They do drone on

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Photo: Rick Loomis | Los Angeles Times

Sen. Rand Paul may have gotten a few more arrows for his quiver on Friday courtesy of the Freedom of Information Act as the Kentucky Republican aims to find out whether the Obama administration would justify the killing of an American terrorist on U.S. soil.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is scheduled to vote on John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director on Tuesday, The Hill reported. But Paul, for one, is still anxious for answers from the White House on its drone program, he told the National Journal in an interview published on Saturday, and so he may put a hold on the process.

Paul, it turns out, is one of a bipartisan gang of four senators who intend to keep droning on about the unmanned aircraft  Continue reading

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Up in the sky, nano-drones

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British troops in Afghanistan are the first to use Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicles on the frontlines.  Photo courtesy of SkyNews

British troops in Afghanistan are using Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicles on the frontlines.
Photo courtesy of SkyNews

 

“Do you believe that the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial?”

That’s the question Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky posed of President Obama’s nominee for CIA chief. Continue reading

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The defense rests

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Preston Abrams' mother tries to comfort him as the boy  gets upset while saying good-bye to his dad, during a send off for the 1-214 Field Artillery in Elberton, Ga., on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 1-214 Field Artillery will leave Elberton for Mississippi on Feb. 26, 2013 and then deploy to Afghanistan.  AP | The Athens Banner-Herald, AJ Reynolds

Preston Abrams’ mother tries to comfort him as the boy says good-bye to his dad, a member of the 1-214 Field Artillery in Elberton, Ga., during a send-off on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 1-214 Field Artillery will be deployed to Afghanistan.
AP | The Athens Banner-Herald

 

It’s a three-day weekend, do you know where your lawmaker is?

On Friday, Congress got out of Dodge for nine days, and the president took off for a weekend getaway with golf buddies in Florida. Is there time left to dodge the deep cuts when the sequester kicks in on March 1? Continue reading

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