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    Ash Carter smiles after being nominated for US Secretary of Defense Dec. 5 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Senior Republicans to McConnell: Move Carter Nomination Before AG

    Two senior Republicans want the incoming majority leader to take up Ash Carter's nomination before an expected more contentious one for US attorney general.

    • Dec. 18, 2014
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    Movie posters for the premiere of the film 'The Interview' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014. - / AFP/Getty Images

    Sony Hack Could Mean New Senate Subcommittee

    Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco could become the focus of national security discussions on Capitol Hill next year.

    • Dec. 18, 2014
  1. Marion Blakey is in her eighth year as president and CEO of Aerospace Industries Association. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    AIA Projects Small Defense Gains in 2015

    Despite concerns over the Budget Control Act, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) projects small gains in the defense aviation market.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Tuesday. The bill appropriates $554 billion for the Defense Department for fiscal 2015 and gives the Veterans Affairs Department $160 billion. Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/Air Force

    Obama Signs $1.1T Spending Bill Into Law

    President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Tuesday, officially ending any threat of a government shutdown over the holidays.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., outgoing chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wants Congress to update the War Powers Resolution to allow a president to attack 'non-state actors' unless Congress specifically prohibits such action. Staff Sgt. Richard Andrade/US Army

    Levin Wants Next Senate To Update Its War Powers

    The retiring chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has introduced a bill that would shift Congress' role from granting permission to holding veto power over any military action against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken has been nominated to be the deputy secretary of state. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    Few Options Left for Senate GOP to Block Blinken Nomination

    The White House's candidate for deputy secretary of state should sail to Senate confirmation on Tuesday evening.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
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    Family Portrait: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell poses for photographers with newly elected GOP senators whose midterm victories helped the party take control of the US Senate. From left are David Perdue of Georgia, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Joni Ernst of Iowa, McConnell, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Steve Daines of Montana. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Issue Tracker: 2015 GOP Agenda

    As the holiday season approaches, so does the start of the Republican-run 114th Congress. Here are a few things GOP members have on their wish lists for the new session.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  2. The US Army is planning to report a study to Congress next month that would impact the debate over ambulance and command variants for the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle (AMPV), due to replace the M113 infantry carriers. Army

    US Army's AMPV Variants Report to Congress Due Soon

    The US Army is planning to report a study to Congress next month that would impact the debate over ambulance and command variants for the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle (AMPV), due to replace the M113 infantry carriers.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  3. Congressional committees tweaked nearly 10 percent of the money that the Pentagon requested for its fiscal year 2015 appropriations accounts before the 'cromnibus' spending bill was passed on Dec. 11  resulting in $4.4 billion in additional procurement and research and development projects  an analysis of the budget shows. AFP

    Analysis: Congress Reworks 10 Percent of DoD Procurement Budget

    Congressional committees tweaked nearly 10 percent of the money that the Pentagon requested for its fiscal year 2015 appropriations accounts before the 'cromnibus' spending bill was passed on Dec.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  4. House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, center, walks to the House chamber for a vote on a $1.1 trillion government funding bill on Dec. 11. Republicans will be under pressure in the next Congress to pass spending bills quicker. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    For Next Congress, Pressure Mounts for Faster Spending Bills

    For congressional Republicans, it's put up or shut up time.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
  5. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomes new Republican senators-elect to his Senate office on Nov. 12. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Column: Preaching to the Choir

    The speakers spoke passionately, using words like 'must' and 'have to.' Audience members nodded in agreement. The more dire the rhetoric, the more ardent the nods.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
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    The Capitol Building dome under scaffolding. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    The Senate on Saturday approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill and sent it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
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    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for World War II era Civil Air Patrol members, on Capitol Hill, December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Sixty-five members of the Civil Air Patrol lost their lives in the line of duty during World War II. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    Senate Passes Bill To Fund Government Through Wednesday

    The Senate passed a temporary spending bill Saturday, funding the government through Wednesday and giving legislators more time to consider a $1.1 trillion measure.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
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    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., at the White House December 5, 2014. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Senate Sends Massive $560 Billion NDAA to Obama's Desk

    The US Senate on Friday passed, 89-11, a massive Defense Department policy bill, sending to President Barack Obama a bill crafted in secret that would clear the military to spend $559.2 billion in fiscal 2015.

    • Dec. 12, 2014




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