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By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
Topic - Armed Services Committee
A House Republican chairman is doggedly pursuing the question of whether military personnel were told to "stand down" during the 2012 deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, despite the insistence of military leaders and other Republicans that it never happened.
Congress' multiple investigations of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, have cost the Pentagon millions of dollars and thousands of hours of personnel time, according to the department.
The Senate on Thursday blocked a bill that would have stripped senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses, capping an emotional, nearly yearlong fight over how best to curb sexual assault in the ranks.
The Senate labored into the night Thursday on a vote to clear a massive defense policy bill that ignores many of the big issues such as Iran's nuclear program and government mass-snooping programs, after Democratic leaders blocked all amendments and forced what one senator called a "take it or leave it" vote.
Democrats pressed ahead Wednesday with Chuck Hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense, scheduling a showdown vote for Friday even as top Republicans signaled that they need more information before confirming him for the Pentagon's top civilian post.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Senate panel on Tuesday approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation's defense secretary in a rancorous session at which Republican questioned the former GOP senator's truthfulness and challenged his patriotism.
Democrats on Monday said they will press ahead with Chuck Hagel's nomination to be the next secretary of defense, daring Republicans to try to derail his nomination over charges that neither he nor the Obama administration have disclosed enough information.
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel appears to face an even steeper climb to become the next defense secretary after a rocky confirmation hearing Thursday in which his fellow Republicans blasted him for positions on issues and for what they called his willingness to alter positions "for the sake of political expediency."
In the run-up to the Senate Armed Services Committee's hearing Thursday on Chuck Hagel's fitness to become the next secretary of defense, its members have been treated to the spectacle of the nominee spinning like a prima ballerina.
Sen. John McCain says the world is better off now that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died, and predicted the dictator would join the likes of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin "in a warm corner in hell."
Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the Senate voted Tuesday to preserve language that would give the U.S. military a crack at al Qaeda operatives captured in the U.S., even if they are American citizens.
The top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee broke with President Obama Tuesday and struck a deal with Republicans on the contentious issue of handling and prosecuting terrorism-suspect detainees, clearing the way for the defense-policy bill to be voted on next week.
The ink wasn't dry on the debt-ceiling law on Tuesday before President Obama began plotting his strategy to slash the military budget. A White House statement proudly acknowledged the deal would gut $350 billion from the already stretched armed services, and Democrats expect the new congressional joint committee to make deeper cuts in the months ahead.
The House Appropriations Committee's defense spending bill calls for blocking all funds for developing an alternate F-35 jet engine, putting the panel's bill at odds with the Armed Services Committee's legislation permitting continued engine development.
A group opposed to ending the ban on openly gay troops in the military has released a national survey that challenges earlier independent polls asserting that a wide percentage of Americans favor repealing the ban.