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Whistleblowers & National Security

The effect whistleblowers have in the field and implications of the Chuck Hagel and John Brennan nominations.

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Analysis: Sequester Cuts Continue To Loom, House Republicans Initially Opposed Boehner's Re-Election

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest in lawmakers' plans to address the sequester cuts.


Obama To Pick New Pentagon, CIA Leaders

Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan is expected to be chosen as CIA director. And it's expected that Chuck Hagel will be announced to replace retiring Defense secretary Leon Panetta at the Pentagon.

Counterterrorism Adviser Brennan To Be Tapped For CIA

John Brennan is one of the president's top national security aides. A veteran of the CIA, he was the agency's deputy executive director during President George W. Bush's administration. Brennan has said he opposed many of the Bush administration's policies, including the use of waterboarding.

John Boehner Has Been Up And Down And Up Again. Where Is He Now?

It's been a rough couple of weeks for John Boehner. He was all but shut out of the fiscal cliff deal, dissed by his own party, and suffered 12 GOP defections when re-elected as speaker. But did he emerge from all of this as a loser? It's not that simple.

Hagel Expected To Be Picked As Defense Secretary

President Obama is expected to nominate former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as Defense secretary. The potential nomination of Hagel has already drawn sharp criticism, particularly from fellow Republicans.
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Candidates For D.C.'s Special Election Struggle To Get Signatures

Nearly 20 candidates have filed paperwork to run in D.C.'s special election in April, but the biggest hurdle may be getting on the ballot.


Could Reviving Earmarks Get Congress Moving Again?

The so-called "Bridge to Nowhere" came to symbolize all that's wrong with earmarks in Congress. But during the past few weeks, as Speaker John Boehner struggled to rally support for his alternate tax plan, some said earmarks could have helped him convince fellow Republicans to push legislation through the House.