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5 hrs ago | NewsOK.com

Courage, detective work led to Medal of Honor for Oklahoman killed in Vietnam

A website posting and a call out of the blue led the mother of U.S. Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat, of Coweta, Oklahoma, who was killed 40 years earlier in Vietnam, on a long-shot quest to get his selfless act of bravery recognized.

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Related Topix: US Military, US Army, Coweta, OK, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Tulsa, OK, Wagoner County, OK

7 hrs ago | The Baltimore Sun

Federal agencies mulling threat of tax debtors holding security clearances

The officials who are responsible for safeguarding the nation's intelligence secrets are trying to figure out how to better vet millions of employees and contractors with security clearances, after auditors found that some of those workers owed more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in unpaid taxes. About 83,000 employees and contractors at the Department of Defense owed more than $730 million in unpaid taxes, the Government Accountability Office reported last month.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, Dutch Ruppersberger, US House of Representatives, Democrat, US Senate, Republican

Thu Sep 11, 2014

WRIC-TV Richmond

8News Investigates: Defense Industry Dollars Going to Virginia Congressmen

On this 13th Anniversary of 9/11, local lawmakers are questioning if the lines between police and military have been blurred in the war on terrorism. 8News Anchor Kerri O'Brien recently exposed some heavy military equipment like MRAP's, mine resistant vehicles, in the hands of local law enforcement.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Randy Forbes, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Randolph-Macon College, US Senate

Russia Taday

Entirety of US gov't has likely been hacked, leading to...

Every sector of the United States government has likely been hacked at some point, according to the FBI, which has lent to "unprecedented" partnerships with private industry to protect financial interests targeted by "a wide range of cyber adversaries." Top cybersecurity officials in the federal government told a Senate panel on Wednesday that high-profile cyberattacks on major retailers such as Target and Home Depot have been a topic of major concern for the US Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other counterterrorism units.

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Related Topix: Prison, US News, US Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Politics, Senator Tom Carper, US Senate, Thomas Carper, Democrat, Republican

Wed Sep 10, 2014

The Washington Post

D.C. statehood hearing will feature mix of officials and experts

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Vincent C. Gray will both testify Monday on D.C. statehood before a Senate committee. The District's top elected officials and a panel of legal and policy experts will testify next week before Congress on statehood for the District of Columbia .

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Related Topix: US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Eleanor Holmes Norton, US Politics, Thomas Carper, US Senate, Georgetown University, George Bush, Republican

Washington Examiner

Tom Coburn calls ISIS threat 'spilled milk'

Sen. Tom Coburn said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a situation the U.S. created and now... Sen. Tom Coburn said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a situation the U.S. created and now it's "time for us to clean it up." The Oklahoma Republican likened the Islamic State threat to "spilled milk" on "Morning Joe," a situation the country is now past and ready to address.

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Related Topix: US Senate, Republican, US Politics, US News

Jewish World Review

Liberty Belle by Betsy McCaughey:

President Obama will be meeting with congressional leaders and military advisers on Tuesday to frame a strategy for battling ISIS overseas. Better late than never.

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Related Topix: Immigration Reform, US Politics, US News, Patrick Leahy, US Senate, Democrat, Republican

The Washington Post

josh_hicks

Sen. Tom Coburn last week questioned whether the government can legally extend federal-employee health benefits to its roughly 120,000 temporary and seasonal workers, as proposed by the Office of Personnel Management. In a letter to OPM Director Katherine Archuleta , Coburn said current law prohibits federal workers from enrolling in the program before "1 year of current continuous employment, excluding any break in service of 5 days or less."

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Personnel Management, Human Resources, Sports

Tue Sep 09, 2014

NewsOK.com

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says federal government shouldn't arm local police

Shawnee police officer Cpl. Andrew Terry demonstrates a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle in Shawnee, Friday September, 05 2014.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Muskogee, OK, Senator Rand Paul

KSBW-TV

Militarization of police in Del Rey Oaks discussed at DC hearing

During a U.S. Senate hearing, data was released on military equipment provided to local law enforcement, including the Del Rey Oaks Police Department. THIS NEWS OUT OF HOLLISTER COMES AS POLICE DEPARTMENTS HERE ON THE CENTRAL COAST AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE COMING UNDER CLOSER SCRUTINY FOR THEIR USE OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT-- THAT THEY'RE BECOMING TOO MILITARIZED.

