Political Capital

David Lerman

A toy Kalashnikov rifle walks past an unfinished wall painting depicting a map of the Crimean peninsula and a slogan reading: "Together Forever"  in Moscow on March 24, 2014.

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A toy Kalashnikov rifle walks past an unfinished wall painting depicting a map of the Crimean peninsula and a slogan reading: "Together Forever" in Moscow on March 24, 2014.

Russia ‘Not the Soviet Union’: Rohrabacher Joins Grayson in Lonely Crimean Defense

As most lawmakers scramble to condemn Russia and impose sanctions for its takeover of Crimea, two congressmen waged a lonely crusade on Russia’s behalf today Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida, who share...

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks during the Let Freedom Ring commemoration event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 2013.

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks during the Let Freedom Ring commemoration event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 2013.

Carter: ‘Probably Monitored’ — Leaves Big Letters to Post Office

Former President Jimmy Carter, known for his toothy grin and easy-going manner, accuses U.S. intelligence agencies of spying on him. In an interview for NBC’s “Meet the Press” program today, Carter said intelligence agencies have abused their surveillance powers within...

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, right, and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno, left, testify regarding sexual assaults in the military during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, right, and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno, left, testify regarding sexual assaults in the military during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

Dempsey: Offering Options on Syria to Senate

With Army General Martin Dempsey’s confirmation for a second term as the top U.S. military officer facing a threat of delay, he’s promised to spell out options for dealing with Syrian in a letter to a Senate panel this week....

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A security guard ushers reporters to leave as Secretary of State John Kerry, right, deflects a question from a reporter about whether he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, will discuss the fate of fugitive U.S. secrets leaker Edward Snowden, before their meeting at the ASEAN summit in Brunei on July 2, 2013.

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A security guard ushers reporters to leave as Secretary of State John Kerry, right, deflects a question from a reporter about whether he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, will discuss the fate of fugitive U.S. secrets leaker Edward Snowden, before their meeting at the ASEAN summit in Brunei on July 2, 2013.

Kerry-Lavrov: Sidestepping Snowden

Diplomats can get a little testy when under pressure. Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, held a private pow-wow with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today in Brunei, at the annual ministerial conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations,...

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Free Syrian Army fighters take a break from the front line in Aleppo, Syria.

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Free Syrian Army fighters take a break from the front line in Aleppo, Syria.

Senators Take Up Bill to Arm Syrian Rebels

As frustration mounts over the war in Syria, senators will prod President Barack Obama to do what he has resisted: arm the rebels. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up a bill today that would authorize the president to provide...

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the end of the General Audience at the Paul VI Hall on Jan. 16, 2013 in Vatican City.

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the end of the General Audience at the Paul VI Hall on Jan. 16, 2013 in Vatican City.

Pope to Panetta: ‘Thank You’

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is asking for a little divine intervention as he wraps up his service at the Pentagon. Panetta is spending this week on a trip to western Europe, with the official purpose of thanking NATO allies for...

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A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

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A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

Panetta Passes On Critiquing ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ — ‘I Lived It’

On a flight to Lisbon today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had a chance to weigh in on the controversial, Oscar-nominated film “Zero Dark Thirty,” which depicts the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Senators including Dianne Feinstein, the...

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