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What's Next for the Senate's Detainee Provisions?

Defying a White House veto threat, the Senate adopted controversial detainee provisions within the defense authorization bill last week that would require mandatory military detention for some terrorism suspects. Do you agree with the administration and a slew of law enforcement, intelligence, and Pentagon officials who argue the provisions reduce their flexibility in handling the war on terror? Or do you agree with the Senate Armed Services Committee leadership who insist the provisions merely "codify" existing procedures? Will the White House veto the bill?

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 9:40am

Reid to Introduce New Payroll-Tax Cut Package

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will introduce a new package extending payroll-tax cuts on Monday, according to Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota.

Conrad said the package from Reid would cover the cost of the tax cut “in a way that’s credible and serious,” but declined to give details on exactly how the bill would be paid for.

“It’s a compromise of what was voted on last week, a serious attempt to move this ball forward,” Conrad said on Fox News Sunday.

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 7:40am

Perry Letter Seeks to Woo Cain Supporters

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has wasted no time in trying to lure the supporters of Atlanta businessman Herman Cain, who suspended his campaign yesterday.

Perry's campaign has set up a page on his campaign website telling voters that with Cain gone, he is the only true "Washington outsider" left in the presidential race.

Posted: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 10:40pm

Polls: Putin's Party Headed Toward Smaller Victory

Early polling shows Russian voters were on track to deliver the long-time ruling party of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin something of a rebuke Sunday, with United Russia losing far more seats than expected, according to the New York Times.

Posted: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 7:40pm

Has the War with Iran Already Begun?

Two incidents that occurred on Sunday—Iran’s claim of a shoot-down of a U.S. drone, and an explosion outside the British embassy in Bahrain—may have been unrelated. But they appear to add to growing evidence that an escalating covert war by the West is under way against Iran, and that Tehran is retaliating with greater intensity than ever.

Posted: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 7:40pm

Police, Protesters Clash in Washington's McPherson Square

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Posted: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 6:40pm

Romney, Perry Have Bought Most Ads

The advertising wars are in full swing four weeks before the Iowa caucuses, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is far outspending the rest of the field, according to data provided by a Republican keeping a close eye on key media markets.

Posted: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 4:40pm

Has the War with Iran Already Begun?

Two incidents that occurred on Sunday—Iran’s claim of a shoot-down of a U.S. drone, and an explosion outside the British embassy in Bahrain—may have been unrelated. But they appear to add to growing evidence that an escalating covert war by the West is under way against Iran, and that Tehran is retaliating with greater intensity than ever.

Posted: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 4:40pm

Obama Offers Zardari Condolences Over Pakistan Airstrike, Says Attack Not Deliberate

The attack that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers late last month was not deliberately carried out, President Obama said Sunday in a phone call to his counterpart President Asif Ali Zardari. 

According to the White House, Obama also offered his condolences on the loss of life after the aerial attack killed 24 soldiers on Pakistan's border with Afganistan.

 The NATO airstrike enervated already-tense U.S.-Pakistan relations, with Pakistan closing supply routes into Afghanistan and ordering the U.S. to close launching sites it uses for drone strikes.

Posted: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 2:40pm

Insiders Side With White House on Senate's Detainee Provisions

National Journal's National Security Insiders sided with the Obama administration and the Pentagon in their opposition to the controversial detainee provisions the Senate adopted as part of its massive defense authorization bill.

Posted: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 1:40pm