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Related Topix: Del Rey Oaks, CA, Electronic, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican

Mother Jones

Pentagon and Other Agencies Slammed for Police Militarization at Senate Hearing

In a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing Tuesday , Democratic and Republican lawmakers slammed officials from the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice for their handling of federal programs that help provide military grade vehicles, equipment, and weapons to local police departments across the country. The hearing was called in response to the events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri, after an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a white police officer, and peaceful protests were met by a heavily militarized police force.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Senator Rand Paul, Claire McCaskill, Democrat

Roll Call

Bayonets, Camo, Armored Vehicles: Senate Panel Criticizes Ferguson Response

One month after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the Senate convened its first hearing on police militarization. After watching a suburban street in St. Louis be transformed into a "war zone," complete with camouflage, armored vehicles and guns with laser sight grips, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., sought answers on how the federal government played a significant role in "enabling" police to obtain the fatigues, weapons and equipment that were used against protesters .

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Related Topix: Ferguson, MO, US Politics, US News, Claire McCaskill, US Senate, Democrat, Republican, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Ron Johnson

The Washington Post

Is this the end of 'tough on crime'?

A riot police officer aims his weapon while demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., in this file photo taken Aug. 13, 2014. A month after protesters and heavily armed police first began to clash in Ferguson, Mo., the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing Tuesday morning on the use of military equipment by police departments, and the federal programs that make it possible.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Claire McCaskill, US Senate, Democrat, Violent Crime, Riot, Ferguson, MO, Republican

News Max

Sen. Coburn's Plan Balances the Budget

Experts predict that by the year 2020, 89 percent of the federal budget will be devoted to paying the interest on the national debt and funding Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. There are two approaches to solving this problem: One, Congress could adjust social welfare spending to where the nation could live within its means, maintain a strong defense, and still care for the truly needy.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Medicare, Medicaid, Health, Social Security, Personal Finance

New York Post

No-brainers for keeping ISIS out

Better late than never. But his plan reportedly sees it taking three years to destroy ISIS, and Obama still has said nothing about stopping jihadists from bringing their terror here.

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Related Topix: Immigration Reform, US Politics, US News, Patrick Leahy, US Senate, Democrat, Republican

Mon Sep 08, 2014

Hot Air

Sure sounds like Ted Cruz is getting closer to running for president

A complement to Friday's post on Jeb Bush . I don't know how I convinced myself that Cruz probably wouldn't run, but I did.

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Related Topix: Senator Ted Cruz, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Senator Rand Paul, Scott Walker, US Governors, 2012 Presidential Election, US House of Representatives, Darrell Issa

Roll Call

Security Clearance Contractor USIS Rebuffs Edward Snowden Attack

A man holds up a placard during a protest march outside the American NSA facility "Dagger Complex" in Griesheim near Darmstadt, central Germany on July 26. USIS, the biggest federal contractor for background checks for security clearances, had to be happy to get a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services contract worth $190 million recently, because the company had been on a bad news streak. All the contract seemed to do, though, was give ammunition to its critics - including a chorus of them from Capitol Hill - prompting USIS to issue a "myth vs. fact" declaration Monday.

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Related Topix: World News, Germany, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican

Lincoln Daily News

Terror alert: Foreign students go off grid with expired visas

The Department of Homeland Security says 6,000 of them represent a national security threat, but the DHS admits it has no idea where they are.

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Related Topix: Immigration Reform, US Politics, US News, Republican

New York Daily News

a Gop guy thing

Two Republicans who happen to be men are inexcusably blocking a drive to establish in Washington a National Women's History Museum that would chronicle the achievements of half the nation. With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Carolyn Maloney won House passage in May of a measure to establish a privately funded bipartisan commission that would study the museum's feasibility.

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Related Topix: US News, US Senate, Republican, US Politics, Opinion

Sun Sep 07, 2014

The Washington Post

Public has at least a somea confidence in feds after shutdown

Last year's 16-day partial government shutdown was a difficult time in many ways, but it appears to have generated some lasting good will for federal employees. Almost three-quarters of those surveyed by George Washington University "had 'a lot' or 'some' confidence in federal civilian workers," according to a report planned for release Monday.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, US Senate, Republican

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