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Dem Rep. Continues Slamming WH for ‘Disturbing’ Avoidance of ‘Radical Islam’ Label

yesterdayNews : Mediaite

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat serving on the House Armed Services Committee, continued today to be one of the strongest Democratic critics of the Obama administration's refusal to openly speak of radical Islamic terrorism.

Lawmaker Pushes Obama to Take More Aggressive Stance in Syria

The new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday that the U.S. military should consider sending U.S. advisers into Syria to help rebel forces battling Islamic State forces that have expanded their hold on that country.

Budget Snapshot: Average Annual Defense Spending by Administration

Christopher A. Preble In a speech at the American Enterprise Institute yesterday, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry lamented the effects of the Budget Control Act’s spending caps: “the plummeting readiness levels,...Show More Summary

Joni Ernst Responds to SOTU By Not Discussing It At All

Iowa senator and hog castrating enthusiast Joni Ernst delivered tonight's Republican response to the State of the Union standing in the Armed Services Committee Room and wearing camouflage heels for subtlety. Ernst elected not to respond to the SOTU at all, instead delivering something between a belated campaign ad and an incredibly soothing Paxil voiceover. Read more...

Mac Thornberry opposes personnel and equipment cuts

According to the Stars & Stripes, Congressman Mac Thornberry (Republican from Texas) the new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee claims that he opposes further cuts to defense. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, staked out a hawkish position for his military oversight committee in his first major policy speech of the new Congress. He signaled […]

McCain hopes to define legacy with national security post

After two unsuccessful presidential bids, the 78-year-old former Navy pilot and Vietnam prisoner of war has rebounded as the chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee. The post gives the Arizona Republican a significant...Show More Summary

Allan Austin on Quaker Interracial Activism, Part 2

Karen Johnson. Today concludes my mini-series on Allan Austin's book Quaker Brotherhood: Interracial Activism and the American Friends Service Committee, 1917-1950, a fascinating look at the ways Quakers facilitated interracial activism in the first half of the twentieth century. Show More Summary

The House Just Voted To Delay The Most Important Rule From The Financial Crisis

The House of Representatives just voted 271-154 to amend the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, and in particular, to postpone implementation of the Volcker Rule. The House Financial Services Committee debated the proposed legislation for two hours last night and at least another hour this morning before voting. Show More Summary

Wicker to Chair Seapower Subcommittee

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., was chosen by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., to lead the Subcommittee on Seapower.   The

The Senate Will Hold Hearings on Sony Hack, Led by McCain

last monthNews : Mediaite

And now for today's installment of How the World's Gone to Hell over a Seth Rogen and James Franco movie: the Senate Armed Services Committee is going to hold hearings on the hack against Sony.

Interview with Allan Austin 20th Century Quaker Interracial Activism

Karen Johnson. I'm honored to post the first half of an interview with Allan Austin about his book Quaker Brotherhood:Interracial Activism and the American Friends Service Committee, 1917-1950. In his book, Austin traces Quakers' efforts...Show More Summary

House Armed Services Subcommittee Chairmen Shuffle Chairs

US House Armed Services Committee Chairman-elect Thornberry announced subcommittee chairs: Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities: Joe Wilson [SC – was Thornberry]; Seapower and Projection Forces: Randy Forbes [VA – same]; Military Personnel: Joe Heck [NV – was Joe Wilson]; Tactical Air and Land Forces: Michael Turner [OH – same]; Strategic Forces: Mike Rogers [AL – […]

Ashton Carter to be announced as Obama’s next Secretary of Defense

Ashton Carter testifies during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee May 19, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images WASHINGTON — The White House will nominate Ashton Carter will be the next Secretary of Defense today in a press conference at 10 a.m. Show More Summary

Congress Punts on Reducing Retiree COLA Pay

A move to reduce retirement pay increases for future career service members by 1 percent lower will not go into effect for another year under the 2015 defense budget agreed to by the Senate and House armed services committees.

McCain wants Lieberman as defense secretary, because of course he does

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Too perfect: Apparently the White House asked Sen. John McCain, in his capacity as incoming chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who he'd suggest to replace Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. “I said Lieberman,” McCain told our colleague Steven Ginsberg as he got off the Amtrak Acela from Washington to New York. Show More Summary

Ashton Carter at the top of Obama’s short list for Pentagon chief

Ashton Carter testifies during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee May 19, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter has emerged as President...Show More Summary

John McCain Recommends Joe Lieberman For Defense Secretary

Senator John McCain recommends that former Senator Joe Lieberman replace Chuck Hagel. McCain (R-AZ), incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough that former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) should be the next defense secretary, the Washington Post reports. McCain added that he did “not think his close [...]

John McCain: Chuck Hagel Was 'Very Very Frustrated' With Obama

Sen. John McCain says: “I thank Chuck Hagel for his service, and I know that he was very, very frustrated.” McCain, expected to become chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee in January, was reacting to news that President Obama is forcing Secretary of Defense Hagel to resign. Show More Summary

Congressional Hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the Military Gets Contentious

Yesterday, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on "Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services" -- and Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation was one of the non-right-wing representatives on the panel.You can now watch the hearing online. Weinstein begins speaking at the 25:18 mark, and his prepared remarks are here:

GOP lawmaker: If rabbis won’t pray to Jesus, ‘we’re headed toward the end of the world’

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

At an Armed Services Committee meeting on “Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services,” Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) told a former Jewish Navy chaplain that his objection to having Christian prayers said in unofficial functions — such as before and after battles —...

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