Defense

Senate Armed Services sets confirmation hearing for Austin

In addition to Senate confirmation, both the House and Senate must pass a waiver that exempts Austin from a law requiring the Defense secretary be out of uniform for at least seven years. Ahead of a confirmation hearing, Senate Armed Services will hold a hearing Tuesday on civilian control of the military. Despite the Pentagon […]

Congress

Chuck Schumer finally breaks through

One difference between Schumer and the tight-lipped McConnell is that Schumer is in constant contact with his members, calling them constantly on his flip phone, which rang several times at Wednesday’s press conference. That won’t change, allies say, and Schumer fielded calls from Democrats all morning on Wednesday. Schumer said he also spoke to both […]

Defense

Iranian forces storm South Korean tanker

“If anybody is to be called a hostage taker, it is the South Korean government that has taken our more than $7 billion hostage under a futile pretext,” spokesman Ali Rabiei said. Iran on Monday also began enriching uranium up to 20%, a small technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90%, at its underground […]

Congress

‘That’s on him’: McConnell allies blame Trump for Georgia

The Georgia races represented a stunning breakdown of the four-year alliance of convenience between McConnell and Trump that helped conservatives accomplish an array of longstanding policy goals — but ended with the GOP losing the Senate. Things finally came apart in mid-December, when McConnell recognized Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect, a declaration that culminated in […]