Vice President Joe Biden swears in CIA Director John Brennan
(David Lienemann/The White House)
March 08, 2013

John Brennan Is Sworn In As CIA Director

John Brennan has been sworn in as the director of the CIA, becoming the third key member of President Barack Obama's new national security team.


John Brennan
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
March 07, 2013

Senate Clears Brennan as CIA Chief

John Brennan wins Senate confirmation to head the CIA after a late struggle that had more to do with presidential power to order drone strikes than his credentials to lead the spy agency.


Chuck Hagel being sworn into office
(MC1 Chad J. McNeeley/Office of the Secretary of Defense)
February 27, 2013

Hagel Takes Helm At Pentagon After Bitter Fight

Chuck Hagel took charge Wednesday of the Defense Department with deep budget cuts looming and Republican opponents still doubtful that he's up to the job.


February 17, 2013

GOP Foe of Hagel’s Nomination Says Let Vote Go On

President Barack Obama's pick to be defense secretary is unsuited to head the Pentagon, but Republican senators should stop stalling the nomination and allow a vote on Chuck Hagel, a leading opponent said Sunday.


January 10, 2013

Chicago Mayor Plans Gun Control Ordinance

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's working on a gun control ordinance for the city of Chicago after an assault weapons ban stalled in the Illinois General Assembly.


January 04, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Seek $10M for School Protection

A legislative proposal in Indiana would help that state put more police officers in schools. Proponents say the legislation isn’t meant to be a response to last month’s Connecticut school shooting.


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