has been charged with assault. An indictment filed Thursday charges Ahlam Mohsen of Coldwater with two counts of assault against the Democrat while he was meeting with constituents in August in Big Rapids. Her friend Max Kantar of Big […]

Blackwater founder worms his way back into mercenary company

Blackwater founder worms his way back into mercenary company

An investment group with ties to the founder of the company formerly known as Blackwater announced Friday that it has bought the security firm, which was heavily criticized for its contractors’ actions in Iraq. USTC Holdings said in a statement that the acquisition of the company now called Xe Services includes its training facility in […]

U.S. use of mercenaries endanders lives in Afghanistan

U.S. use of mercenaries endanders lives in Afghanistan

U.S. reliance on private security in Afghanistan that is poorly monitored and often results in the hiring of Afghan warlords is profiting the Taliban and could endanger coalition troops, according to a Senate report. Military officials warn, however, that ending the practice of hiring local guards could worsen the security situation. Sen. Carl Levin, chairman […]

Blackwater created shell companies to fool government, public

Blackwater created shell companies to fool government, public

The security company Blackwater Worldwide formed a network of 30 shell companies and subsidiaries to try to get millions of dollars in government business after the company faced strong criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq, The New York Times reported Friday. The newspaper said that it was unclear how many of the created companies got […]

Key Senators express doubts over Afghan war

Key Senators express doubts over Afghan war

Two of the Senate’s leading foreign policy experts expressed doubts Wednesday about the course of the war in Afghanistan, further complicating the Obama administration’s effort to maintain support for the nearly 9-year-old conflict. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it’s not clear that the administration has a solid strategy […]

Congress ready to vote on gay mililtary bills

Congress ready to vote on gay mililtary bills

Congress is set to vote on proposals to let gays serving in the military out of the closet and allow them to serve openly with an end to the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. A bill by Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy could reach the House floor for a vote today. The legislation is a […]