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World Jan 11House moves on North Korea sanctions bill after bomb test
WASHINGTON -- The House pushed ahead on legislation that seeks to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test by expanding sanctions on Pyongyang, a move with strong bipartisan support despite questions over how effective the new restrictions can be.
Nation Nov 18Opaque military justice system shields child sex abuse cases
Child sex offenders make up the largest category of inmates in U.S. military prisons, yet a full accounting of their crimes and how much time they're actually locked up is shielded by an opaque system of justice, an Associated Press…
Politics May 31Report: Ex-Nazis received $20 million in Social Security benefits
A Social Security Administration watchdog found the agency paid $20.2 million in benefits to more than 130 suspected Nazi war criminals, SS guards, and others who may have participated in the Third Reich's atrocities during World War II.
Politics May 04Gillibrand: Number of military sex crimes greater than Pentagon first reported
The number of sex-related crimes occurring in U.S. military communities is far greater than the Defense Department has publicly reported, a U.S. senator said Monday in a scathing critique that asserts the Pentagon has refused to provide her information about…
World Apr 05Corker: Congressional scrutiny essential in Iran nuclear deal
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says congressional scrutiny and approval of any nuclear agreement with Iran is essential and will help ensure the deal isn't a bad one.
Nation Mar 06Senate blocks change to who can prosecute military sexual assault cases
The Senate blocked a bill that would have stripped senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses in the ranks. The Pentagon's leadership vigorously opposed the measure, arguing that officers should have more responsibility, not…
Politics Mar 06Senate to vote on military sexual assault bill
WASHINGTON -- Legislation to curb sexual assaults in the military by stripping senior commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses is headed for a highly anticipated vote in the Senate. The bill, which is expected to…