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Leon Panetta

'You Have to Work with A**holes. That's Democracy. We, in Our Wisdom, Elected Them.'

Carl Pope | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Carl Pope

My annual calendar has two special days, each celebrating a special form of courage. Both, environmentally appropriately, are in the spring. The kind of to attack when it is easy to stand-pat is the theme of the annual June Solidarity PAC lunch.

Obama's Former Syria Ambassador Blasts Administration Policy

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

Robert Ford, the former U.S. ambassador to Syria under President Barack Obama, heavily criticized the administration's Syria policy in an interview wi...

Kathleen Miles

Security Experts Warn Of Potentially Dire Russian Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

Former U.S. security officials warned on Tuesday that Russia may use cyber warfare against the U.S. and Ukraine if tensions between the two sides cont...

I Am a Dog

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 06.15.2014 | Media
Maggie Van Ostrand

I am Cejas Van Ostrand. I am a dog. I am a writer, too. I am the only dog in history ever admitted into the National Society of Newspaper Columnist...

Head of Teachers College Group Sits on Board of Predatory Corinthian Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
David Halperin

Corinthian has a record of poor-quality education programs, sold to students through deceptive recruiting, and the company is now under investigation by more than a dozen state attorneys general and at least four federal law enforcement agencies.

An Unguided Missile to Nowhere

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Mark Pfeifle

MEADS is a case study in how difficult it is to kill any appropriated program, even one that everybody agrees is too expensive, won't be delivered on time -- and won't work even when delivered.

Feinstein vs. CIA Fight Points Up Need for A New 'Church Committee'

William Bradley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If the CIA becomes regarded as monstrous and out of control by not just the usual critics but also by much of the mainstream in the U.S. and around the world -- and they are on that cusp right now -- some of the most important tools in protecting the United States and its interests short of war become, at best, decidedly double-edged swords.

CIA Creates New Scandal Covering Up Old Scandal

The New York Times | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics

It was early December when the Central Intelligence Agency began to suspect it had suffered what it regarded as an embarrassing computer breach....

John Kerry, Prince Charles and The Economist's Ocean Davos

David Helvarg | Posted 05.07.2014 | Green
David Helvarg

"The Economist World Ocean Summit" in Half Moon Bay California at the end of February drew hundreds of attendees. I, and The Economist's Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait, called it "Davos for the Ocean," but I didn't mean that as a compliment.

Email Shows Effort To Shield Osama Bin Laden Photos

AP | STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A newly-released email shows that 11 days after the killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, the U.S. military's top spec...

U.S. Defense Secretary Pushes Military Ethics Reform, Emphasizes 'Competence And Character'

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday he sees no simple answer to why the U.S. military is suffering so many ethical lapses, b...

Tom Pickering Interviews Henry Kissinger on America's Rebalancing Towards the Asia-Pacific

Ali Wyne | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Ali Wyne

Last Wednesday, the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. hosted the Sisco Memorial Forum, established in honor of the late diplomat Joseph Sisco....

CIA Chief Revealed Secret Information To Film Scriptwriter, Documents Reveal

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly declassified documents show Tuesday that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to "Zero Dark Thirty" ...

How to Waste 40 Years

Carl Pope | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

Why not stop exporting jobs and dollars to import oil which we then waste? Why not use our dollars to build our own economy instead of Russia's?

Who Owns The Awful Corinthian Colleges? Wells Fargo, Marc Morial, Pension Funds

David Halperin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David Halperin

We have a disturbing portrait of a company preying on vulnerable people and then covering up its misdeeds with lies. So who is Corinthian Colleges? Who are the owners of this predatory institution?

Obama's Defense Secretaries Question Syria Strategy

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

DALLAS -- President Barack Obama's first two defense secretaries on Tuesday night questioned his Syria strategy and said they would have told him not ...

Shahien Nasiripour

U.S. Probes Whether Student Loan Companies Cheat Soldiers

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether student loan companies are cheating active-duty soldiers as the historically lightly regulated...

Leon Panetta Quits Corinthian Colleges Board; Marc Morial Should, Too

David Halperin | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
David Halperin

Panetta quit Corinthian almost as soon as he joined. Whatever his reason, it's good that he no longer stands as a validator for this troubled company.

Files About Bin Laden Raid Hidden From The Public

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout to be purged ...

Molly O'Toole

Pentagon Officials On Sexual Assault: 'We Are Facing A Societal Problem'

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

As Congress debates the latest National Defense Authorization Act amid rancor over how to best combat the military sexual assault crisis, the Pentagon...

Molly O'Toole

The Next Barrier To Fall For Women In Combat

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

Women may begin to train in some of the most elite units of the U.S. military under plans announced Tuesday, in another step forward following the Pen...

A Huge Step For Women In The Military

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.18.2013 | Women

Thirty-three years after the first women graduated from West Point and almost a full year since the introduction of body-specific armor for female sol...

For-Profit College Analyst Says 'Subprime' Students Are To Blame

David Halperin | Posted 08.06.2013 | College
David Halperin

A Wells Fargo stock analyst, who boosts for-profit colleges while frequently overlooking their abuses, lays the blame for one particularly predatory college's high failure rate at the feet of low-income students, or, as he calls them, "subprime" students.

GOP Rep: CIA Was 'Very Sloppy' With Bin Laden Film

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Several weeks after overseeing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed the name of the raid c...

James Bond Aficionado Obama Sends U.S. Navy Seals to Uruguay: What's Behind The Story?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Now that Venezuela's larger-than-life Hugo Chávez has vanished from the political landscape, what does the future hold for South America?