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  • Fred Hiatt: Needed — A new team of rivals for Obama

    Maybe it is time for a shake-up. President Obama's second-term staffing was always going to be a risk. He abandoned his first term's team of rivals for a closer-knit team of loyalists. The bet was that he was assured enough in the job to no longer need...
  • U.S. aid enabled 'Iron Dome' [Commentary]

    When Americans question the value of U.S. foreign aid, one only has to point to the explosions in Israel's skies to demonstrate its worth. The result of the Iron Dome air defense system in action, these blasts occur when there is a successful interception...
  • Why Obama has changed his mind on Syria

    President Obama's foreign policy speech at West Point last week was in large part a list of all the things he doesn't want to do. He doesn't want to withdraw from the world. At the same time, he doesn't want to use military force to solve every problem....
  • Burnout and sound decision making, especially in Washington, don't mix

    This month delivered a tale of two investigations. The first was the party-line vote in the House to launch yet another investigation into 2012's deadly attacks in Benghazi. The second was the conclusion of a very different kind of investigation with...
  • Senate panel issues harsh report on Benghazi attack

    WASHINGTON — The deadly 2012 assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, was caused by the failure of the State Department to adequately protect the facility and poor intelligence-gathering by the CIA and other agencies, according to...
  • Defense chief reviewing Medal of Honor case for Marine killed in Iraq

    Defense chief reviewing Medal of Honor case for Marine killed in Iraq
    The U.S. Secretary of Defense is "familiarizing himself" with the history of one of the most controversial actions from the war in Iraq: the decision not to award the Medal of Honor to a Marine from San Diego killed in Fallouja in 2004. While not a full...
  • Gates' complaints about Biden are wide of the mark

    WASHINGTON -- The new tell-all memoir of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the Obama carryover from the George W. Bush administration, breaks with the traditional code of cabinet members. It dictates that they keep their reservations on...
  • Saturday Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'A Country Christmas Story'

    Saturday Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'A Country Christmas Story'
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 10 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SERIES The Graham Norton Show Elton John, Judi...
  • Reviews: 'Collision 2012' by Dan Balz and 'Double Down' by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

    Reviews: 'Collision 2012' by Dan Balz and 'Double Down' by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
    You'll be forgiven if you just aren't that into reliving the 2012 presidential election. As for looking toward the election coming up — in sooner-than-it-sounds 2016 — well, for some voters it's just a lot too early to be forced to think about...
  • Key Clinton aide joins Obama's team of White House advisors

    Key Clinton aide joins Obama's team of White House advisors
    WASHINGTON — With his popularity flagging and his healthcare law at risk, President Obama has uncharacteristically reached outside his tightknit core of advisors to bring into the White House a veteran Democratic strategist who helped guide...
  • Military sexual assault victims break the silence

    Brian Lewis figures he could have dealt with the rape. It's the Navy's response to the attack that still haunts the Baltimore native. Lewis, the son of a Defense Department civilian who commanded his JROTC battalion in high school, sailed through...