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12 Things to Keep in Mind When You Read the Torture Report

Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

The review of CIA interrogation methods during George W. Bush's presidency has been the subject of a contentious back-and-forth, with U.S. intelligence agencies and the White House on one side pushing for mass redactions in the name of national security and committee staffers on the other arguing that the proposed redactions render the report unintelligible.

'President' McCain and His 'Shadow Cabinet'

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

John McCain would much rather have been elected president back in 2008, but for a man who was soundly defeated by Obama, being a Shadow President against that very same man is the perhaps the second-best thing that he could have hoped for.

No Iraqi Training Until Congress Approves the Money

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.

The Two Senate Republicans Who Won on Tuesday Night

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

You can call it a "wave," a "thumpin'," or a "shellacking," but whatever term that the pundits and politicians use, it's quite clear that the Republican Party made a loud statement on Election Night.

Ali Watkins

Here Come The Hawks: Foreign Policy Under A GOP Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Republicans take the reins of the Senate in January, they'll bring a new round of international hawks into the upper chamber. And w...

GOP Senator Gives Final OK To Shift $700 Million To Fight Ebola

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful GOP senator lifted his objections Friday to a $750 million Pentagon request to fight Ebola in Africa, freeing up the mo...

Michael McAuliff

Senate ISIS Hearing Raises Specter Of Escalating War, Ground Forces

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America's top military officials on Tuesday made the case for President Barack Obama's strategy to target the Islamic State, in a Senate...

Chuck Hagel: ISIS Threat 'Not A West vs. East Issue'

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made clear during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday that the ongoing U.S. involvement in a campaign a...

The Military Battles Climate Change

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

With a nod to the fact that the conversation has reached a partisan and polarized level, the Board maintained that this tangible "national security concern" cannot afford to get bogged down by politics or budget wrangling.

White House Threatens Veto Of Defense Bill

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening a veto of the House version of a $601 billion defense bill over election-year moves to spare weapon...

Top U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Says Al-Qaida In 'Survival Mode'

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says al-Qaida is in "survival mode," but that if all international forces left this year, th...

Pentagon Top Brass Should Explain How This War Will End

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama was right when he said "democracy demands" that all wars must end. Last month, he reaffirmed he wants to move America "off a permanent war footing" in his State of the Union address. Now is the time for senior Pentagon officials to explain the steps they'll take to get us there.

2013: An Important Year Toward the End of Torture

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

2014 could be a very important year in the effort to ensure that U.S.-sponsored torture never happens again. The number of detainees at Guantanamo could decrease significantly, the Senate Intelligence Committee could release its report on torture, and Congress could begin to create legislation on the basis of this report.

Failure Not an Option?: Sexual Violence and the U.S. Military

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jack Healey

Where is Hilary Clinton in this fight? Where is the National Organization of Women? Equality Now? Amnesty International? Where is the sustained fight for human rights within the military?

Tea Party Favorites

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics

* Gillibrand sees 51 votes for bill * Conservatives back shift away from chain of command By Patricia Zengerle ...

Molly O'Toole

Military Sexual Assault Reform Faces Big Complication

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a string of high-profile sexual assault scandals continues to plague the military, leaders in the Department of Defense, Congress and...

Let's Put Victims First in Addressing Military Sexual Assault

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

It pains me to think of how survivors of military sexual assault must feel as they witness this ongoing debate between Congress and military officials, which will affect their fate on a deeply personal level. We must be asking ourselves how we can support victims of these crimes.

Jason Linkins

Republican Senator Says Sexual Assaults Stem From 'Culture That's Awash In Sexual Activity'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) on Tuesday attributed incidents of sexual assault in the military to "the hormone level in nature," which is weird, be...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Senator Attributes Military Sexual Assaults To 'Hormone Level Created By Nature'

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) called on the military to do more to crack down on sexual assault in its ranks on Tuesday, while also worry...

Molly O'Toole

Military Brass Pushes Back Against Congressional Reforms To Reduce Sexual Assault

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The witness table stretched across the front of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing room Tuesday, ready for testimony from 20 pe...

The Next Sandra Fluke?

National Journal | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

​House Republicans set off a firestorm last year when they held a hearing on contraception without inviting any women. ...

'Cyberterrorism': A Grave Threat or Over-hyped?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Dorian de Wind

We now talk about a "cyber domain" -- i.e., a military domain similar to the air, land, sea or space domains where the military already operates in -- as a new domain of warfare. We also talk about cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, a "cyber 9/11" and even "cyber Pearl Harbor."

Justice for Veterans Sexually Assaulted in the Military

Cynthia Dill | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

We must develop a strategy to redress the wrongs that have been done to these soldiers, sailors and marines. Our nation -- and these male and female survivors of sexual violence -- cannot afford piecemeal, expensive, time-consuming litigation.

The End of America as We Know It

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

International situations deteriorate and become more difficult than if addressed early. Uneducated kids become costly adults. The examples are endless, but nothing stands still, and nothing gets better through neglect.

Luke Johnson

Hagel Passes Confirmation Test

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel passed the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday afternoon, marking a significant step forwar...