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U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) leaves after a caucus meeting at the Capitol.  (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senator Ends Long Floor Speech Blocking CIA Pick

A tea party senator from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 13 hours to block Senate confirmation of John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director.


Cheney faulted the Obama White House's handling of Middle East politics, saying the U.S. presence in the region had been "significantly diminished" in recent years.  Photo credit - SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Cheney: Obama’s Drone Program Is ‘A Good Policy’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney stated that the Obama administration’s targeting of suspected international terrorists is “a good policy.”


File photo of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. (Photo by LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Fiscal Crisis, Budget Battle Mark Panetta’s Tenure

As Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s plane returned home Saturday night, completing his final official overseas trip, his staff gathered to salute his time as Pentagon chief and present him with a symbol of his tenure: a plastic meat ax.