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Iraq's Problem Is So Much Bigger Than Just Training Its Military

June 9, 2015 Iraq's army is a pathetic mess. Everyone inside the Pentagon knows this. The White House does too. And setting aside official protest by Baghdad, the Iraqi government is so aware it's trembling. But that's not why ISIS is winning. And to be clear, ISIS is winning. The terrorist group too...

ISIS Sets Its Sights on Saudi Arabia, and That’s Bad News for Washington

May 29, 2015 Two weeks. Two suicide bombings. Both targeting Shiites in a Sunni land. And both claimed by ISIS. If this were Iraq or Syria, these attacks – sadly – wouldn't be surprising. But it's not. It's Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's most precious sites and the region's most powerful Sunni rulers...

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Eric Holder in the Hot Seat as Lawmakers Probe Scandals

May 15, 2013 Eric Holder comes to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a show of fireworks that could be unlike any seen in this Congress so far. And if he doesn’t offer the House Judiciary Committee more details on the scandals piling up at the White House’s doorstep than Jay Carney did on...

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Analysis: The High Cost of Stonewalling on Benghazi

May 8, 2013 Benghazi is not going away. On Wednesday, U.S. diplomat Gregory Hicks came to Congress with headline-worthy testimony. He told House Oversight that officials in Libya were denied permission to deploy special forces to counter the attacks that killed an American ambassador. Hicks is one of three officials brought in as...

Commentary: When the Whole World Has Drones

March 22, 2013 A slim aircraft glided through Israeli airspace, maintaining low altitude and taking a winding path to avoid detection. It flew over sensitive military installations and was beginning its approach to the Dimona nuclear reactor when it was blown from the sky by the Israel Defense Forces. The plane was pilotless,...

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How Many Americans Are on the Kill List? Zero.

March 21, 2013 No Americans are currently marked for death on the U.S. government’s terrorist strike list, according to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. The White House has wrapped its kill list in secrecy and already the United States has killed four Americans in drone strikes. Only one of them, senior...

What’s in the Secret Drone Memos?

February 22, 2013 Despite President Obama’s pledge in his State of the Union address to make the drone program “even more transparent to the American people and to the world,” his administration continues to resist efforts by Congress, even from fellow Democrats, to obtain the full range of classified legal memos justifying “targeted...

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Watchdog Finds Well-Oiled Revolving Door Linking SEC and Industry

February 11, 2013 Former Securities and Exchange Commission employees routinely helped companies overseen by the regulator to influence rulemaking, soften enforcement actions, and secure exemptions from federal law, according to a report that will be released Monday by the Project On Government Oversight. POGO – an independent watchdog group – studied disclosure statements...

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