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'What the Frick:' Panetta Aides Seek to Qualify Off-the-Cuff Remarks

Breaking out of his behind-the-scenes position as CIA director, Leon Panetta is already earning a reputation as a bold and outspoken Defense secretary. On his first overseas trip in his new post to Afghanistan and Iraq, Panetta made several headline-grabbing remarks -- some that were quickly qualified by his aides.

'DAMMIT, MAKE A DECISION'

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Hotline Sort: Cracks In The Granite

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Voters head to the polls in Wisconsin and California today while the RGA goes up on TV in Kentucky. A Democrat wants to "put a shot across Obama's bow," and have Democrats found their man to run for Donnelly's seat? Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Video: Jon Stewart on News of the World - 'I Think I Just Threw Up in my Mouth a Little Bit'

Jon Stewart feels better about the media in America after learning about the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

Stephen Colbert, on what his Super PAC and the most recent "Transformers" movie have in common, "I can also rake in millions of dollars for no apparent reason."

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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Administration Sending Officials to Help Struggling Cities

In a new effort to encourage economic recovery, the Obama administration is sending federal officials to work with six struggling cities for a year, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

PICTURES: Medal of Honor Recipients

Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, who lost his hand while throwing a grenade away from two other soldiers, will receive the Medal of Honor on Tuesday. While Petry is the ninth soldier to recieve the medal since U.S. forces began fighting in Afghanistan in 2001, he is only the second who lived to receive it.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Second Living Medal of Honor Recipient to Be Honored

The shooting started without warning, and within seconds two U.S. Army Rangers—some of the military’s most highly trained soldiers—were pinned down inside an insurgent compound in eastern Afghanistan.

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Human Rights Watch: Investigate Bush Officials for Torture and Rendition

On September 26, 2002, Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian engineer, ended his vacation in Tunisia with his wife and two children to return to Canada, his homeland since the age of 17. During a layover at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, U.S. immigration officials pulled him aside, questioned him for eight hours, handcuffed him, and told him he did not have the right to an attorney. Maher was questioned, strip searched, vaccinated, and eventually put on a plane and sent to a Syrian jail where he languished for almost a year in a 3-foot-by-6-foot underground cell.

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Get Out of the Comfort Zone

On a WAMU public-radio program on Monday morning, an hour before President Obama’s news conference, host Diane Rehm asked her studio panel of three journalists whether Americans who were not part of either party’s ideological base were engaged in the current budget and debt-ceiling battle. It was a simple question, but it went to the heart of the problem.

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Senate/House Fundraising Update: Show-Me What You've Raised

A roundup of the latest noteworthy second quarter fundraising numbers from Monday and the weekend:

Senate Races:

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:52am

Panetta: U.S. Pushing Iraq to Crack Down on Militants

The U.S. will push Iraq to go after Iranian-supplied armed factions responsible for a recent spate of violence against American troops in the country, newly minted Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday.

On his first trip to Baghdad as the Defense chief, Panetta said the U.S. is "very concerned about Iran and weapons they are providing to extremists here in Iraq." 

Posted: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:23am