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Topic - Ike Skelton
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 on Friday announced it would name a combat ship after former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who resigned from Congress last month to recover from a grievous gunshot wound she suffered in January 2011.
Departing House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton said Thursday that he fears a chasm will develop between U.S. military troops and the rest of the citizenry.
Neither rookies nor seasoned veterans were spared in Tuesday's House Democratic bloodbath, which saw Republicans defeat three major committee chairmen and at least seven lawmakers who had 20 years' seniority or more in Congress.
Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi uttered powerful words upon becoming speaker of the House: "I accept this gavel in the spirit of partnership, not partisanship, and look forward to working with you on behalf of the American people." What happened to that pledge?
Liberals of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) left are really angry now. On Sept. 21, despite their multimillion-dollar public-relations and lobbying campaign, the U.S. Senate refused to impose a radical social experiment on the American military. Had the LGBT forces prevailed, military men and women would be required to pay the price. Liberals in Congress don't care - in the debate so far, they have treated the troops as an afterthought.
Rep. Ike Skelton, the rural Missouri chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is waging a military campaign to retain his congressional seat in the face of his most formidable opposition in more than a decade.
One of the GOP's most conservative senators and a "tea party" favorite, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, says the Republican Party will be "dead" if it fails to live up to its principles again.
Conservative groups are up and running with new, hybrid organizations this election cycle that have more freedom and spending power than traditional nonprofits and think tanks to go after President Obama and the Democratic-led Congress.
A bipartisan, congressionally mandated defense panel on Thursday challenged the Pentagon to broaden its focus beyond counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq and expand the Navy to deal with threats from rising powers in Asia.
Angry lawmakers on Wednesday sharply questioned the Army on its confusion over the location of some veterans' remains at Arlington National Cemetery, as service officials described what they called the "laborious" process of ensuring every grave was properly identified.
Three months after abortion nearly derailed President Obama's health care bill, the hot-button issue is back before Congress with an amendment to the Senate's defense policy bill that would end the military's long-established ban on allowing abortions in its overseas hospitals.
The House on Wednesday soundly defeated a resolution setting a timetable for withdrawal, marking the chamber's first full debate on the war since Obama's surge announcement.
The House on Wednesday soundly defeated a resolution setting a timetable for withdrawal, marking the chamber's first debate on that war since the surge was announced.
House Republicans are so confident of making major electoral gains this year that they're now daring some senior Democrats not to retire and instead face defeat at the ballot box.
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2005 file photo, Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., ranking democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, speaks during a news conference in Washington.
House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton on Friday said the Obama administration may be making a big mistake by trying in U.S. criminal courts the men accused of planning the Sept. 11 attacks, becoming the highest-ranking Democrat to publicly question the decision announced last week by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.