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Megan Scully

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Megan Scully covers defense and national security for CQ. With over a decade of experience as a defense reporter, Megan joined CQ Roll Call in October 2012 after six years at National Journal. She previously worked for Defense News and Inside the Army. Megan cut her teeth in congressional reporting at States News Service, where she covered Washington for several local papers around the country.

A Philadelphia native, Megan is a graduate of American University's School of Communications. She lives in Washington's Takoma neighborhood with her husband and son. Ż

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Stories by Megan Scully:

Graham: Brennan's Nomination Is Leverage to Probe Benghazi Talking Points

Feb. 14, 2013

Sen. Lindsey Graham signaled Thursday that he plans to use John O. Brennanís nomination for CIA chief as leverage to demand more answers from the White House on last yearís lethal attack at a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya.

Hagel Nomination Hits Snag in Senate

Feb. 14, 2013

Amid accusations of a GOP filibuster, Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Defense secretary Thursday, but senators appeared poised to clear the nomination after the Presidents Day recess, barring any unexpected revelations.

Inhofe Pledges Return to Bipartisanship on Defense Panel

Feb. 14, 2013

The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday said he expects the panel to return to its bipartisan roots once Chuck Hagelís nomination moves through the Senate.

Collins to Vote Against, but Not Filibuster, Hagel

Feb. 13, 2013

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine on Wednesday announced that she would oppose Chuck Hagelís confirmation to be the next Defense secretary but would not support a filibuster of the nominee.

Inhofe Vows to Work for Hagel Nomination to 'Fail'

Feb. 6, 2013

The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday said his opposition to Chuck Hagelís nomination to be the next Pentagon chief has only grown in recent days, and he vowed to work hard to defeat his confirmation.

GOP Defense Hawks Reprise Last Year's Sequester Delay Bill

Feb. 6, 2013

Hawkish Republicans in the House and Senate on Wednesday responded to President Barack Obamaís call this week for a short-term plan to delay the sequester with their own proposal to avert, at least temporarily, the across-the-board cuts to defense and non-defense discretionary spending.

Hagel Likely Has Votes to Overcome Potential Filibuster

Feb. 5, 2013

While Chuck Hagel may not have won over a majority of Republicans in the days following his lackluster appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee, there appears to be enough GOP opposition to an unprecedented filibuster of a Cabinet nominee to, if necessary, generate the 60 votes required for cloture.

The GOP's Hagel Dilemma: To Filibuster, or Not to Filibuster?

Feb. 1, 2013

Chuck Hagelís halting and unconvincing appearance Jan. 31 before the Senate Armed Services Committee hardened Republican opposition to his confirmation, but his critics would likely have to mount an unprecedented, and very divisive, challenge to block him from becoming Defense secretary.

Facing Skeptical Republicans, Hagel Defends His Record

Jan. 31, 2013

Chuck Hagel fielded heated questioning Thursday from Republicans regarding his record on Iran sanctions, Israel and nuclear weapons, but President Barack Obamaís pick to be the next Pentagon chief did not appear to suffer any fatal blows.

Hagel to Be Grilled on Iran, Nuclear Weapons, Gay Rights

Jan. 30, 2013

Chuck Hagel has one big hurdle left to clear before winning Senate confirmation to be the next Defense secretary ó a barrage of questions on Iran, nuclear weapons and gay rights during his appearance Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Hagel Vote Complicated for Democrats and Republicans

Jan. 29, 2013

While Republican Chuck Hagel appears likely to win confirmation to lead the Pentagon, many senators in both parties are still holding back their formal endorsements or opposition.

Most Gay Rights Groups Skeptical, but Open to Hagel

Jan. 8, 2013

As Chuck Hagel prepares for his confirmation hearing to be the next Defense secretary, the former senator can expect a barrage of questions on his support for openly gay servicemembers and his plans for extending certain benefits to gay and lesbian servicemembers and their families.

House Expected to Pass Defense Bill Thursday

Dec. 19, 2012

Congress may be gridlocked on most issues, but one major bill is on a glide path for the presidentís desk.

Hagel Could Face Rough Ride to Confirmation

Dec. 18, 2012

Senior Senate Republicans remain noncommittal on the presidentís anticipated nomination of Republican Chuck Hagel as his next secretary of defense, amid growing opposition from pro-Israel groups and commentators.

The Man Who Keeps an Eye on the Costs of Shipbuilding

Nov. 25, 2012

One of the few Bush administration holdovers remaining in the Pentagon as President Barack Obama nears his second term, Sean J. Stackley, is the Navyís top ship buyer.

Does Fleet Size Matter? A Navy Point of Contention

Nov. 21, 2012

For the Navy, the size of the fleet is important. But so are its capabilities ó a fact that often gets lost in the politically charged debate over how many and what kind of ships the Navy needs to meet its global operational demands.

Paul Slaps Hold on Defense Bill

Nov. 15, 2012

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is holding up consideration of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill over an amendment he plans to offer that would require a jury trial for Americans detained in terrorism investigations.

Senate Tees Up Defense Bill for Floor Debate

Nov. 13, 2012

The fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill appears to be a likely candidate for Senate floor debate during the lame-duck session, with opening statements on the sprawling policy measure expected as early as the end of this week, a senior Senate Armed Services Committee aide said. But senators are discussing lots of possible amendments, and if there is no agreement to limit them, it could jeopardize the chances of clearing the bill this year

McCain, Facing Term Limit, Considers Next Move

Nov. 12, 2012

McCain has long been the GOPís most respected voice on national security matters, relentlessly challenging the Obama administration on everything from defense spending cuts to the Sept. 11 attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

National Guard Response to Storm Builds Political Capital

Oct. 31, 2012

The National Guard has more than 10,000 troops from as far away as Alaska and California aiding Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in 13 states along the Eastern Seaboard ó a quickly organized and sizable force that will likely only fuel lawmakersí efforts to protect these state-run units from any cost-saving Pentagon proposals targeting their personnel and equipment.

Frelinghuysen, Visclosky Lining Up for Defense Appropriations Panel Leadership

Oct. 21, 2012

The powerful subcommittee that directs spending at the Pentagon is set for a leadership overhaul in the next Congress, with Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., and Peter J. Visclosky, D-Ind., the most likely contenders to take the top spots, according to aides and lobbyists.

Todd Akin Has Ruffled Feathers Before, but With Prayer

Sept. 5, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin made national headlines - and drew the ire of his party leaders - when he made comments on "legitimate rape" last month that could ultimately cost him his bid for a Missouri Senate seat. But it didn't mark the first time the six-term House Republican has set himself apart from even the most conservative Members of his party.

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