By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
President Obama is losing another trusted member of his Cabinet with the announcement Tuesday that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is leaving the administration.
Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar's resignation doesn't just leave another open spot in President Obama's Cabinet. The departure of the former senator from Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the administration's energy and environmental policies in a second term — particularly oil and gas drilling on federal lands.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify Jan. 23 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. mission in Libya.
The day after a presidential election is a time for soul-searching for the losing party. Republicans need to look in the mirror and seriously analyze the troublesome reality that they have forgotten how to win important elections. With unemployment stuck around 8 percent, economic growth basically nonexistent and the nation suffocating from record debt, the White House should have been the GOP's for the taking in 2012. The elephants need a new dynamic leader. It's vital they don't pick a RINO.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Tuesday that Egypt's new president and its military chief have reassured him that they will steer the country to full democracy.
Commerce Secretary John Bryson said Monday he will take a medical leave of absence to undergo tests and evaluations after suffering a seizure in connection with a succession of traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area.
A contingent of 68 House Democrats is demanding more answers from the Ethics Committee about its decisions to move forward with the 2-year-old case against Rep. Maxine Waters and to dismiss the California Democrat's argument that her due process rights were violated.
In his first major policy address since joining President Obama's Cabinet, Commerce Secretary John E. Bryson said his department will focus on reviving the nation's manufacturing base as a way to create more jobs, while taking a tougher line against China over trade and investment barriers.
A soon-to-begin U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan should leave combat power intact as long as possible to press an anti-Taliban offensive, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday. He said support troops should go first.
Thanks to a constitutional quirk, Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar makes less than most of his colleagues in President Obama's Cabinet, and a Republican senator says he'll keep it that way, blocking a nearly $20,000 raise for the high-level appointee until the administration approves more deep-water oil drilling.
Thanks to a constitutional quirk, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar makes less than most of his colleagues in President Obama's Cabinet, and a Republican senator says he'll keep it that way, blocking a nearly $20,000 raise for the high-level appointee, until the administration approves more deep-water oil drilling.
Any discussion of who's likely to succeed outgoing Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona needs to factor in the following: If Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wants the seat, it's hers.
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Don't look for any big changes in President Obama's Cabinet as the new year gets under way.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, turned back a challenge from Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. on Tuesday, but Republicans still appeared on track to achieve their 2010 goal of retaking a majority of the nation's governorships.