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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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Counterterrorism Chief Names Top Security Threat for 2014

December 19, 2013 Next year's single greatest terrorist threat will come from Syria. That's the word from National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen, who said extremists are taking advantage of the chaos created by the Syrian civil war to create a threat to U.S. security. A hodgepodge of rebel groups are battling strongman ...

Let Supreme Court Decide if NSA Surveillance Is Constitutional, Key Senator Says

December 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal judge's ruling that the National Security Agency's surveillance programs are likely unconstitutional sent shock waves through Congress, which remains divided over how much—or whether—to curtail the NSA's data collection. As some members concerned about safeguarding civil liberties seized Monday's opinion as a sign of progress, Senate Intelligence Committee ...

Feinstein: Let Supreme Court Decide the Fate of NSA's Surveillance Programs

December 18, 2013 A federal judge's ruling that the National Security Agency's surveillance programs are likely unconstitutional sent shock waves through Congress, which remains divided over how much—or whether—to curtail the NSA's data collection. As some members concerned about safeguarding civil liberties seized Monday's opinion as a sign of progress, Senate Intelligence Committee ...

The Iran Deal Hasn't Collapsed

December 16, 2013 Accusing the U.S. of violating "the spirit" of last month's interim deal, Iran stopped negotiations with world powers in Vienna over how to curb its nuclear program—just one day after Washington announced new sanctions against companies and individuals found supporting Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Diplomats are downplaying Tehran's decision to end ...

Budget Agreement Eases Pentagon's Sequester Pain

December 11, 2013 The two-year budget agreement is a positive development for defense watchers -- mitigating about half the sequester cuts expected to gouge the defense budget in fiscal year 2014. The agreement, announced Tuesday night by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would ...

Budget Agreement Eases Pentagon's Sequester Pain

December 10, 2013 The two-year budget agreement is a positive development for defense watchers—mitigating about half the sequester cuts expected to gouge the defense budget in fiscal year 2014. The agreement, announced Tuesday night by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would provide $63 ...

Expect Kerry, Congress to Clash Over Fragile Iran Nuclear Deal

December 10, 2013 President Obama thinks his administration has won a key victory in striking a nuclear accord with Iran, and he’s asking his secretary of State to protect it. But when John Kerry comes to Congress on Tuesday in the hopes of persuading Congress to back the pact, he should count on ...

House Intel Chair Slams White House Outreach to Syria's Islamist Rebels

December 6, 2013 House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers slammed the Obama administration's outreach to Syria's Islamist rebels to encourage them to support a peace conference early next year, just one day after senior officials indicated religious fighters may play a key role in reaching a diplomatic solution to end the bloody conflict. "You ...

Congress to Karzai: Sign the Security Pact Already!

December 5, 2013 As of last weekend, the much-anticipated security pact governing the future of American troops in Afghanistan looked good to go. Days after Secretary of State John Kerry triumphantly announced agreement on the final language, a convention of Afghanistan’s 2,500 tribal elders gave their approval. Yet there was one last-minute—and surprising—roadblock ...

How the U.S. Will Dispose of Syria's Chemical Weapons

December 4, 2013 The U.S. narrowly avoided military action in Syria after Bashar al-Assad pledged to rid his country of chemical weapons. But now it appears that Washington, barring any better options, will have to destroy the most lethal elements of Syria's stockpiles. That process will be dangerous—and potentially very expensive. As the ...