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Sara Sorcher

Sara Sorcher Sara Sorcher is National Journal's national security correspondent. You can find her in the halls of the Pentagon, State Department and Congress covering defense, military and foreign policy issues. Before joining the newsroom in September 2010, Sorcher worked as a freelance journalist in Israel. Her print and video packages have been featured with major outlets including ABC News, The New York Times, TIME, CNN World View and Global Post. Sorcher graduated magna cum laude in Middle Eastern Studies from Tufts University and speaks Hebrew and Arabic.
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Obama signs defense authorization bill, despite 'serious reservations'

January 3, 2012 President Obama signed on Saturday the defense authorization bill, formally ending weeks of heated debate in Congress and intense lobbying by the administration to strip controversial provisions requiring the transfer of some terror suspects to military custody. "I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that ...

$30 billion worth of F-15s sold to Saudi Arabia, White House announces

December 29, 2011 The White House announced the sale of almost $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in the latest sign of U.S. concern about Iran's nuclear program. In recent days, Washington and its Persian Gulf ally signed a formal agreement to send 84 new Boeing F-15 ...

Senate passes Defense authorization bill, Obama to sign into law

December 15, 2011 The Senate passed the 2012 defense authorization bill 86 to 13 on Thursday, sending the mammoth $662 billion bill that contains controversial detainee provisions to President Obama's desk. Just before the House passed the bill by a comfortable margin on Wednesday, the White House dropped its threat to veto the ...

House passes Defense authorization bill; White House drops veto threat

December 15, 2011 The House voted 283-136 to pass the 2012 defense authorization bill on Wednesday that contains controversial provisions requiring military detention for some terrorism suspects. The Obama administration, which had threatened to veto the massive $662 billion defense bill over the detainee provisions, announced it would support the bill. The bill ...

Obama to deploy up to 250 Marines to Australia next year under new pact

November 16, 2011 President Obama unveiled a pact with Australia on Wednesday to build a military presence there as part of the administration's pivot to the Asia-Pacific region. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said America will deploy company-sized rotations of 200 to 250 Marines for about six months at a time starting in ...

Secret Service: Bullet hit White House, stopped by glass

November 16, 2011 The Secret Service said on Tuesday that a bullet hit a White House window last week, but was stopped by ballistic glass. Another round was found on the White House exterior on Tuesday. While police closed off parts of Constitution Avenue near the White House on Friday night to investigate ...

Obama to announce military pact with Australia during visit

November 15, 2011 President Obama is slated to unveil a pact with Australia to expand its military presence there as part of the administration's pivot to the Asia-Pacific region. Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will announce a plan to allow U.S. Marines to use local bases for training and amphibious exercises, ...

Odierno repeats Pentagon warnings against sequestration

November 11, 2011 Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno on Friday reiterated the Pentagon's warnings against the so-called "sequestration" mechanism triggering hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to the defense budget if the super committee fails to agree on a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion. The Pentagon is ...

Poll: Majority back Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Iraq

November 3, 2011 Three out of four Americans support President Obama's announcement to withdraw virtually all American troops from Iraq by the end of the year, according to a new Gallup poll. Seventy-five percent of the 992 Americans surveyed said they supported the plan to pull out the remaining 43,000 U.S. troops in ...

Report: U.S. discussing shift to advisory role in Afghanistan

November 3, 2011 The Obama administration is discussing an accelerated plan to shift the U.S. military into an advisory role in Afghanistan and begin to scale back U.S. combat duties as soon as next year, The Wall Street Journal reports. The plan for a faster hand-off to Afghan leaders has been discussed in ...