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Trump Will Be Limited To A Smaller National Security Council Staff

The Huffington Post | S.V. Dáte | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump’s National Security Council will be limited to 200 staff members, the result of legislation arising from...

GOP Quietly Tanks Effort To Include Women In The Draft

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― A surprisingly strong and bipartisan effort to require women to register for the draft failed Tuesday, as negotiators on a defense bill...

Republicans Strip Their Anti-LGBTQ Provision From Defense Bill

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― A massive defense bill set for debate this week will no longer include a provision to allow government contractors to fire employees fo...

This Veteran's Day, Ken And The Barbis Want YOU... To Reach Out To A Vet

Joan K. Smith | Posted 11.11.2016 | Impact
Joan K. Smith

Coming on the heels of a still-bitterly divisive election, Veterans Day this year runs the risk of being overshadowed.

Congress Voted To Give Wells Fargo, Other Banks Free Rent On Military Bases

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Congress debates a lot of serious issues when it considers the defense budget. This summer alone, arguments broke out in the Senate ove...

Dear Americans: This Law Makes It Possible To Arrest And Jail You Indefinitely Anytime

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

The frightening implications of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) In 2014 alone, terrorism killed nearly 30,000 men, women and children. ...

Senate Votes To Include Women In The Draft

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Tuesday to require women to register for the draft, an action with little practical impact anytime soon -- the U.S. has...

Dem Lawmakers Shout "Shame!" As GOP Scrambles To Save Anti-LGBT Provision

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An unexpectedly dramatic scene unfolded on the House floor Thursday as lawmakers clashed over stripping language out of a bill that allo...

House Passes Bill That Lets Government Contractors Fire People For Being LGBT

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The House passed a massive National Defense Authorization Act late Wednesday, and tucked inside of it, a provision that would allow fed...

Lawmakers Are Finally Voting To End A 15-Year-Old War Authorization

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's one of the few bills in Congress that actually matters. And for House lawmakers looking to debate current conflict authorizations, ...

South Carolina Congressman Plots To Deny Funding To The Citadel For Flying The Confederate Flag

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

The Confederate flag hasn't flown over the South Carolina State House since summer, when a racially motivated mass shooting at a historically black ch...

Guantanamo, 14 Years and Counting

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.10.2017 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Guantanamo is not only a symbol of the U.S. failure to fully change course, it is also an ongoing human rights tragedy where the United States continues to imprison 104 men indefinitely, most without charge or trial. What can U.S. condemnation of other nations' human rights abuses mean in the face of 14 years indefinite detention in an offshore prison of men not convicted of any crime?

Obama Hints He Might Use Executive Action To Close Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama hinted at possible plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison through executive action as he signed an updated nati...

Paul Ryan: Paris Attack Was 'Act Of War'

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) used the strongest rhetoric possible to denounce the Paris terrorist attacks Tuesday, calling them "an act of war," b...

Senate Blocks One Of The Last Pathways To Closing Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has closed one of the last remaining pathways for President Barack Obama to fulfill a campaign promise to close the Guantanam...

Global Police, Pre-Crime and the War on Domestic 'Extremists'

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Now connect the dots, from the 2009 Extremism reports to the NDAA and the UN's Strong Cities Network with its globalized police forces, the National Security Agency's far-reaching surveillance networks, and fusion centers that collect and share surveillance data between local, state and federal police agencies.

Senate Sends President Defense Bill He Opposes

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Time to bring out the veto pen, Mr. President. The Senate on Wednesday passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act, sending it ...

Senate Ignores Obama Veto Threat To Advance Defense Bill

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Enough Senate Democrats sided with Republicans on Tuesday to advance a key defense bill, defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama...

Congress Has Introduced 80 Bills To Undermine Endangered Species Protections In 2015

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 09.29.2016 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Many may be surprised to learn about Congress' closeted assault on imperiled wildlife. The public deserves to know because when it comes to this issue, Congressional action is directly contradicting public opinion.

Mitch McConnell's Move Leaves Ted Cruz Out In The Hallway

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senior lawmakers and staff from the House and Senate armed services committees are hammering away on the National Defense Authorization ...

Ali Watkins

Here's Where 2016 GOP Hopefuls Came Down On Torture | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An unlikely cross-aisle coalition in the Senate voted Tuesday to outlaw torture, in an overwhelming affirmation that included quite a fe...

Ali Watkins

Senate Votes To Outlaw Torture | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a landmark showing, lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to outlaw the practice of torture and solidify a noncoercive method of int...

Ali Watkins

In Classified Corners Of Defense Bill, Lawmakers Back Drone Overhaul | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A classified annex to the National Defense Authorization Act seeks to further enable the White House’s long-promised transition to end...

Sage-Grouse Don't Threaten National Security

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 06.08.2016 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Military readiness and the conservation of greater sage-grouse- - an iconic and imperiled bird that makes its home in the American West -- and other imperiled species are not things most Americans would consider at odds with each other... because they aren't.

Jessica Schulberg

Senators Push Iran Sanctions Extension Ahead Of Nuclear Deal Deadline | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With less than a month before the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) filed an ame...