A U.S. judge sentenced a reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to 22 years in prison Monday for his role in a $1 billion trafficking conspiracy, saying the stiff sentence should send a message to traffickers everywhere.
President Obama’s short list of possible replacements for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel includes Michele Flournoy as its front-runner, sources close to the administration said Monday, creating the possibility that the former undersecretary of defense for policy could become the first women to head the Pentagon.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, ousted Monday by the White House for his internal criticism of President Obama’s national security policies, once called President George W. Bush the worst commander-in-chief ever.
President Obama on Monday accepted the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, creating a vacancy at the Pentagon at a time when the U.S. is battling the Islamic State in the Middle East, dealing with a shrinking budget at the Defense Department and grappling with a number of other foreign-policy challenges and international crises.
The lockdown at Fort Sam Houston has been lifted and one man arrested, after authorities said he drove through the entrance gate without stopping — sending bomb teams into alert mode.
The CIA’s main reason for setting up shop in Benghazi was to uncover the plans of al Qaeda-linked extremists, yet its officers there detected no sign that terrorists were set to launch the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and the agency’s own compound, a new House Intelligence Committee report shows.
Former Texas congressman and presidential contender Ron Paul is hailing last week’s defeat of a Senate bill that would have halted the NSA’s phone-snooping program as a “victory for freedom.”
Even though there have been at least two dozen mass breaches of government computer systems since 2013, many federal agencies continue to have a lax culture and poor security provisions to repel the growing threat from hackers and cyberattacking states such as Russia, Iran and China, internal investigative reports show.
The deadline for the P5+1 powers and Iran to reach a deal on nuclear power is Monday, but Israel — hardly confident — is starting to talk about a preemptive strike as the only logical solution.
U.S. and Iranian officials appeared close on Sunday to extending the high-stakes talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program after failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for a deal that would open the program to close international scrutiny in exchange for a withdrawal of crippling Western sanctions on Tehran.
The White House says President Obama’s new executive action on immigration cleared nearly 5 million illegal immigrants from any danger of deportation, but that still leaves more than half the population currently in the U.S. illegally in at least some fear of being kicked out.
Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, said Sunday that he approved of the actions in the president’s immigration executive order — it’s the way the president issued the changes that could make compromise more difficult in Washington.