McCarthy Dodges Environmentalist Coordination Questions

Republicans press EPA chief on apparent collusion with far-left groups
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Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy dodged questions on Thursday about internal emails that appear to show top EPA officials using agency events to help environmentalist groups gather comments on agency rules.

Despite Promises, Obama Planning to Close ICBM Squadron

President vowed New START treaty would not cause reduction in ICBM force
Obama Administration plans to shutdown an ICBM squadron by 2016

The Obama administration has drafted a plan to shutter an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) squadron three years after it assured hesitant lawmakers that the New START U.S.-Russia arms reduction treaty would not lead to deep cuts in the ICBM force.

Senators Question Armed EPA Raid in Alaska

Call tactics ‘heavy-handed’ and ‘wholly unnecessary’
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Two Republican senators are asking for answers following an armed Environmental Protection Agency inspection of an Alaskan gold mine in August.

Victoria Nuland Questioned About Benghazi Attack Talking Points

Republicans criticize former State Department spokeswoman
Victoria Nuland / AP

Former State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland faced tough questions from senators on Thursday about her role in the White House’s efforts to alter public talking points about the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

Barrasso: ‘We Haven’t Seen Justice Overseas or Here’

Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) expressed disappointment that the Obama administration promise to bring justice to the terrorists responsible for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi had gone unfulfilled during an interview on Fox Business Wednesday. Barrasso added that there was also a lack of responsibility being taken by State Department officials who …

Nuke Plan Hurting Hagel

Senators with home-state strategic bases voice concerns on Hagel’s Global Zero anti-nuclear views
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A new front is opening in the Senate confirmation fight over former Sen. Chuck Hagel as senators from states with nuclear bases are questioning the defense secretary nominee’s role in the Global Zero commission that advocates eliminating all nuclear weapons and making unilateral strategic arms cuts.