By Tim Mak | 11/25/13 08:02 AM
Zakheim sat down with the Washington Examiner to talk about the stalled defense authorization bill, his time on the Romney campaign, “entering the family business” of defense policy, and what’s next for the Authorization for Use of Military Force.
By Tim Mak | 11/21/13 06:02 PM
The Senate adjourned for a two-week Thanksgiving recess Thursday without completing work on an annual defense policy bill that members on both sides of the aisle deemed crucial to national security. Republican senators blocked a procedural motion to end debate on the National Defense...
By Tim Mak | 11/21/13 03:54 PM
The Senate's decision to invoke the "nuclear option" and limit Republican opportunities to use the filibuster had the side-effect of blowing up work on the annual Pentagon policy legislation the body was considering Thursday. Senators debated the defense bill into the evening on Wednesday, but...
By Tim Mak | 11/21/13 11:52 AM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pledged Thursday to advance a bipartisan effort to tighten U.S. economic sanctions on Iran in December despite the White House's plea that Congress not intervene while the administration is talking with Tehran about its nuclear program.
By Tim Mak | 11/19/13 06:33 PM
In a 55-43 vote, the Senate rejected legislation introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., to limit the transfer of detainees to countries that pose a security risk. It also proposed a prohibition on the transfer of detainees to the United States, for medical treatment or trial.
By Tim Mak | 11/19/13 01:27 PM
The Senate opened debate Tuesday on the annual Pentagon policy legislation with serious disagreements over reforms needed to address the growing problem of sexual assaults in the military. The issue has virtually erased the usual partisan divides. Tea party favorite Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is...
By Tim Mak | 11/17/13 11:54 AM
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Sunday declined to apologize for promises made during the passage of Obamacare that Americans could keep the insurance plans they had under the health care law. President Obama earlier this month apologized for that promise as millions of...
By Tim Mak | 11/17/13 10:23 AM
Liz Cheney tried Sunday to highlight her criticisms of Sen. Mike Enzi, a fellow Republican whom she is challenging in the heated Wyoming GOP senatorial primary. Her top contention: negotiating with Democrats on most major issues is unacceptable. "Legislating is about knowing where to draw...
By Tim Mak | 11/15/13 05:20 AM
The Senate is set to begin debating the country’s annual defense policy legislation, a perennially controversial task lawmakers hope to wrap up by Thanksgiving.
By Tim Mak | 11/11/13 01:44 PM
This is the last Veterans Day that America will mark with combat troops still stationed in Afghanistan, and the country's sense of apathy over that war and those still fighting it has only grown over a dozen years of conflict.
By Tim Mak | 11/08/13 06:54 AM
With negotiations over Iran's nuclear program under way in Geneva, Congress is weighing whether to impose stricter economic sanctions that would increase pressure on Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
By Tim Mak | 11/08/13 05:15 AM
Can we bank on the tank? In an age of Pentagon budget austerity, it is common to play down the need for armored, tracked vehicles.
By Tim Mak | 11/04/13 06:24 PM
President Obama met privately Monday with two officials tasked with closing the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, the White House announced. "The president reiterated that he remains fully committed to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, and made clear that the special...
By Tim Mak | 11/01/13 05:11 AM
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA -- When 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appears before the military commission trying him for war crimes, his day starts early, with a lawyer arriving at his cell around 5 a.m.
By Tim Mak | 10/31/13 03:37 PM
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has written a $4,600 check to the U.S. Treasury to show solidarity with furloughed Pentagon employees, his spokesman told the Washington Examiner. Hagel quietly wrote the check immediately after the federal government shutdown ended in mid-October. He had...
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