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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Shortly after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced he would be stepping down, it appears that two top contenders to serve as his replacement have taken themselves out of the running. In a letter to the board of directors of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), Michele Flournoy, a former undersecretary of defense . . .
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

In Washington, analysts and pundits are continuing to pick apart the resignation yesterday of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. In Foreign Policy, David Rothkopf argues that sacking Hagel is not a cure for President Obama’s foreign policy woes; Hagel’s supposedly rocky performance was, instead, “a symptom of the disease.” Several news sources have written about . . .
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Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will step down from his post, according to the New York Times. Hagel will do so “under pressure” from the administration, but the exact reasons are still unclear. Per the Times: The officials described Mr. Obama’s decision to remove Mr. Hagel, 68, as a recognition that the threat from the Islamic State would require . . .
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Friday, November 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

The fight over immigration in Washington is underway. Last night, President Obama gave a prime time speech outlining his plan to act unilaterally on immigration, which would allow up to five million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country and work legally. The new plan will have Immigration and Customs Enforcement focus increasingly on recent . . .
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Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Is an Iranian nuclear deal going to happen? Four days before a scheduled deadline in talks, the answer to that question is as unclear as ever. Foreign Policy carries the comments of US Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, who said that while reaching a deal by the deadline was “not impossible,” he thinks “it’s going . . .
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Yesterday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)’s USA Freedom Act failed to pass the Senate. Intended to reform the National Security Agency (NSA) and limit government surveillance, the bill received fifty-eight votes, just two shy of the sixty necessary to block a filibuster. A number of Senate Republicans, including Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)—who will serve as Majority . . .
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

According to the BBC, a report from the Global Terrorism Index found that the number of deaths from terrorism increased by 61 percent in 2013, while the number of attacks increased by 44 percent. We begin our coverage today with saddening news of several more. A horrendous act of violence has left Jerusalem paralyzed. Earlier . . .
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Monday, November 17, 2014 at 8:01 AM

The Islamic State has executed another American hostage. This weekend, ISIS released a video documenting the beheading of humanitarian aid worker and former Army Ranger, Peter Kassig, also known by is Muslim name, Abdul-Rahman Kassig. The New York Times reports that President Obama was quick to condemn the “act of pure evil.” Some outlets have picked . . .
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Friday, November 14, 2014 at 3:49 PM

On the same day that ISIS’s Chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, re-emerged in a 17-minute audio recording, the United States’ top general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told the House Armed Services Committee that he would consider deploying a small number of US troops alongside of Iraqi forces in operations to retake . . .
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Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Breaking news flooding onto our Twitter streams today: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has released a new audio recording of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, accompanied by English translation of his remarks. If the audio is authentic, it would confirm that al-Baghdadi survived a coalition air strike that was suspected of killing or, at least, injuring . . .
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

As Congress enters its lame-duck session, Foreign Policy outlines the nine ways that foreign policy will dominate the agenda. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) anticipates that the Senate will soon consider an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State. The Virginian-Pilot quotes him as saying, “I think you’ll see us move to . . .
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Monday, November 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

The United States carried out a series of airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria this weekend. The New York Times reports that the strikes hit “a convoy of 10 armed trucks of the Islamic State … as well as vehicles and two of the group’s checkpoints near the border with Syria.” Per the AP, it is . . .
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Friday, November 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

This week, President Obama will ask Congress to approve $3.2 billion in additional funding for U.S. operations against the Islamic State. This figure comes as an amendment to the pending $58.6 billion war operations budget for this fiscal year. According to Bloomberg News, the money will be used for intelligence gathering, retraining the Iraqi military, . . .
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Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Yesterday, President Obama announced that he plans to seek new Congressional authorization for the ongoing military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The New York Times quotes President Obama saying, “the world needs to know we are united behind this effort and that the men and women of our military deserve our . . .
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

First of all: Happy Guy Fawkes Day from all of us at Lawfare. 4 years after the 2010 Republican wave, Democrats across the country got shellacked again yesterday. The GOP took control of the Senate outright, the first time it has done so in 8 years, and expanded their lead in the House of Representatives . . .
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

All across the United States, people are going to the polls today to vote in this year’s midterm elections. 19.3 million early votes have already been logged in the most expensive midterm election ever. At stake are all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 36 Senate spots, 36 governorships, dozens of ballot measures and . . .
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Monday, November 3, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Today marks the beginning of oral arguments in the landmark Zivotofsky v. Kerry case. Lawfare has devoted extensive coverage to the trial and its implications, a small selection of which can be found here, here and here. For a fresh take on Zivotofsky and what it could portend for presidential power, check out Yishai Schwartz’s analysis at the . . .
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Friday, October 31, 2014 at 5:09 PM

In a fast-moving situation, Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore has announced that he will resign and the military has seized power following violent protests in which demonstrators set fire to parliament. The news marks the end of Mr. Compaore’s 27-year rule. The New York Times has more on the breaking story while Foreign Policy has a stunning series . . .
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Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 1:57 PM

As Israeli paper Yediot Achronot noted in a headline yesterday, “Jerusalem continues to burn.” The instability wracking the disputed, holy city reached new heights yesterday with the attempted assassination by a Palestinian of a prominent right-wing Jewish activist, US-born Yehuda Glick. The suspected assailant, 32-year-old Moataz Hejazi, was later killed by Israeli police officers during . . .
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the first death associated with current U.S. operations in Iraq and Syria. According to Air Force Times, Cpl. Jordan L. “Spears [died]… in the Persian Gulf on Oct. 1 when he jumped from an MV-22B Osprey that nearly crashed shortly after taking off from the flight deck of [an]… . . .
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