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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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Suspicious package found near Pentagon

June 17, 2011 Police took one person into custody early Friday morning when a suspicious package was found in a car near the Pentagon. The suspicious vehicle was found in bushes near the Pentagon's north parking lot. A U.S. official "said police found a suspicious person near Arlington National Cemetery and the person ...

Senate panel approves Panetta for Defense secretary

June 14, 2011 The Senate Armed Services Committee approved CIA chief Leon Panetta to be the next Defense Secretary in a unanimous voice vote Tuesday. The widely expected move was immediately reported to the floor following the Committee's action. The confirmation is expected this month. The former White House Office of Management and ...

National Archives posts declassified Pentagon Papers online

June 13, 2011 Until now, there has never been a complete, unredacted text of the Pentagon Papers, the massive report that showed the government lied about the state of the Vietnam War. The National Archives' release of the full report on Monday marks a historic moment, timed to coincide with the anniversary of ...

Space shuttle Endeavour makes its final landing

June 1, 2011 The space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six landed for the last time early Wednesday morning, completing their 16-day mission to outfit the International Space Station. At 2:35 a.m., shuttle commander Mark Kelly touched down on a brightly lit landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center. Kelly left behind ...

Top officials warn against leaks in wake of bin Laden raid

May 19, 2011 In the frenzy of media coverage in the days after the covert U.S. operation that killed Osama bin Laden, top intelligence and military officials have been warning publicly and privately that leaks of operational details relating to the raid will be investigated and leakers could be prosecuted. In a letter ...

Navy suspends guidelines for same-sex marriages on bases

May 11, 2011 Following criticism from a group of Republican lawmakers, the Navy has abruptly suspended its guidelines for implementing the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" that would have allowed same-sex couples to get married on military bases in states where such unions are legal. Chief of Navy Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark ...

General: Militants more likely to surrender after bin Laden's death

May 10, 2011 The top American general in eastern Afghanistan hopes that the death of Osama bin Laden will revitalize flagging efforts to reintegrate militants into Afghan society, a key U.S. priority that has so far failed to reduce the country's endemic violence. "This was the No. 1 guy for al Qaeda. And ...

Bin Laden's last tape threatens new attacks if U.S. continues to support Israel

May 9, 2011 In what is reported to be his last missive, Osama bin Laden threatened President Obama with renewed attacks as long as the U.S. continues to support Israel. Just one week later, the al Qaeda leader was killed at the hands of a covert team of Navy SEALs while hiding in ...

Threats of retaliatory attacks loom

May 2, 2011 As the world's attention turns to Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden had been virtually hiding in the open, that country's ambassador to the U.S. urged people to stop speculating whether the Pakistani government was helping him elude capture. "The important thing to understand is Pakistan is a nation of 180 ...

U.S., U.K. defense chiefs united on Libya for now

April 27, 2011 NATO is reportedly stepping up its airstrikes on Libyan government command and control centers, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates stuck to Washington's position that Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi was not the main target. He met with his British counterpart Liam Fox for several hours on Tuesday, and both struck a ...