What happened on stage that Saturday night in Hollywood, captured by photographer Billy Bennight and Alexandra's dad Rino Lee, on home video, was a spontaneous and brilliant burst of fireworks just in time for Veteran's Day.
After 223 years you'd think the Coast Guard would have proved its usefulness to the nation. Instead, even after the government shutdown, its essential personnel still face unprecedented funding cuts and growing demands that threaten their ability to operate.
Intelligence gathering is certainly one important aspect of the counterterrorism business, but ultimately the U.S. needs to prosecute and incarcerate these individuals -- and our federal court system remains the most effective way to bring terrorists to justice.
A new report from the Stimson Center -- shows how the Pentagon can make the roughly $50 billion in cuts required by current law. An important assumption underpinning the approach is that the era of large scale, boots-on-the-ground conflicts is over.