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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

How Flexible Can You Be?

Republicans and Democrats on the House Education and the Workforce Committee tried hard, but failed, to reach agreement on a bill to give local schools more options in using federal funds. Thus, it appears that the funding flexibility bill unveiled last week by Committee Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., is headed for another party-line vote.

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

Mica's Bill: "Stability" or "Road to Ruin"?

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., rolled out a six-year, $230 billion surface-transportation bill last week, and the reviews were, well, negative to mixed. Republicans on the committee said the bill, which would cut current transportation money by about 35 percent, maximizes the value of available funding and provides stability for states that have been living from stopgap to stopgap for the past two years.

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

DCCC Chief: 'Absolute Unity' Within Democratic Party Over Entitlement Programs

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., said Monday there is "absolute unity" within the party over entitlement programs as congressional leaders head to the White House to resolve the partisan standoff over cutting the deficit and raising the federal debt ceiling.

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

Shuttle Crew Loading Space Station

The space shuttle Atlantis, which tooks off for its final journey into orbit Friday, has docked with the International Space Station and its four crew are busy loading 9,000 pounds of supplies and equipment onto the station.

The shuttle is scheduled to stay in orbit for 12 or 13 days -- NASA wants to extend the mission if possible -- getting the space station fixed up.Most of the cargo is in a module called Raffaelo.

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