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  • The other America

    Germany's first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, supposedly once said that there was "a special providence for drunkards, fools and the United States of America." Apparently, late 19th century observers could not quite explain how the U.S. thrived when...
  • Defense bill includes ill-advised Alaska and Arizona land measures

    So what does funding for the Department of Defense have in common with Alaska's Tongass National Forest or the Tonto National Forest in Arizona? Absolutely nothing. Which is why an upcoming Senate vote on the National Defense Authorization Actis so...
  • Congress authorizes $577 billion in defense spending

    Congress authorizes $577 billion in defense spending
    Congress approved an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes American training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at $577 billion, including $64 billion for wars abroad. The Senate...
  • Congress OKs bill banning purchases of Russian-made rocket engines

    Congress OKs bill banning purchases of Russian-made rocket engines
    For more than a decade, the United States military has depended on buying Russian-made rocket engines to launch its most crucial satellites. On Friday, Congress said no more. Despite lobbying from a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.,...
  • Two American soldiers killed in Afghanistan as troops head home

    Two American soldiers killed in Afghanistan as troops head home
    A Taliban bomb killed two American soldiers in a NATO convoy late on Friday night near the U.S. Bagram Airfield base north of Kabul, a U.S. defense official said on Saturday. "Two International Security Assistance Force service members died as a...
  • Commissary funding restored; base tobacco prices rising

    Commissary funding restored; base tobacco prices rising
    House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned $100 million cut. Once again lawmakers thwarted a cost-saving...
  • U.S. moves closer to sale of frigates to Taiwan; Beijing protests

    President Obama has signed a measure allowing the U.S. government to sell four used frigates to Taiwan, the Defense Ministry in Taipei said Friday. The news prompted an angry response from China, which considers Taiwan part of its territory and resents...
  • Federal workers welcome extra day off

    Federal workers welcome extra day off
    Lisa Foust was in for a doozy of a Christmas Eve: a full day's work, then piling presents in the car and making a more than five-hour drive home to North Carolina. Then President Barack Obama gave federal workers an extra day off Dec. 26. That allowed...
  • The government problem

    Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They're wrong. The central issue is whom the government is for. Consider the new spending bill Congress and the president agreed to a few weeks ago. It's not especially...
  • Congress must show gratitude to military

    Congratulations to Congress for having enough foresight (and cooperative spirit, for once) to pass legislation that will create a separate fund, outside the regular defense budget, to build the next generation of ballistic missile submarines. The...
  • Hollywood flunks the screen test

    The plot was so bizarre it was hard to believe: The government of North Korea, offended by an adolescent comedy that jokes about assassinating Kim Jong-un, warns Americans not to go see the movie because they might blow up any theatre that screens it....