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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 13, 2013

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) talks about his plans as the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Greg Kutz of TIGTA discusses new progress being made by the IRS in recruitment and hiring. Jennifer Martinez, staff writer at The Hill newspaper, discusses the new Executive Order on cybersecurity. Don Kettl of the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy offers insight on the State of the Union speech.

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 09:01am EST

Military issues dire warnings of readiness crisis, decries political gridlock

Among the warnings the military's top uniformed officers delivered to the Senate Tuesday: Half of Marine Corps units will fall below readiness standards by the end of the year, the Army will have to curtail training for 80 percent of its ground forces and shipyards are already becoming short-staffed because of DoD's hiring freeze.

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 06:02am EST
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Top officers issue urgent warning over budget cuts

US military's top leaders says looming spending cuts may leave troops unprepared for combat

Tuesday - 02/12/2013, 07:14pm EST

Senate Democrats craft bill to avert budget cuts

Senate Democrats craft bill to avert automatic budget cuts to Pentagon, domestic programs

Monday - 02/11/2013, 08:38pm EST

Senate panel to vote Tuesday on Hagel nomination

Senate committee to vote Tuesday on Hagel nomination as Dem chairman rejects GOP demands

Monday - 02/11/2013, 08:20pm EST

Brennan defends drone strikes, even on Americans

CIA nominee Brennan defends drone strikes, says he doesn't know if waterboarding is effective

Friday - 02/08/2013, 04:04am EST

Panetta says US at risk of being second-rate power

Defense secretary warns military readiness crisis coming if automatic budget cuts are allowed

Friday - 02/08/2013, 04:04am EST

Senate panel postpones vote on Hagel nomination

Senate panel postpones vote on Hagel nomination amid Republican calls for more information

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 11:04am EST

GOP sequestration plan calls for reducing federal workforce

Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have proposed an alternative to the automatic budget cuts set to go into effect next month that includes reducing the size of the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition.

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 04:40pm EST
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Obama to visit Israel in first visit as president

President Barack Obama plans to visit Israel in the spring, marking his first visit to the nation since becoming president.

Tuesday - 02/05/2013, 01:15pm EST

Senate passes bill to improve embassy security

By voice vote, the Senate passed the bipartisan measure that would give the department the authority to use surplus funds that are no longer needed in Iraq, where the United States has scaled back operations. The bill now goes to the House.

Tuesday - 02/05/2013, 07:49am EST

Obama to campaign for gun proposals in Minnesota

The fate of his gun proposals on Capitol Hill uncertain, President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and install universal background checks for gun buyers.

Monday - 02/04/2013, 06:07am EST

Panetta says politics at play in Hagel questioning

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said "the political knives" came out when Chuck Hagel faced fellow Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to be Pentagon chief.

Sunday - 02/03/2013, 08:43am EST

Another GOP senator backs Hagel for defense post

A second Republican senator says he will back former Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next Pentagon chief.

Saturday - 02/02/2013, 06:16pm EST

Term limits, now

Thanks to congressional redistricting, many members of the House of Representatives have jobs for life if they choose to keep running for reelection. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders: Is it maybe time for term limits for everybody?

Friday - 02/01/2013, 02:00am EST

Senate confirms Kerry nomination for State Dept.

The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama's choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 07:05pm EST

Lawmakers call on President to fill widespread IG vacancies

House and Senate lawmakers have called on President Barack Obama to fill inspector general vacancies at six large agencies, including open spots at the Departments of Homeland Security and State.

Friday - 01/25/2013, 07:43pm EST

Democratic support for Hagel grows

Democratic support for Chuck Hagel's nomination for defense secretary grew on Thursday as the former Republican senator allayed concerns about his past statements on Israel and Iran.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 11:34pm EST

Kerry tackles questions on Iran, Syria, Hagel

Sen. John Kerry, President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of state, collected pledges of support Thursday and testified at his confirmation hearing that U.S. foreign policy should be defined by a helping hand as well as military strength.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 08:07pm EST

Reid says Senate Dems will accept House debt bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Senate Democrats will support a House Republican bill extending the government's ability to borrow for four months.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 12:10pm EST
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