Military

A GOP sea change on climate? Not quite
 

The GOP has long been known as the party of climate change denial, but some Republican lawmakers have been coming around to the idea that climate change is caused by human activity.

“I don’t think it’s a sign of weakness to evaluate new science, new information and new tech, and come to different conclusions,” said Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of a handful of Republican lawmakers hoping to push their party in the direction of addressing climate change.

Watch: Paul Ryan Receives Award at Pentagon
 

Doing Nothing Is Doing Something: Trump, Congress and the Use of Force
 

House Stands Down on Women in the Draft
 

After the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a provision in the defense authorization bill that would require women to register for the draft, the Rules Committee watered down the language of the House version of the bill, downgrading that requirement to a mere study.

While most Democrats were expected to vote in favor of adding women to the draft, many Republicans voiced opposition. Sen. Ted Cruz even suggested supporters of the measure were “nuts.”

Obama: We’re Hitting ISIS ‘Harder Than Ever’
 

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: Omnibus
 

 Carter Opens All Military Jobs to Women
 

In a landmark decision Thursday, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter ordered the military to open all combat jobs to women, making "no exceptions" granted to applicants qualify for the position.

What You Missed: House Hearing on U.S. Middle East Strategy
 

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday, discussing the United State’s military strategy in Syria and Iraq.

Obama Calls on Russia to Shift Syria Strategy
 

President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande held a joint news conference Tuesday, discussing how the two countries will proceed militarily in regard to their efforts to destroy the Islamic State. The two world leaders called upon Russia to shift its military focus to taking down the Islamic State, rather than propping up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“Given Russia's military capabilities and the influence they have on the Assad regime, them cooperating would be enormously helpful in bringing about resolution of the civil war in Syria, and allow us all to refocus our attention on ISIL,” Obama said.