The failure of Barack Obama's administration to secure a deal to restrain Iran's nuclear program by Monday's self-imposed deadline hands a significant gift to hard-liners in both countries: a seven-month window to criticize, and potentially sabotage, a final deal between Iran and the West.
American soldiers from the Army's 1st Cavalry Division will rotate to locations throughout Poland and the Baltics until at least the end of 2015 to reassure U.S. allies on edge because of recent Russian incursions into Ukraine, according to the top commander of the U.S. Army in Europe.
Armed members of the National Guard could end up quelling racially charged protests that could turn violent after a Ferguson, Mo. grand jury on Monday refused to indict 28-year-old white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black civilian shot and killed by Wilson last summer.
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.
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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.