| Sep 11, 2013
| 1:54 PM
WASHINGTON — The issue of Syria has scrambled the usual political alliances that have long defined California’s members of Congress, even as President Obama and delegation leaders seek to persuade them to side with him.
Backing their party&...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 4:32 PM
I invite my most clever, lawyerly comment contributors to make the case that National Intelligence Director James Clapper (right) did not brazenly commit perjury during his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on March 12. Oregon Democrat Ron...
| Feb 10, 2013
It has been 11 years since the United States began using missile-firing drones to attack Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. But only now are we beginning a full public debate on this new form of warfare, and it took the nomination of...
| Mar 17, 2013
Ten years have passed since the United States invaded Iraq, a decision that almost everyone now ranks as one of the worst foreign policy blunders of our time. Why "almost"? Former President George W. Bush and his top aides still maintain that the invasion...
| May 1, 2013
Barack Obama really, really does not want to get tangled up in Syria.
For almost a year, Obama's secretaries of State — first Hillary Rodham Clinton, now John Kerry — have pressed the president for more aid to the insurgents who are fighting...
| Nov 25, 2012
Gen. David H. Petraeus, long the most famous overachiever in the U.S. Army, is already on his way to a new career distinction: breaking the land speed record for rehabilitation from a scandal.
It was only two weeks ago that Petraeus resigned from his...
| Jun 12, 2013
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) , a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is hopping mad. Sensenbrenner considers himself the father of the Patriot Act, the 2001 law that gave the federal government new powers to investigate potential...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 6:31 PM
The ghost of "Curveball" is haunting the Obama administration and undermining its efforts to marshal strong foreign and domestic support for military strikes on Syria.
Curveball was the code name given Iraqi defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan, who claimed in...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 9:32 AM
WASHINGTON -- The dean of Maryland's congressional delegation emerged from a classified briefing Thursday persuaded that Syrian leader Bashar Assad was responsible for last month's chemical weapons attack but undecided on whether a U.S. military strike is...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 1:05 AM
WASHINGTON - The government knows who you're calling.
Every day. Every call.
Here's what you need to know about the secret program and how it works:
Q. What happened and why is it a big deal?
A. The Guardian newspaper published a highly classified...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Senator Bob Graham is the former two–term governor of Florida and served for 18 years in the United States Senate. This is combined with 12 years in the Florida legislature for a total of 38 years of public service. Bob Graham retired from public...