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Here's What Female Veterans in Congress Think About Women in Combat

December 4, 2015 You know who never doubted that women could serve in combat jobs? Women who’ve actually served in combat jobs. “I didn’t lose my legs in a bar fight,” said Tammy Duckworth, one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during the Iraq War, after the Pentagon announced Thursday...

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What the Female Veterans in Congress Think About Women in Combat

December 4, 2015 You know who never doubted that women could serve in combat jobs? Women who’ve actually served in combat jobs. “I didn’t lose my legs in a bar fight,” said Tammy Duckworth, one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during the Iraq War, after the Pentagonannounced Thursday that...

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Obama on San Bernardino Shooting: 'We Don't Know Why They Did It'

December 3, 2015 President Obama was here just two months ago. At the start of October, the president delivered a statement from the White House about a shooting at an Oregon community college that had claimed nine lives. “I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again during my tenure...

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NASA Astronauts Testify Before House Space Committee

December 2, 2015 To testify before Congress, you don’t actually have to be in the room. That’s the case for NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station, who have occasionally beamed into congressional hearings via satellite. On Wednesday, Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren appeared before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. And,...

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U.S. to Send Special Forces to Iraq to Aid in Fight Against ISIS

December 1, 2015 The United States will send special-operations troops to Iraq to aid in the fight against the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday. Carter said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing that the Defense Department will deploy a “specialized” team to assist local troops fighting the Islamic State....

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Obama's Speech Before Thanksgiving: There is No 'Specific, Credible Threat' to the Homeland

November 25, 2015 Go about your Thanksgiving business, everyone. That was the gist of President Obama’s surprise announcement to the American people on Wednesday, which came after a meeting about U.S. security in the wake of the Paris attacks. “Americans are asking each other whether it is safe here, whether it is safe...

Conflicting Claims Over Downed Russian Warplane

November 25, 2015 Updated on November 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET A day after the Turkish military shot down a Russian fighter jet, the two sides traded claims about what happened in the skies over Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that his forces were in their right to fire at...

Hollande Tries to Rally the World to France’s War on ISIS

November 24, 2015 After terrorists sprayed bullets and blew themselves up in the streets of his capital, the French president vowed to “be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group.” “Terrorism will not destroy France,” Francois Hollande said after the attacks, which claimed 130 lives, “because France will destroy it.” Hollande has...

Dozens Killed in Nigerian Market Bombing That Points to Boko Haram

November 19, 2015 Updated on November 18 at 4:52 p.m. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited the northern city of Yola on Saturday, awarding medals to three soldiers who were wounded in military operations against Boko Haram, the Islamist group that has killed thousands of people in the country. Government forces, Buhari said, were...

Russia Is Now Hitting ISIS with 'Pinpoint' Strikes In Syria

November 18, 2015 When Russia started bombing extremists in Syria last month, news and intelligence reports suggested its missiles were not trained on the Islamic State—the threat it said it was going after—but instead on rebels fighting against the Assad government, Moscow’s longtime ally. But that was before a plane fell out of...