By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
North Korea's newest batch of future soldiers — scrawny 11-year-olds with freshly shaved heads — punch the air as they practice taekwondo on the grounds of the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School. Students and teachers here say they're studying harder these days to prepare for a fight.
When President Obama travels to Texas later this month to help dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, he will spend the night before at a fundraiser in Dallas, a move that significantly cuts the cost of the travel for the Democratic Party as it builds its 2014 campaign war chest.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other gun control advocates insisted Wednesday that both momentum and public opinion are on their side, but recent polling shows Americans turning against stricter laws as more time elapses since the Newtown shootings.
For months now, the United States has been training secular Syrian fighters in Jordan with the goal of bolstering the array of forces battling President Bashar Assad's regime while at the same time strengthening the hand of moderates among the country's fractured opposition, American and foreign officials said. They said the effort is ongoing.
The battle for public opinion on gay marriage will be in full swing Tuesday, with supporters and opponents rallying on the streets as the U.S. Supreme Court begins two days of oral arguments on two landmark cases.
News outlets have reported with much fanfare that President Obama will soon fire up Air Force One and travel around the nation in campaign mode, making his case for gun control. And in its own halting way, the White House officially confirmed this Monday during the daily press briefing, where a hefty part of the questions targeted assault weapons, background check and sales, plus gun-related violence.
Republicans are denouncing the Obama administration's decision to bring Osama bin Laden's son-in-law to New York for a civilian trial, arguing he belongs in military custody in Guantanamo Bay.
Taking his push for expanded early childhood education to a Republican-dominated state, President Obama on Thursday called on Congress to enact a sweeping program to extend preschool classes to every child in the United States.
President Obama has spent months trying to balance his re-election bid with running the government. Now, just when his campaign needs him the most, with little more than a week before the election, his official job is beckoning.
Seeking to deflect criticism of President Obama's Middle East policy as anti-U.S. tensions smolder in the Arab world, the Obama campaign Monday accused Republican rival Mitt Romney and his advisers of being amateurs who aren't prepared to tackle such an international crisis.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on President Obama to end a so-called "witch hunt" against his secret-spilling website, appearing in public Sunday for the first time since he took refuge two months ago inside Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex-crimes allegations.
Despite recent tough talk coming from the White House regarding Iran, the Obama administration and the mullahs agree on one thing: Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel.
Democrats said Monday their party's platform will support extending marriage rights to gay couples, marking the first time one of the two major parties has endorsed it.
Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. Romney's campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.
The White House said Tuesday there was no timetable for Commerce Secretary John Bryson's return from medical leave after he suffered a seizure connected to two traffic accidents in California over the weekend.
"Things are getting better, but our economic recovery is not as strong as it could be and far too many middle-class families are still struggling," said Josh Earnest, Mr. Obama's deputy press secretary, in the Reuters report. "There are thing Washington could be doing right now to help American businesses, schools and workers."
The U.S. remains open to "authentic and credible negotiations," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One.