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When Jerral Hancock came home to Lancaster, Calif., from the Iraq war missing one arm, with another that barely worked and a paralyzed body that was burned all over, he was a hero to the Mojave Desert town, which wears its military pride on its sleeve.
Former Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton died Monday night. The 81-year-old Democrat served as the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee during part of his 34-year career in Congress.
The Navy's top officer said Wednesday that cost-cutting did not weaken the service's security screening system for defense contractors, despite a contractor's shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday that left 12 victims dead.
The government system that provided Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis a "secret" security clearance has been beset by problems.
The security system at the Navy Yard, where Monday's rampage shooting left 13 people dead, was installed by the Navy to cut costs and may be flawed, a member of the House Armed Services Committee said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that his government's plan to have Syria turn over chemical weapons will only work if President Obama calls off his plans for military strikes — something the White House has rejected.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that, in order for Russia's offer to help Syria transfer its chemical weapons to international control to succeed, "the threat of U.S. military action must continue to be very real and credible."
It is industrial strength media and a methodical broadcast blitz. President Obama will grant separate sit-down interviews on the Syria matter to NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, CNN and PBS on Monday afternoon at the White House, all to air on the respective networks Monday night. Ideally, the interviews will function like trailers of an upcoming blockbuster — namely, Mr. Obama's live, prime-time speech to the American public on Syria about 24 hours later.
Two key Republican lawmakers made it clear Sunday that if the White House wants their support on a strike against Syria, President Obama will have to restore funding to the U.S. military that was cut under sequestration.