Breakdown In Background Check System Tied To Texas Church Shooting

The shooter in the Texas church shooting was apparently able to get his weapons because the Air Force failed to report his domestic violence conviction.

Federal Court Blocks Implementation Of Trump’s Ban On Transgender Soldiers

A Federal Judge in Washington, D.C. has blocked the Trump Administration from implementing its ban on transgender soldiers.

America’s Forgotten, And Forever, Wars

America has become involved in conflicts around the world, largely without the knowledge of the American people or the consent of their representatives, and it doesn’t appear that’s going to end anytime soon.

Donald Trump’s Disturbing Obsession With, And Ignorance About, Nuclear Weapons

Donald Trump continues to be as astoundingly ignorant about the most powerful weapons the U.S. military possesses as he was as a candidate.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Under Investigation For Trip That Coincided With Eclipse

Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin’s trip to Kentucky that ‘just happened’ to coincide with last month’s eclipse is being investigated by the Treasury Department’s Inspector General.

No, General Mattis Is Not Defying Trump On The Transgender Military Ban

Contrary to reports, Secretary of Defense Mattis is not defying the President on his order to bar transgender Americans from serving in the military.

Defense Secretary Mattis Joins Tillerson In Rebuking Trump Over Charlottesville

Another Cabinet member rebukes the President for his comments about Charlottesville.

Pair Of New Lawsuits Challenge Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

President Trump’s effort to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military faces two new legal challenges.

Trump Signs Order Barring Transgender Service Members

President Trump’s shameful decision to ban transgender Americans from the military has nothing to do with military readiness and everything to do with pandering to his far-right base.

Trump Administration Set To Formalize Transgender Military Ban

The Trump Administration has reportedly finalized its order to the Defense Department regarding a ban on military service by transgender soldiers.

Transgender Troops Sue Trump Over Military Ban

Just about two weeks after being announced, the President’s proposed ban on military service by transgender troops is being challenged in Court.

Not So Fast On That Transgender Ban, Joint Chiefs Say

The Joint Chiefs of Staff are making clear that President Trump’s tweets are not official policy. At least not yet.

Trump Announces Ban On Transgender Military Service

A step backward on civil rights from a President who claimed he would be a friend to the LGBT community.

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Donald Trump Discovers Being President Is Hard

Donald Trump seems to be surprised that being President requires actual work.

Trump Administration Issues Revised Muslim Travel Ban

President Trump has issued a revised ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim nations.

Trump’s Best Speech Was Still Pretty Awful

It was both the best speech Trump has ever given and the worst presidential address I can recall

Trump Selects Lt. General H.R. McMaster To Be National Security Adviser

President Trump has actually made a good pick for National Security Adviser. As with the rest of his foreign policy team, though, the question is if he’ll listen to him.

Bureaucratic Insurgency

There are growing signs that the Deep State is seeking to thwart legal orders from President Trump. This is dangerous.

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

A potentially controversial commutation from President Obama today.

Supreme Court To Hear Argument In Free Speech Case

An important free speech case is coming up this week at the Supreme Court.

Greater Deference to Generals Has Undermined Civilian Control of the Military

I’m in the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Duke’s Peter Feaver.

Military Ends Transgender Ban

Unlike previous civil rights changes, this one came without much fanfare, fight, or even discussion.

Benghazi Committee Report Uncovers Mistakes, But No Wrongdoing

As with each previous committee that investigated the 2012 attack on the U.S outpost in Benghazi, the House Select Committee finds that mistakes were made but no evidence of wrongdoing or cover-ups.

Army And Marine Chiefs: Women Should Be Required To Register For Draft Just Like Men

The Army Chief of Staff and Commandant of the Marine Corps told Congress that women should be required to register for the draft just like men are.

Sanctions Against Iran Partially Lifted As Compliance With Nuclear Deal Is Confirmed By IAEA

Another hopeful step forward, thanks to diplomacy.

SpaceX Pulls Off Historic Launch And Return Of Rocket After Delivering Satellites Into Orbit

Last night, SpaceX successfully launched a rocket to the edge of space, deployed cargo, and returned to Earth. A huge and potentially revolutionary accomplishment.

Are The Intelligence Reports On ISIS Being Cooked, And If So Why?

Disturbing reports over the weekend that American leaders may not be getting the kind of unbiased intelligence analysis about ISIS that they need to make decisions.

House Passes Bill To Limit Syrian Refugee Program, But Its Fate Remains Uncertain

With little actual debate and despite Paul Ryan’s promise of a return to ‘regular order,’ the House has passed a hastily drafted bill in response to the largely fear-based response to Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Despite Previous Promises Not To Do So, Obama Is Putting Boots On The Ground In Syria

Another day, another military escalation in the Middle East.

Obama Administration Abandoning Program To Train And Equip “Moderate” Syrian Rebels

In the wake of failure that could have been easily foreseen, the Obama Administration is ending a program to train so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels.

Lindsey Graham Promoted Twice As Absentee Reservist

Lindsey Graham recently retired as a colonel in the Air Force Reserves after 33 years of service. His missed most of the last twenty.

US Military Ends Transgender Ban

The Defense Department is working to fully integrate transgender troops.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Released November 21st

After 30 years in prison, Jonathan Pollard will be released later this year.

U.S. Considering Releasing Jonathan Pollard?

Reports are circulating that the Obama Administration is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard, and many are seeing it as an effort to placate Israel in the wake of the Iran deal.

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Political Hack Resigns As OPM Director

The unqualified hack who led OPM while China stole 21 million sensitive personnel files has finally resigned.

Obama Administration To Take Steps To Cut Back On Police Militarization

President Obama is taking steps to reduce police militarization, but there’s much more that needs to be done.

Navy Secretary Doubling Maternity Leave to 12 Weeks, Lowering Weight Standards

Ray Mabus is trying to make serving in the Navy and Marine Corps more attractive to women.

Pentagon Paid N.F.L. For Tributes To Troops

The tributes to the troops you see during N.F.L. games were most likely bought and paid for with your tax dollars.

No, the Army Isn’t Refusing to Treat Combat Wounds as Combat Wounds

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge is creating a scandal where none exists.

Tom Cotton and Mutiny

The president is the commander-in-chief of the US armed forces. He’s not commander-in-chief of the United States.

Obama’s National Security Strategy Is Better Than His ‘National Security Strategy’

My latest for War on The Rocks, “IS OBAMA REAL(IST) CONFUSED?”

F.B.I. Charges North Korea With Being Behind Hacking Attacks On Sony

The U.S. Government has formally charged North Korea with responsibility for the hacking attack on Sony. How to respond to that attack is a more complicated question.

Hagel’s Dismissal A Reflection Of Contradictory Policy

The abrupt departure of Chuck Hagel says much more about Administration policy than it does about Chuck Hagel.

Signifying Nothing

What have our efforts to improve the Afghan economy accomplished?