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More ISIS Attacks Likely 'in the Pipeline,' CIA Chief Says

CIA Director John O. Brennan said Monday the Islamic State has developed an “external operations agenda” to conduct deadly attacks beyond its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq, and he warned that the extremist group likely has operations similar to last week’s bloody rampage in Paris “in the pipeline.”

GOP Governors Say No to Syrian Refugees

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott dispatched a message Monday to President Barack Obama: Syrian refugees will be unwelcome in the Lone Star State.

Obama Defiant on ISIS Strategy After Paris Attacks

President Barack Obama made clear Monday he disagrees with critics who believe he should send thousands of U.S. military troops to Iraq and Syria to counter the Islamic State, after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in Paris.

Ryan Calls for Classified Briefings After Paris Attacks

Speaker Paul D. Ryan is laying the groundwork for the House’s active engagement in the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks in Paris.

White House Hits GOP's Legal 'Track Record' in Gitmo Standoff

The White House is firing back at congressional Republicans who are threatening to sue should President Barack Obama use his executive authority to close the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, terrorist detention center.

Moving Gitmo Detainees Unites Political Left and Right

President Barack Obama already is hearing opposition from his political right over a coming plan to close the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility — and soon he will feel pressure from groups on his left.

Donnelly: 'Heartbreaking' Military Suicide 'Has to End'

Maj. Gen. Mark Graham stood in front of the handful of people gathered in a Senate office building Tuesday and recited a phone number.

Obama, Netanyahu Aim to Get Past Iran Deal Tension

President Barack Obama said Monday it’s time he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu get past their “strong disagreement” over the Iran nuclear deal and work toward “blunting destabilizing activities” in Iran that threaten Israel.

Honoring Veterans, One Story at a Time

Americans will pause Wednesday to remember the nation’s veterans. But one Library of Congress project is working to ensure veterans’ stories are preserved for years to come.

It's Veterans Week in the Senate

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has an aggressive plan for what could be a two-day workweek ahead of the Veterans Day holiday.

McCain to Democrats: Do You 'Give a Damn' About Servicemembers?

The Republican defense policy leader in the Senate wondered aloud Thursday if Democrats “don’t give a damn” about military personnel.

Republicans Warn White House on Gitmo Closure

Opponents of moving Guantánamo detainees to the U.S. mainland are firing a new round of warning shots ahead of an Obama administration plan regarding closing the facility.

Budget Deal's Goodwill Evaporates With Defense Spending Spat

A partisan skirmish erupted over a Pentagon spending bill Wednesday, bringing to an abrupt halt the wave of cross-party goodwill that helped congressional leaders shepherd a bipartisan budget agreement to passage last week.

Pentagon Quietly Paid Teams in All Major Sports to Honor Military

The Defense Department paid millions of dollars in the last several years to the wealthy owners of teams in every major sport for demonstrations of support for the military, a new Senate report says.

Ryan Wants a Bigger Navy, 'Big Time'

The moment House Republican defense hawks have been waiting for is finally here: the new House Speaker is one of them. And he wants a bigger Navy.

Obama Signs Budget Deal and Debt Limit Suspension

President Barack Obama signed the budget agreement and debt limit increase into law Monday, preventing any chance of a default on the government’s debt and lessening the chances of a government shutdown later in the year.

White House Won't Call New Syria Operations 'Combat'

A White House briefing Friday turned into a debate about the definition of combat, and Press Secretary Josh Earnest criticized Congress for taking too many days off while also opting against legally authorizing operations against the Islamic State group, known as ISIS or ISIL.

Senate Sends Budget Deal to Obama's Desk (Video)

Updated 5:22 a.m., Oct. 30 | The Senate sent to President Barack Obama a massive fiscal package early Friday morning that averts a U.S. debt default and raises spending caps.

EU Forces U.S. to Find New Surveillance-Privacy Balance

The European Court of Justice’s invalidation of a European Union-U.S. data protection agreement this month sent shock waves through U.S. businesses and caused Congress and President Barack Obama’s administration to scramble for a solution.

Defense Hawks Fine With Boost in War Account

Top Senate defense hawks are satisfied with the increased Pentagon spending in the new budget deal, and several Democrats doubt that section will mean trouble for the sweeping package.

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