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Rand Paul Gets His Answer on Drones: 'No'

March 7, 2013 Attorney General Eric Holder has answered Sen. Ran Paul's question of whether the government can use a drone to kill an American citizen on American soil if that person is not engaged in combat: "The answer to that question is no." Holder gave the answer in a letter to Paul, ...

Paul Ryan's New Budget Promises Don't Add Up

March 5, 2013 Paul Ryan made two promises, but he can only keep one. As Ryan finishes up the new House Republican budget before he presents it to reporters Wednesday, he's confronting a last-minute problem on Medicare, Politico's Jake Sherman and Jonathan Allen report. He's promised House Republicans that his budget will balance ...

What Time Does the Sequester Start?

February 27, 2013 Because there appears to be no serious effort to stop it before it starts, we have to think about the actual mechanics of the sequester. First question: What time does the sequester actually start? President Obama must sign an order starting the sequester by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 1. ...

John Kerry Proudly Defends America's 'Right to Be Stupid'

February 26, 2013 Brand-new Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech Tuesday proudly defending Americans' "right to be stupid" in front of the very people who are most likely to think Americans are stupid, Europeans. "People have sometimes wondered about why our Supreme Court allows one group or another to march in ...

Fight Over Hagel's Confirmation May Be Ending

February 22, 2013 There are enough votes in the Senate to confirm Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary, the Associated Press' Donna Cassata reports, signaling an end to a loud fight that that always seemed a little fake. Even John McCain, who aggressively questioned Hagel and who last week voted to filibuster in an ...

Post-Love Pentagon, John Allen Is Out

February 20, 2013 President Obama accepted Gen. John Allen's request to retire from the military Tuesday, instead of going forward with his nomination to be supreme commander of NATO. This means the Love Pentagon scandal has ended the careers of two very high-ranking national security officials. Allen's nomination was put on hold when ...

Hillary Clinton Is Running for President, OK?

February 15, 2013 Bill Clinton confirmed Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016, according to Angelo Tsakopoulos, a "real-estate honcho" who's a major donor to Clinton campaigns, the New York Post reports. No kidding? It is time to stop pretending to be surprised at reports that Clinton is running for president. "Hillary ...

17 percent of Marines say they'd quit over women in combat

February 1, 2013 It's only been eight days since the Pentagon announced it would lift its longtime ban on women in combat, and the objections just keep on coming. Seventeen percent of Marines say they'd quit the military if women are allowed in combat roles, according to a survey conducted last summer by ...

Analysis: Republicans on Benghazi

January 24, 2013 As Republicans grilled Hillary Clinton on the Obama administration's response to Benghazi in congressional hearings Wednesday, they repeatedly hit on a talking point that doesn't seem like it'd do them a lot of good: It's been four months. "Here we are, four months later, and we still don’t have the ...

The ban on women in combat will officially end

January 23, 2013 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that the Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat — even though women actually have been serving in war zones for years, according to several news reports. The decision comes less than two weeks after the Army began allowing women to ...