Carl Levin

US Must Step Up Sanctions on Chinese Cyber Attacks

Experts, lawmakers call for tougher action

Lawmakers and cybersecurity experts urged Congress and President Barak Obama Tuesday to enact tougher sanctions against the Chinese government for its widespread theft of intellectual property and defense technology as well as its abuse of human rights activists.

Under Pressure

Democratic senator pressured IRS to investigate nonprofits

Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) repeatedly pressed the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of specific conservative nonprofit organizations in letters to then-IRS commissioner Doug Shulman and director Lois Lerner in 2012.

SEAL Families Looking for Answers

Claim government officials, military brass have brushed aside concerns

Family members of the fallen SEAL Team Six members shot down in Afghanistan in 2011 said members of Congress and top military brass have ignored their concerns about the circumstances surrounding their sons’ deaths at a press conference at the National Press Club on Thursday.

Securing Command

Strategic commander worried about cyber attacks on nuclear command and control

U.S. strategic nuclear weapons and the command systems that control them are vulnerable to cyber attacks although most are hardened against many types of electronic attacks, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said on Tuesday.

Hagel Clears Committee on Party-Line Vote

Contentious secretary of defense nominee heads to the Senate floor after 14-11 vote

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) voted along party lines Tuesday to send the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense secretary to the floor of the Senate, paving the way for a potential showdown over the embattled nominee.

The President’s Revenue Problem

GOP wants to avoid sequester through spending cuts; Obama wants tax hikes

Aides insist that congressional Republicans intend to meet the deadline to avoid sequestration of discretionary spending by enacting spending cuts and not raising taxes.

Minimal Disclosure

GOP senators dissatisfied by Hagel org’s limited disclosure

The Atlantic Council has released the names of foreign governments that contributed to the organization while defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel served as its chairman, but Senate Armed Services Committee Republicans are not satisfied by the limited disclosure.

Chuck in the Muck

Hagel faulted for calling US “world bully” in Al Jazeera interview

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel on Thursday faced a barrage of criticism about his fitness to be the next defense secretary, including his agreement with a controversial statement that the United States is the “world’s bully.”