Richard Lardner’s Recent Stories
World May 20Congo’s political crisis stokes fears the nation could slip into chaos
"If we allow Joseph Kabila to remain in power, he's going to become a president for life," said Francis Kalombo, a member of Kabila's ruling party. "He's going to keep pushing and pushing and pushing and that will lead to…
Politics May 17Senate approves Sept. 11 legislation despite Saudi threats
WASHINGTON — The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, rejecting the fierce objections of a U.S. ally and setting Congress on a collision course with the Obama…
Nation May 17GOP blocks provision to require women to register for draft
WASHINGTON — Buckling under conservative pressure, the Republican-led House Rules Committee pulled a legislative sleight of hand and stripped a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have required women between the ages of 18 and 25 to…
Nation May 13Coming soon: A military draft for women?
A Senate bill wants women to register for draft in 2018.
Nation May 11Senate says female WWII pilots’ ashes may be placed at Arlington Cemetery
These female pilots served in a unit called Women Airforce Service Pilots. They flew noncombat missions to free up male pilots for combat.
Nation Apr 28House committee votes to require women to register for draft
WASHINGTON — Women would be required to register for the military draft under a House committee's bill that comes just months after the Defense Department lifted all gender-based restrictions on front-line combat units.
Politics Apr 26Panel confirms first female officer for warfighting command
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved the nomination of the first female officer to lead one of the military's warfighting commands.
Politics Apr 24GOP senators fact check Trump on foreign policy
The Senate's leading Republican voices on national security are assembling an indictment of Donald Trump's worldview by soliciting rebuttals from U.S. military leaders that challenge the accuracy and legality of the GOP presidential front-runner's most provocative foreign policy positions.
Nation Apr 12Bono urges lawmakers to view aid as national security
Bono brought his star power to Capitol Hill Tuesday as he called on members of Congress to take swift action on the refugee crisis and violent extremism.
World Apr 05Iran will not get access to U.S. financial system under nuclear deal
Iran will not be given access to the U.S. financial system as part of the sanctions relief granted under the landmark nuclear deal, according to a senior Obama administration official.