By Tim Mak | 09/13/13 06:38 AM
Chuck Hagel finds himself as one of the top presidential advisers charged with convincing Congress to authorize the use of military force against Syria, a task at odds with the cautious attitude toward the use of force Hagel developed as a young Army sergeant wounded while fighting in the...
By Tim Mak | 09/10/13 10:54 PM
President Obama: The president put the clout of the White House on the line when he turned to Congress for authorization to attack Syria. But lawmakers turned against his plan, in part because constituents were calling their offices night and day to urge opposition. Having drawn a "red line"...
By Tim Mak | 09/12/13 02:10 PM
An obscure provision in the tax code affecting marijuana sales is giving Republicans, Democrats and conservative anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist the munchies for reform. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., supported by Norquist and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., introduced a bill called the...
By Tim Mak | 09/11/13 06:13 PM
Sen. Ted Cruz dismissed the White House's strategy for the Syrian crisis, saying he could not support a military strike because President Obama sought to fight for international principle rather than America's national interests.
By Tim Mak | 09/10/13 11:29 AM
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Tuesday that the House would vote this week on a stopgap government spending bill, along with a provision that would force the Senate to consider whether the president’s signature health care law should be funded.
By Tim Mak | 09/10/13 10:59 AM
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, reiterated his support for President Obama's plan to intervene militarily in Syria on Tuesday, asking members to provide a "united front" with the president on a critical foreign policy issue.
By Tim Mak | 09/04/13 04:36 PM
After nearly three hours behind closed doors, senators left a classified hearing on Syria unswayed by testimony from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.
By Tim Mak | 09/03/13 06:24 PM
Secretary of State John Kerry told a panel of senators that he couldn’t absolutely rule out the use of U.S. combat troops in Syria if groups hostile to the United States seized any of Syria’s chemical weapons.
By Tim Mak | 08/26/13 05:05 PM
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., on Monday railed against Congress' failed handling of the federal budget process and the automatic budget cuts lawmakers allowed to take effect, but his enthusiasm appeared lost on the federal workers he was addressing in Maryland, all of whom had been spared the worst of...
By Tim Mak | 08/21/13 12:15 PM
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday for disclosing classified documents to Wikileaks and his lawyer immediately announced that he was applying for a presidential pardon. The Bradley Manning Support Network, which raised $1.4 million for Manning's defense,...
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