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Jordain Carney

National Journal Jordain Carney is a defense reporter at National Journal. She previously worked as a staff writer for the Hotline, covering congressional and gubernatorial elections in the South. Jordain graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in English, political science, and journalism.
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Pentagon Signs Off on Plan for Striking ISIS in Syria

September 18, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey have signed off on a plan to strike ISIS in Syria, but it has not yet been approved by President Obama. The plan, put together by the U.S. Central Command, "includes targeted actions against [ISIS] safe havens in Syria—including its command and ...

Senator Tries to Help Frustrated Military Drivers With #OopsWeLostYourCar

September 17, 2014 After hundreds of soldiers have complained of waiting months to get their cars after moving to a new military base, one senator is taking to Twitter to offer help, using the hash tag #oopswelostyourcar. #milfam - if @IALpov has lost your car, I am here to help: http://t.co/mdQ5Do4o12 #oopswelostyourcar — ...

The VA Scandal Isn't Going Away

September 9, 2014 The top watchdog for the Veterans Affairs Department said Tuesday that it appears that the majority of the 93 VA facilities now under investigation were intentionally manipulating data, which could lead to a fresh round of drama for the embattled agency. Richard Griffin, the acting VA inspector general, told members ...

The VA's Troubles (Still) Aren't Going Anywhere

September 9, 2014 The top watchdog for the Veterans Affairs Department said Tuesday that it appears that the majority of the 93 VA facilities now under investigation were intentionally manipulating data, which could lead to a fresh round of drama for the embattled agency. Richard Griffin, the acting VA inspector general, told members ...

ISIL Has Been Bombing Baghdad for Years

August 12, 2014 Administration officials have said repeatedly that the United States will launch airstrikes if ISIL advances on Baghdad, but the Sunni militant group has carried out attacks in and around the capital for years. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria estimates that it carried out 641 total operations in Baghdad ...

VA Reform Bill Heads to President Obama's Desk

August 1, 2014 A bill that reforms the besieged Veterans Affairs health system headed toward the president's desk Thursday, but other veterans legislation remains stubbornly stuck in the halls of Congress. The 91-to-3 vote in the Senate on Thursday comes a day after the proposal got near-unanimous approval in the House. The legislation ...

VA Reform Bill Clears Senate, Heads to Obama's Desk

July 31, 2014 A bill that reforms the besieged Veterans Affairs health system headed toward the president's desk Thursday, but other veterans legislation remains stubbornly stuck in the halls of Congress. The 91-to-3 vote in the Senate on Thursday comes a day after the proposal got near-unanimous approval in the House. The legislation ...

Will the Syrian Torture Photos Compel Congress to Act?

July 31, 2014 Lawmakers reacted with outrage and horror at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Thursday that featured photos of people who had been starved, tortured, and killed in Syria. But they also seemed at a loss for finding an immediate solution to the crisis. Committee Chairman Ed Royce said the photos ...

Meet the Man Now Responsible for Solving the VA Crisis

July 29, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department has a new secretary, with senators voting 97-0 Tuesday to confirm Robert McDonald. The strong bipartisan support for the former Procter & Gamble CEO is hardly a surprise. Senators from both sides of the aisle lavished praise on the nominee throughout his confirmation process. "I am ...

Meet the Man Now Responsible for Solving the VA Crisis

July 29, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department has a new secretary, with senators voting 97-0 Tuesday to confirm Robert McDonald. The strong bipartisan support for the former Procter & Gamble CEO is hardly a surprise. Senators from both sides of the aisle lavished praise on the nominee throughout his confirmation process. "I am ...