Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises.
As President Obama prepared to fly to Las Vegas Friday to tout his new executive actions on immigration, a top White House adviser faced journalists in a Washington hotel ballroom where an eggs-and-sausage breakfast was being served.
President Obama's decision to authorize a wider U.S. military role in Afghanistan next year was a pragmatic one, a recognition that as much as he would like it to be so, the fighting in Afghanistan is not over.
President Barack Obama has ruled out sending a large ground force to the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, but support is growing in Congress for dispatching small numbers of U.S. troops near the front lines of combat against the militant group.
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.