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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Jacqueline Klimas

Navy Yard a base for operations, military trials and NCIS

The Washington Navy Yard, a 41-acre compound of buildings on the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington and the scene of Monday's shooting rampage, has a history dating back to the beginnings of the 19th century. Published September 16, 2013

**FILE** A woman walks past one of the entrances to the old Navy Yard along M Street in Washington on Oct. 23, 2000. (The Washington Times)

The Washington Navy Yard: At a glance

The Washington Navy Yard, located in Southeast Washington on the Anacostia River, is an administrative center for the Navy, housing the headquarters for several commands including Commander, Naval Installations Command, and Naval Sea Systems Command, which is located in Building 197 and is responsible for procurement and maintenance on the Navy's fleet of ships and submarines. Published September 16, 2013

Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole:  "There are no perfect solutions here. We've reserved the right explicitly to go in and pre-empt at a later date if that becomes necessary." (associated press)

New marijuana rules aren't a free-for-all, DOJ says

Though the Justice Department is giving some leeway to states in controlling their own marijuana laws, the federal government won't let it turn into a free-for-all, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told Congress on Tuesday. Published September 10, 2013

Rachel Schaefer of Denver smokes marijuana on the official opening night of Club 64, a marijuana-specific social club at which a New Year's Eve party was held, in Denver on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

DOJ: New marijuana rules aren't free-for-all

The Senate Judiciary Committee tried Tuesday to find common ground between those who say states should control their own marijuana use laws and those who think federal law should trump. Published September 10, 2013

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat: "It's my responsibility as a member of Congress to make sure we don't commit resources, the most precious of which are our men and women in uniform, with no comprehensive plan for our involvement."

Majority of veterans in Congress leaning against Syria strike

As a soldier in the Hawaii National Guard who did two tours of duty in the Middle East, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she learned firsthand that military action must have a clear objective, the public's support and an exit plan. Published September 9, 2013

Sen. Tom Udall, New Mexico Democrat (Associated Press)

Sen. Tom Udall: U.S. moving too quickly toward war in Syria

Sen. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat who voted against a military strike on Syria in last week's Foreign Relations Committee hearing, said he doesn't believe the United States has exhausted political alternatives. Published September 8, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama shakes hands with then-Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough in the East Room of the White House in Washington, where on Jan. 25, 2013, he announced he will name Mr. McDonough as his next chief of staff. (Associated Press)

White House to saturate airwaves with Obama's message on Syria

The Obama administration on Sunday ramped up efforts to build support for a military strike on Syria, with Secretary of State John F. Kerry meeting in Europe with allies and Arab leaders and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough blitzing the U.S. political talk shows to urge Congress to back President Obama. Published September 8, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Elijah E. Cummings Maryland Democrat (Associated Press)

Democrats divided over Obama's Syria pitch

While the vote on Syria is being called a vote of conscience and will likely not divide along party lines, one lawmaker from a pro-Obama district said that supporting the president and disagreeing with his current push for military action are not mutually exclusive. Published September 6, 2013

Code Pink protesters bring their anti-war message to the Capitol before Wednesday's House hearing on President Obama's request for military intervention in Syria. (Associated Press)

Code Pink has a morale problem: It's called Democrats

Anti-war protesters are objecting to military action in Syria, but their efforts pale compared to the crowds that came out against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the women's anti-war group Code Pink, blames the Democrats, Published September 4, 2013

The candy desk, which consistently needs the most maintenance, stands in the back row on the Republican side, close to the most heavily used entrance to the Senate chamber. ( PHOTOGRAPHS)

After senators make their marks, restorers take desk jobs for history

With lawmakers wrapping up a five-week summer recess, it's time for the historians and curators who manage the Senate and its desks — what they call a "working museum" — to take stock of a year's worth of poundings, spills and wear and tear, and make sure the senators' workspaces can stand up to impassioned debates for years to come. Published September 4, 2013

Rep. Roger Williams, Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Push renewed to call Fort Hood act 'terrorism'

Members of Congress said this week they'll renew a push to designate the November 2009 Fort Hood shootings as part of the battle against terrorism, which would make the victims eligible for Purple Hearts and open up more benefits for those killed or wounded. Published September 3, 2013

King followers now back a multitude of rights from gays to women to animals

Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out his dream at the March on Washington, those who flocked to the Mall on Wednesday in commemoration said his struggle for civil rights has blossomed into a broader movement encompassing gay, women's, immigrants' and animals' rights. Published August 28, 2013

President Obama awards Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in a White House ceremony Monday. Sgt. Carter received the medal for his courageous actions Oct. 3, 2009, while serving as a cavalry scout with the 4th Infantry Division in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

Army sergeant receives Medal of Honor for valor in Afghanistan

President Obama presented Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter with the nation's highest military honor Monday for actions in 2009 in Afghanistan that included providing emergency first aid to a wounded soldier and carrying him off the battlefield while under Taliban fire. Published August 26, 2013