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Gorman: Rand Paul is filibustering John Brennan's nomination, but is anyone listening?

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been babbling since midday, filibustering the nomination of John Brennan to be the new director of the CIA with a little help from his Senate colleagues. Beginning with a promise to “speak until I no longer can,” Paul says that he will not “sit quietly and let President Obama shred the Constitution” with drones. So far, Paul has gone through an entire binder of notes....

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Bessent: Barack Obama must release more information about drone strikes

Anti-war protesters disrupt the start of a nomination

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President Barack Obama is between a rock and a hard place politically as he pushes to win Senate confirmation of John Brennan, his nominee for CIA director. Before giving him their votes some reticent Democrats want to see classified memos laying out the legal justification the administration claims for the targeted killings by drone it’s been doing around the world. Republicans have a different...

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Bessent: China must step up to rein in North Korea after nuclear test

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How do you control the actions of a nation whose leader doesn’t much care what the United States or anyone else thinks or does? That’s the hellish conundrum the United States and the world face with North Korea, which conducted a nuclear weapons test Tuesday in defiance of United Nation’s resolutions, international sanctions and negotiated commitments. The test was met with universal condemnation....

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Powell: More questions than answers over Barack Obama's history with guns

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today, as they flew to Minneapolis for an event on tougher gun control, that The White House released a photograph of President Barack Obama shooting skeet at Camp David in an attempt to quiet “persistent questions.” Clearly, that didn’t go very well. The photograph, released on Saturday, depicts Obama shooting clay targets on Aug. 4, 2012....

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Bessent: Controversy should not disqualify Chuck Hagel or William Brennan

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The sniping over Chuck Hagel for defense secretary started even before he was picked for the job earlier today. Now that his nomination is official, the Senate, which will weigh whether to confirm him for the job, should stop the incessant nit-picking. Any president should get the top staffers he wants and trusts. That includes William O. Brennan, the former CIA agent and Obama’s chief counterterroism...

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Bessent: John Boehner wins second term as Speaker of the House, nation's least desirable job

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John Boehner won a second term as Speaker of the House today. Condolences are in order. Who would want the job? Boehner has been a leader without enough reliable followers for the two years since a cabal of tea party Republicans were elected, proclaimed compromise a dirty word and began doing all they could to gum up the works. They made it impossible for Boehner to broker a “grand bargain” with...

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