Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is leaving the Obama administration after less than two years on the job amid concerns that he wasn't up to the job of leading the Pentagon during its escalating war with the Islamic State.
The lame-duck Senate confirmed 21 of Obama's long-waiting diplomatic nominees this week but avoided voting on the president's more controversial choices. With a majority of the career foreign service nominees approved to ship overseas, the question now becomes what will happen to more than a dozen more contentious candidates, several of whom have been waiting for more than a year.
Late last month, a senior U.N. investigator scolded officials with the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, UNAMID, for repeatedly withholding evidence of alleged Sudanese government crimes against civilians and peacekeepers.
The intelligence community has come under fire for failing to do enough to predict the rise of the Islamic State and Russian aggression in Ukraine. Its response: Give us more money anyway.
After years of tension over mass data collection and NSA surveillance, President Barack Obama's immigration reform announcement Thursday evening may improve the White House's tattered relationship with Silicon Valley.