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Justin Sink, White House Correspondent, The Hill Newspaper

President Obama is going it alone for the time being. He's sending military resources to drop bombs and shoot missiles at the Islamic State line in Iraq and Syria. He's working largely without the counsel, much less consent, of Congress. Is there a big vacuum in Washington with Congress gone until after the mid-term elections? Or is there a streamlined operation without too much distraction? Justin Sink, White House correspondent for The Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Tom Temin , Congress , DoD , Justin Sink , Hill Newspaper , Federal Drive , White House , Barack Obama

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 11:05am EDT
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At 67, Air Force in good shape, but faces some uncertainty, James says

After eight months on the job, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that even though the service is in good shape, it still faces uncertainty around its budget, overseas operations and readiness.

Tags: Deborah Lee James , Air Force , DoD , budget , readiness , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Potential consequences of US airstrikes in Iraq

U.S. strikes in Iraq could lead to retaliation from the Islamic State. Their primary weapon could be the Mosul dam, which sits on the Tigris River and is about 30 miles northwest of the city of Mosul. It provides electricity to Mosul and controls the water supply for a large amount of territory. A 2007 report by the U.S. government, which was involved with the construction, is warning that if it should fail, a 65-foot wave of water would be unleashed across large areas of northern Iraq.

Tags: ISIL , Iraq , airstrikes , Mosul dam , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Friday - 08/08/2014, 11:56am EDT

ISIL acquires another tool of terror

Fighters from the Islamic State seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns over the weekend. This puts a major terror tool under their control. Water is essential for life and it being withheld could be used against the residents of the towns that were captured. On the other hand, worse control of the damn could be used to unleash flooding.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , Iraq , ISIL

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 08:58am EDT