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Boehner and Obama Play War Powers Brinksmanship

In a letter released on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) issued President Obama a not-so-friendly reminder that the clock is ticking on his Libya mission: The 1973 War Powers Resolution says the president can only deploy U.S. military troops for a maximum 90 days without congressional authorization, Boehner noted, and those 90 days are up in Libya on Sunday.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 12:40pm

The Homemade Weapons of Libya's Rebel Forces

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 11:40am

U.S. Diplomat: No Sign of al-Qaida WMD Plot to Avenge Death

The U.S. government has not yet seen any indications of an al-Qaeda plot to exact revenge for the killing of Osama bin Laden by using weapons of mass destruction, a top counterterrorism official said Tuesday morning.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 10:40am

Defense Official: U.S. Needs Effective Strategy

The United States still lacks an effective strategy to prevent or counter the potential loss or diversion of a weapon of mass destruction somewhere in the world, according to a senior Defense Department official.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 10:40am

Social Security Has Been Doling Out $8 Billion to the Wrong People

To the tune of $8 billion, the Social Security Administration has been shelling out payments to individuals "not entitled to receive money" or receiving more than "they should have," according to a government investigator. How did the chosen few manage to score the undeserved pay dirt? It appears they fudged their numbers. "Most of the overpayments went to people who did not report all their resources," said Patrick O'Carroll, the inspector general for Social Security.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 10:40am

Mullen: Local Groups Need to Take Lead on Services for Military Families

Local communities nationwide, not Washington, must take the lead on providing a strong network of support for service members and their families, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during an event Tuesday.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 10:40am

Rick Perry Tests Out Stump Speech

Texas Gov. Rick Perry pledged that "we will take America back"--but did not follow it with "by running for president"--in a speech to Manhattan Republicans Tuesday night. Interestingly, Perry was speaking as a replacement for Donald Trump, who canceled after abandoning his own GOP 2012 ambitions.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 10:40am

How Much More Climate Change Evidence Do You Need?

Tom Toles seems to think evidence is mounting, and wonders how many more natural disasters it will take for conservatives to recognize climate change.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 10:40am

40 Years Later, War on Drugs Has Created a Bloated DEA

Police officers, judges, and prison guards opposed to drug prohibition gathered in Washington on Tuesday to mark an eye-opening milestone: the 40th anniversary of President Nixon's War on Drugs.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 10:40am

Governor Walker's Anti-Union Law Takes Effect In Wisconsin

On Tuesday evening, the Wisconsin Supreme Court made it easier for Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union law to take effect. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, the court overruled a circuit court judge who halted implementing the law, which takes away most collective bargaining rights from public unions, due to technicalities in how the law was passed.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 10:40am