Obama nominates Ashton Carter for Pentagon chief

Dec 6, 2014

Obama nominates Ashton Carter for Pentagon chief

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated veteran defense expert Ashton Carter as his defense secretary, a job that will require him to tackle messy wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan and try to fend off potentially damaging budget cuts. In Carter, Obama chose ...

Dec 5, 2014

China gains foothold on American campuses, scholars say

China’s authoritarian government is gaining a foothold on American campuses by funding dozens of institutes that project a rose-tinted view of the Asian nation that compromises the academic integrity of U.S. universities, a congressional hearing has been told. Scholars of China testified that these ...

Dec 4, 2014

Takata rejects broader U.S. air bag recall

A senior Takata Corp. executive on Wednesday defended the company’s rejection of a broader recall for its potentially deadly air bags, insisting that testing data did not back such an action. Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president at the Japanese auto parts maker, confirmed at ...

Jeb Bush condemns Obama immigration order

Dec 2, 2014

Jeb Bush condemns Obama immigration order

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hinted Monday that a decision on his presidential ambitions is coming “in short order” as he condemned President Barack Obama’s recent immigration order for going “way beyond” what other presidents have done — including his own father. Bush, the ...

Dec 2, 2014

Obama dealt major setback in closing Guantanamo

President Barack Obama’s 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, suffered a major setback as lawmakers finalizing the annual defense policy bill rejected steps toward shuttering the facility. Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, the chairman of the Armed Services ...

Frontrunners emerge for top Pentagon job

Nov 25, 2014

Frontrunners emerge for top Pentagon job

A pair of frontrunners have emerged to take charge at the Pentagon after President Barack Obama announced the departure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. If former Undersecretary Michele Flournoy gets the nod, she will be the first woman to hold the role, and neither ...

Nov 24, 2014

Republicans step up offensive on Obama's immigration order

Congressional Republicans stepped up their rhetoric against President Barack Obama’s immigration order, vowing to reverse his move to allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. temporarily. Republicans from the House and the Senate said his actions are more sweeping ...

Obama on collision course with Republicans after trip

Nov 17, 2014

Obama on collision course with Republicans after trip

After a productive trip abroad, U.S. President Barack Obama returned to Washington on Sunday to face a collision course with Republicans on immigration and an oil pipeline project, showdowns that threaten prospects for cooperation over his remaining two years in office. The contentious immigration ...

As U.S. immigration reform fizzles, states step in

Nov 16, 2014

As U.S. immigration reform fizzles, states step in

by Ivan Couronne

Humberto Cruz Salas lives in the United States illegally. But in September, the Colorado resident got a state-issued driver’s license. Despite the lack of progress on immigration reform at the federal level, a growing number of states are offering greater rights, and more documents, ...