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Shades of '98

For everyone whose political memory goes back 15 years, can we not recognize some similarities to 1998? I don’t want to say that President Obama is …

Drones Are the Napalm of Our Crazy Time

I was born in 1965, the year the first U.S. combat troops went to Vietnam. Growing up in middle-class America in the late 1970s and early 1980s, I distinctly remember that "Vietnam" -- the place name stood in for a great many things left unsaid -- was not discussed, almost taboo, among my parents' …

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Rescuing Amanda: A Pretty White Girl in a Black Man's Arms

Once again, it seems, race matters. A lot more than most reporters realize.<p>In spite of all that has been written and spoken so far about the rescue of Amanda Berry and two other young women in Cleveland last week, most reporters have overlooked the most fascinating part of what was said by her …

Crime

Witness Protection Lost 'Known Or Suspected' Terrorists: DOJ Report

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Marshals Service gave new names and identities to "known or suspected" terrorists admitted to the witness protection program and allowed them to fly on commercial airlines, despite the fact that they were on the TSA's "no-fly" list, an internal Justice Department …

Obama responds to question of Nixon comparisons

President Barack Obama is asked on Thursday whether he has a reaction to critics' claims that recent public scandals are comparable to those of the Nixon administration.

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Pentagon: 500 sex assault cases per week unreported in the military

Jennifer Norris, a military rape survivor, shares her thoughts on a bipartisan bill that would prevent military commanders from handling sexual assault cases that involve their subordinates.

Republicans' 'aggressive' letter to President Obama

The Cycle hosts talk to Manu Raju about Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans' letter to President Obama and the way the GOP is promoting the scandals of the week.

On immigration, we need to 'bring people out of the shadows'

Author Sonia Nazario talks to The Cycle hosts about what an ideal immigration reform package would look like and her experience writing about immigrants, particularly children, in the United States.

The Real Benghazi Scandal

Congressional investigators are pointing fingers in the wrong direction if they want to save more U.S. lives.<p>Reuters<p>In a tense press briefing in the White House East Room on Monday, President Obama cleared his throat before addressing the subject on everyone's mind: last fall's attack on an …

Secrecy, Surveillance, and Public Safety

Three scandals have converged in the past week to preoccupy Congress and the press. Benghazi was the first to come, and it has surprised by its staying power. The larger issue in the background -- the wisdom of the NATO destruction of the government of Libya which left an open field for …

Surveillance

GOP looks at big cuts

House Republicans late Thursday began circulating new spending targets for appropriations bills for the coming year with Labor, Education and Health and Human Services facing a nearly 20 percent reduction on top of the cuts already made in the March 1 sequestration order.<p>Appropriations Committee …

Obama vows crackdown on sexual assault in military - NBC Politics

By Carrie Dann, NBC News<p>President Barack Obama on Thursday vowed a “sustained effort” to crack down on sexual assault in the military, saying that the rash of violence is “dangerous to our national security.”<p>“The reason we are so good is not because of fancy equipment, it’s not because of our …

Fort Campbell program head arrested

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Army officials say the manager of the sexual assault response program at Fort Campbell has been arrested in a domestic dispute and relieved of his post.<p>Lt. Col. Darin Haas turned himself in to police late Wednesday on charges of violating an order of protection and stalking. A …

Obama on military sex assaults

Sexual assault in the military is “dangerous to our national security,” President Barack Obama declared Thursday as he huddled with his top military leaders at the White House to find a way to put an end to the problem.<p>Flanked by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of …

Uzbekistan national arrested in Idaho on federal terrorism charges

Fazliddin Kurbanov was arrested in Boise after a grand jury issued a three-count indictment<p>BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. authorities in Idaho said Thursday they have arrested an Uzbekistan national on federal terrorism charges.<p>Federal prosecutors said Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, was arrested in Boise on …

More mystery over AP subpoenas process at Justice Department

Conflicting information is emerging over the process the Justice Department used to approve the subpoenas for Associated Press telephone records in connection with a national security leak investigation.<p>As I noted in a story Wednesday, Justice's Director of Public Affairs is supposed to be …

Manager Of Army Sexual Harassment Program Arrested In Domestic Dispute

According to officials, Lt. Col. Darin Haas has also been removed from his position as manager of a program meant to prevent sexual harassment and assault.<p>Haas turned himself in Wednesday after his ex-wife complained that he had repeatedly contacted her Wednesday night despite orders of protection …

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W.H. aid sought on gay immigration

Senate Democrats are in such a bind over addressing gay rights under immigration reform that they’re turning to President Barack Obama for help.<p>They’re increasingly uneasy about risking Republican support but reluctant to tell gay rights advocates that an amendment allowing American citizens to …

Obama War Powers Under 2001 Law 'Astoundingly Disturbing,' Senators Say

WASHINGTON -- The war authorization that Congress passed after 9/11 will be needed for at least 10 to 20 more years, and can be used to put the United States military on the ground anywhere, from Syria to the Congo to Boston, military officials argued Thursday.<p>The revelations came during a hearing …

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GOP attacks, quest to impeach Obama could backfire

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Nia-Malika Henderson discuss the potential trouble the Republican Party may face as their attacks against the president backfires.

Right-wing’s Benghazi conspiracy theories begin to fall apart

Time’s Michael Crowley and Jonathan Landay, national security and intelligence reporter for McClatchy Newspapers, discuss whether the GOP still has a leg to stand on when it comes to criticizing the administration for its handling of Benghazi following the White House’s release of new documents …

Tea Party Republicans politicizing scandals

How the GOP is using the IRS, AP, and Benghazi scandals to smear the president and attack his policies, especially the Affordable Care Act.

Unanswered IRS questions

A hearing on the IRS rarely has so much potential for drama.<p>Steven Miller, the agency’s ousted acting commissioner, will spend several hours on Friday morning in the ornate House Ways and Means Committee room explaining his role in a scandal that has captivated Washington for a week.<p>Miller will sit …

House Republicans Vote (Again) To Repeal Obamacare

<b>Note at 10:45 a.m. on May 17:</b> Thursday's vote was the 37th time that House lawmakers have voted to try to curtail Obamacare in some manner, but the third vote on repealing the law outright.<p>The 37th time is unlikely to be the charm for House Republicans who voted on Thursday yet again to derail …

Why the GOP thinks it could blow it

Republicans are worried one thing could screw up the political gift of three Obama administration controversies at once: fellow Republicans.<p>Top GOP leaders are privately warning members to put a sock in it when it comes to silly calls for impeachment or over-the-top comparisons to Watergate. They …