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    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.

  • Pentagon says Benghazi probes cost millions

    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.

  • In this Jan. 21, 2014, photo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel , is interviewed by The Associated Press about her proposal to let military prosecutors rather than commanders make decisions on whether to prosecute sexual assaults in the military, in her Capitol Hill office in Washington. The Senate is heading for a showdown over contentious legislation to curb sexual assaults in the military by taking away the authority of senior commanders to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses. A highly anticipated vote on the bill sponsored by Gillibrand, could come as early as Thursday, March 6, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases

    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.

  • "We haven't debated the [National Security Agency]. We haven't debated this issue of sexual assault, the [Iran] sanctions, the detainee issue," Arizona Sen. John McCain said of a defense policy bill. But the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee said he would vote for the bill. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    Senators work late on 'take it or leave it' defense bill that ignores big issues

    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.

  • Republicans vow to hold out for data before vote on Hagel

    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.

  • Senate panel approves Hagel for Pentagon chief

    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.

  • Hagel

    Senate panel sets vote on defense pick Hagel

    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.

  • From left: Former Sens. John W. Warner of Virginia, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Sam Nunn of Georgia arrive Jan. 31, 2013, on Capitol Hill to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee at Hagel's confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of Defense. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Defense secretary nominee Hagel roughed up by friendly fire

    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."

  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    GAFFNEY: Chuck Hagel's easy contempt for the U.S. Senate

    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.

  • Inside Politics

    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."

  • Levin

    Senate defies threat of veto in terrorist custody vote

    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.

  • Levin

    Senators strike deal on interrogations of terrorism suspects

    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.

  • Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican

    MILLER: Debt deal encircles Pentagon

    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.

  • House bill cuts funds for F-35 jet engine

    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.

  • **FILE** In this March 26, 2007 photo, Andrew Chapin of New York City takes part in a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington supporting legislative efforts to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gay soldiers. (Associated Press)

    Survey counters backing of gays in military

    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.

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