| April 17, 2014, 5 a.m.
When the Associated Press revealed that the State Departmentís U.S. Agency for International Development had funded ZunZuneo as a sort of Twitter for Cuba, it provoked peals of laughter, ridicule and criticism. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy called it ďdumb, dumb, dumb.Ē The senator has a point. The program did not last more than two years and USAIDís attempt to hide the U.S. governmentís involvement in it clearly failed. In other words, the only the thing ZunZuneo did was embarrass the American people; Cubans are not more free and ZunZuneo has gone the way of many tech startups: failure and dissolution.
| April 16, 2014, 10:56 a.m.
Lawmakers and staffers on two House committees are concerned that admitting Israel to a program that eases entry of foreigners into the United States would increase the risk of Israeli espionage, congressional aides say.
| April 8, 2014, 2:50 p.m.
The Air Forceís space program is facing tough scrutiny on Capitol Hill as influential lawmakers in both parties publicly question the serviceís commitment to competition in the increasingly lucrative area of satellite launches.
| April 8, 2014, 2:31 p.m.
The Pentagon has launched a review to determine whether using a Russian-built rocket engine to launch military satellites has any national security implications, following Russiaís seizure and annexation of Crimea.
| April 4, 2014, 2:15 p.m.
Republicans are likely to pounce on the Pentagonís $34 billion list of unfunded priorities as evidence that President Barack Obama is intentionally underfunding the military.
| April 2, 2014, 5 a.m.
First Lady Michelle Obama recently traveled to China to promote educational exchange, and she called on young Americans ó from every background, every walk of life ó to study in China, learn Mandarin and forge friendships that will deepen cross-cultural understanding. Her message: Understanding China is a critical skill, one that all Americans must gain in order to compete, collaborate and succeed in the 21st century.
| March 31, 2014, 6:14 p.m.
A little past midnight at a gas station in Mexico a man approached a car, forced the driver and passenger out at gunpoint and bound them in an empty parking lot before driving off. In the carjacked vehicle was Cobalt-60, a highly radioactive material that could be used to make a dirty bomb. The radioactive cargo disappeared for two days before eventually being recovered.
| March 27, 2014, 5 a.m.
I recently visited Ukraine to speak directly with leaders in the region. We talked about ways the United States could support Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. They stressed the role energy policy plays in this crisis.
| March 25, 2014, 6:20 p.m.
Terrance W. Gainer spent most of March 4 with the Dalai Lama, guiding the spiritual leader around the Capitol in his capacity as the Senate sergeant-at-arms.
| March 25, 2014, 4:37 p.m.
In the wake of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, the Capitolís top law enforcement officials went in different directions on security ó resulting in an uneven response to a potential campus threat that Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine hopes is never repeated.
| March 25, 2014, 4 p.m.
The United States military is making steady progress in the removal of people and equipment from landlocked Afghanistan, according to military officials who say the delay in a final decision about the U.S. presence after 2014 should not prevent a full-scale withdrawal, if that becomes necessary.
| March 25, 2014, 3:24 p.m.
The bilateral security agreement between the United States and Afghanistan has still not been signed, sealed and delivered, creating budget uncertainty and potentially significant logistical problems, according to military and congressional leaders.
| March 25, 2014, 2:51 p.m.
Israelís interdiction on March 5 of an alleged Iranian weapons shipment bound for Gaza has no doubt increased Congressís skepticism of the Obama administrationís diplomatic engagement with Iran.
| March 24, 2014, 7:06 p.m.
Pressed to delve into lessons learned from the Oct. 3 shooting of Miriam Carey, Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine stood by the departmentís use of force Monday.
| March 24, 2014, 5 a.m.
Not long ago, missile defense was a contentious issue about Cold War strategic stability. Today, it has widespread bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. We no longer debate whether to have defenses, but which programs, at what cost, and how well they will work.
| March 21, 2014, 5 a.m.
Too many women, men, and children are needlessly suffering from chronic hunger around the world. The United Nationís Food and Agriculture Organization says the number is as high as 840 million ó nearly three times the entire population of the United States.
| March 20, 2014, 12:27 p.m.
President Barack Obama ordered new sanctions Thursday on top Russian officials and supporters of the Russian government over the ďillegalĒ annexation of Crimea, while urging Russia to change course and recognize Ukraineís sovereignty.
| March 20, 2014, 5 a.m.
It shouldnít be too surprising to hear that the CIA may have spied on the work of Senate Intelligence Committee staffers. Hardball is an old game in the nationís capital, as old as our government itself. The leaks, the vicious rumors, the struggle to shift blame onto others was ubiquitous during the days of George Washingtonís presidency, when the president was pained and mystified by the infighting that went on among even the most distinguished and talented members of his presidency, including Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.
| March 11, 2014, 4:45 p.m.
European countries seeking to ease their dependence on Russian natural gas may discover that their salvation lies deep beneath their native soil.
| March 11, 2014, 4:45 p.m.
The crisis in Ukraine has injected a new element of Cold War politics, as well as a supporting cast of European diplomats and Washington lobbyists, into the debate on Capitol Hill over natural-gas exports.