| March 3, 2013, 2 p.m.
The once-mighty defense lobby’s failure to head off some $500 billion in Pentagon cuts marks a moment of truth for an industry that has lost clout and allies on Capitol Hill, probably for good.
| March 1, 2013, 7:12 p.m.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this for the White House and a re-elected president with political capital to spend.
| March 1, 2013, 6:41 p.m.
Each year, two of America’s noblest raptors share the sky over a patch of Nevada desert: In springtime, the golden eagle arrives to nest at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge 20 miles north of the Las Vegas strip, while at other times of the year another aerial predator, the F-22 Raptor, launched from adjacent Nellis Air Force Base, takes to these same skies to train American fighter pilots.
| March 1, 2013, 6:40 p.m.
Perhaps the most important role of federal government, highlighted in the preamble of the Constitution, is to “provide for the common defense.” This role is generally thought of as military defense against missiles and bombs. But in the digital age, Americans are more frequently becoming the targets of high-tech cyberattacks.
| March 1, 2013, 4:35 p.m.
A long-awaited State Department environmental assessment found that the Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to have a “substantial impact” on developing the western Canada tar sands, a conclusion that rejects opponents’ claims that the project would dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions.
| March 1, 2013, 4:04 p.m.
House Armed Services Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon decried the sequester spending cuts that will begin hitting the Pentagon on Friday, standing with a group of the panel’s subcommittee chairmen to demand replacement spending cuts.
| March 1, 2013, 2:46 p.m.
Don’t expect the nomination of B. Todd Jones for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to move too quickly through the Senate. Republicans plan to press for answers on questions they have raised on a couple of fronts.
| March 1, 2013, 11:47 a.m.
Congressional Republican leaders told President Barack Obama face-to-face Friday that they will not accept any new taxes as part of a solution to the sequester, and are hopeful that a deal can be reached that would avert a government shutdown at the end of the month.
| Feb. 27, 2013, 6:12 p.m.
The Senate is expected to defeat Thursday competing Democratic and Republican alternatives to the $85.3 billion in automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin Friday.
| Feb. 27, 2013, 2:38 p.m.
As the White House considers stepping up its non-lethal assistance to Syrian rebels, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suggested Wednesday that it also consider sending ammunition to the forces fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad.
| Feb. 27, 2013, 12:35 p.m.
House Judiciary Committee members differ over whether an after-the-fact review of drone strikes targeting U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas was preferable to a court review beforehand.
| Feb. 26, 2013, 7:43 p.m.
Senate Republicans are on track to confirm several of President Barack Obama’s key Cabinet officials, despite weeks of protests and grandstanding from the GOP.
| Feb. 26, 2013, 7:37 p.m.
Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee saw some of the documents they wanted Tuesday about last year’s attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, but they were not sufficient to clear a path for President Barack Obama’s CIA director nominee.
| Feb. 26, 2013, 6:28 p.m.
An increasingly likely outcome of the looming budget sequester is the prospect of all Pentagon programs being cut equally — about 10 percent — regardless of performance, potential or priority. The administration and Congress may actually allow this to happen, damaging successful and well-performing programs in the developmental pipeline while preserving failing or antiquated programs. Doing so would be a major mistake.
| Feb. 26, 2013, 5:14 p.m.
After numerous delays and stiff GOP opposition, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s 24th Defense secretary Tuesday.
| Feb. 26, 2013, 2:19 p.m.
Some Republican lawmakers, raising new alarms over the effects of automatic spending cuts on defense, are opening the door to new revenue with only days to go until the sequester hits, in contrast with widespread opposition to additional taxes among most in the GOP.
| Feb. 25, 2013, 7:27 p.m.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is all but certain to vote Feb. 28 on the nomination of John O. Brennan to lead the CIA, and the panel’s chairwoman predicted the committee would vote to support him.
| Feb. 25, 2013, 5:59 p.m.
Lawmakers minimizing the threat from sequestration (“Lawmakers Say Sequester Replacement Plan Slipping to Late March,” Feb. 2) must have been sleeping when North Korea exploded a nuclear bomb last week, defying a slew of U.N. resolutions and America’s secretary of State.
| Feb. 25, 2013, 1:51 p.m.
Furloughs of about 730,000 Defense Department civilian employees would cost the states $4.43 billion in lost salaries and billions more in military operating expenditures if Congress fails to avert sequester, according to documents released by the Obama administration late Sunday.
| Feb. 25, 2013, 1:33 p.m.
The Senate is expected this week to confirm Chuck Hagel to be the next Pentagon chief, but the weekslong partisan battle over the former Republican senator from Nebraska has provided a taste of some of the biggest national security fights that lie ahead.