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Washington tries to tackle hackers behind Sony attack

 Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response. But the White House was not ready to put the blame on North […] Read More →

Censure Obama and Move On: Impeachment Would Only Damage Republicans

Ralph Benko,  There has been much consternation expressed about President Obama’s extralegal actions, especially suspending deportation of certain classes of undocumented aliens. Impeachment legally and politically would be completely unwarranted. There are other ways for the GOP to impose consequences. The president’s dereliction of duty, although infuriating, does not rise to the level of high […] Read More →

Cheney defends CIA interrogation techniques, calls Senate report ‘deeply flawed’

 Former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed the recently released Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques Wednesday, calling it “full of crap,” and a “terrible piece of work” that was “deeply flawed.” Cheney, speaking on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” said some of the controversial techniques used on militants had been previously tested and […] Read More →

White House backs release of CIA interrogation report despite security warnings

 The White House on Monday backed the release of a long-anticipated report on the CIA’s interrogation techniques, despite warnings from within the administration and from lawmakers that it could lead to a backlash against Americans around the world.  Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration has been preparing “for months” for the report’s release, which […] Read More →

Obama, GOP-led Congress prepare for veto showdowns

 Veto brinkmanship between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama was virtually absent in his first six years in office, but it’s about to unleash itself on Washington. Until now, controversial Republican-backed legislation rarely reached the president’s desk because Senate Democrats blocked it. Starting in January, however, Republicans will control both the House and Senate, and […] Read More →

Obama wants to put sanctions on Israel? Congress is fighting back

 President Barack Obama’s administration is reportedly considering putting some muscle behind its opposition to new settlement construction by Israelis in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to reports, the administration is weighing the possibility of imposing sanctions on the Israeli government. “Senior Israeli officials said that White House officials held a classified discussion a […] Read More →

Obama shakes up Pentagon leadership, not policy

 The nomination of policy wonk Ashton Carter to lead the Defense Department marks the most significant change to President Barack Obama’s beleaguered national security team in nearly two years. But there is little indication the shake-up portends a broader shift in administration policy — nor is it clear that Carter can break into the president’s […] Read More →

Jobs Report: Employers Tweaking Hiring Habits

Like New Year’s resolutions to eat less and exercise more, a pledge signed by 330 companies in January to ensure long-term jobless Americans aren’t subject to hiring biases hasn’t been easy to keep. Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) and Walgreen Co. (WAG) are among businesses trying to fulfill the promise by tweaking screening practices to ensure […] Read More →

Obama Proposes $263M Fund for Police Body Cameras

 President Obama on Monday proposed spending $263 million to help equip the nation’s law enforcement officials with body cameras. The three-year investment package would also expand training for law enforcement agencies (LEAs), add more resources for police department reform, and multiply the number of cities where DOJ facilitates community and local LEA engagement, the White […] Read More →