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Gingrich vows to strengthen 'fundamentally timid' spy agencies

March 6, 2012 GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pledged on Tuesday that if elected, he would overhaul the State Department, strengthen the intelligence community, and increase “our understanding of the threat of radical Islam” to aid Israel. “We need an administration with the courage to say the words ‘radical Islam,’” Gingrich said in...

Cut! Capitol-security issues crimp moviemakers' style

February 23, 2012 When Crystal Palmer became director of the Washington, D.C., Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, it was a position no one gave much attention. But 20 years later, as the architect of the Capitol considers whether to allow film crews to feature any shots of the Capitol building, Palmer...

A Gingrich administration could be expensive

January 31, 2012 Newt Gingrich has branded himself a visionary politician since his days in Congress and prides himself on his grand -- some would say even grandiose -- ideas for transforming the nation. That propensity to think big extends to all parts of his presidential platform, from tax reform to the space...

Obama to appoint Cordray as head of consumer bureau

January 4, 2012 President Obama will announce Wednesday that he will appoint Richard Cordray as head of the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during the Senate's recess, the White House said. The appointment comes to the dismay of Senate Republicans, who blocked Cordray's nomination in order to weaken the bureau. Speaking in a...

Obama thanks Congress for passing bill, says more work ahead

December 23, 2011 After thanking lawmakers for finally reaching agreement on a temporary extension of the payroll-tax cut, President Obama said there was more work to do in the new year. "When Congress returns I urge them to keep working, without drama, without delay, to reach an agreement that extends this tax cut...

Medal of Honor recipient settles lawsuit with BAE

December 16, 2011 Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the latest recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, settled a lawsuit Friday with defense contractor BAE, according to The Wall Street Journal. The settlement comes two days after McClatchy newspapers challenged the heroic narrative that won Meyer the medal, calling its details "untrue, unsubstantiated or...

In Fort Bragg, military families brace for economic 'perfect storm'

December 14, 2011 Ten years of war has made Fort Bragg, N.C., and the neighboring city of Fayetteville a magnet for federal support and sympathy. But as the war in Iraq comes to an end this month, base and city officials hope President Obama will use his visit on Wednesday to allay their...

58 die in Afghanistan suicide attacks targeting Shiites

December 6, 2011 Three suicide bomb attacks in Afghanistan left at least 58 dead on Tuesday, the Ashura holy day observed by Shiite Muslims. Various reports confirm that 54 were killed in Kabul when a bomber threw himself into a crowd that had gathered at Abul Fazl shrine to worship. Four were killed...

Biden makes unannounced stop in Baghdad

November 29, 2011 Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced stop in Baghdad on Tuesday to meet with Iraqi leaders and thank U.S. troops before they withdraw from the region at the end of the year. The White House said planning for the vice president's trip was kept secret for security reasons. While...

Obama at Key Bridge: Stalling infrastructure bill 'makes absolutely no sense'

November 2, 2011 Making the case once again for a federal infrastructure bank, President Obama spoke on Wednesday at Key Bridge, which spans between D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood and Arlington, Va. The speech is well-timed, given that the Senate is expected to vote on Obama's infrastructure bill Thursday, but it is unlikely to garner...

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