Clara Ritger

Clara Ritger Clara Ritger is a health care reporter for National Journal. Her multimedia and written work has appeared in outlets across the country including USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Indianapolis Star and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and film, television and theatre.
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Chuck Hagel: ISIL Is 'Beyond Anything' The U.S. Has Seen

August 21, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a grave warning Thursday when asked whether ISIS posed "a 9/11 level threat" to the United States. "This is beyond anything that we've seen," Hagel told reporters at a Pentagon press briefing. "The sophistication of terrorism and ideology married with resources presents a whole new...

Congress Divided Over Iraq Strikes

August 8, 2014 Just hours after President Obama's announcement late Thursday that the U.S. would strike limited targets in Iraq, there already appear to be some divisions in Congress about whether the intervention is warranted—or not enough. On recess until Sept. 8, Congress will have little formal say in Obama's Iraq policy. But...

Congress Is Divided Over the Way Forward in Iraq

August 8, 2014 Just hours after President Obama's announcement late Thursday that the U.S. would strike limited targets in Iraq, there already appear to be some divisions in Congress about whether the intervention is warranted—or not enough. On recess until Sept. 8, Congress will have little formal say in Obama's Iraq policy. But...

Will the Senate Push John Brennan to Resign From the CIA?

August 1, 2014 Democratic Sens. Mark Udall and Martin Heinrich both called for CIA Director John Brennan's resignation late Thursday after the spy agency admitted it had improperly hacked into Senate staffers' computers used during a review of the agency's Bush-era interrogation practices. "After being briefed on the CIA Inspector General report today,...

Republicans Want to Mandate a Vote on the Iran Nuclear Deal

July 24, 2014 A group of Republican senators wants to require President Obama to come to Congress for approval on any nuclear deal with Iran. Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida, John McCain of Arizona, and James Risch of Idaho announced late Wednesday a plan...

Why Congress Is the Biggest Obstacle to Stopping the Next Terrorist Attack

July 23, 2014 The committee established by Congress to advise the government on how to prevent another 9/11-scale attack recommended in its 2004 report that Congress get out of the way of the Department of Homeland Security and let its leaders do their job. A decade later, that still hasn't happened. The Department...

Senators Will Play Nice if Chalabi Is Picked to Lead Iraq

July 9, 2014 Senate Republicans and Democrats express a common sentiment when asked what they think of Ahmad Chalabi. "Not much, but it's not my decision," said Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. "I wouldn't buy a car from him," said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Chalabi, 69, has been named...

Former Bush Advisers Push Old Candidate Chalabi for New Iraq

July 8, 2014 Despite some troubling episodes over the past decade, at least two top advisers to President George W. Bush think Ahmad Chalabi could be the one to save Iraq. Chalabi, 69, is also the one credited with giving the Bush administration tenuous justification for invading Iraq, delivering false intelligence that then-Iraqi...

Republicans Warn Obama Doesn't Have Two Weeks to Mull Iraq

June 26, 2014 The Senate has one foot out the door for the Fourth of July holiday week, and Republican hawks are warning that by the time they get back, it could be too late for Iraq. "By the time we get back it may be a done deal," said Sen. Lindsey Graham...

The Difficult Reintegration of American POW Bowe Bergdahl

June 20, 2014 In 1973, Lt. Cmdr. John McCain published a first-person account of his more than five years in captivity in Vietnam. "As far as this business of solitary confinement goes," McCain wrote in U.S. News & World Report, "the most important thing for survival is communication with someone, even if it's...

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