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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios Sunday in Washington.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden found common ground during a Democratic presidential candidate debate in Washington, D.C. Sunday night, with both candidates saying they support a financial bailout in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation – so long as it ensures that working families are made whole. Read more»

United States House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Much has been written about the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts contained in the Budget Control Act of 2011, otherwise known as “sequestration,” but many critical questions remain regarding official interpretations of the legislation and how it will actually be implemented on an agency-by-agency basis. Read more»

A plane lands at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas. Most of the Federal Aviation Administration budget will be subject to the sequester cuts. Fully included in those cuts is the FAA’s 'operations' account, which goes largely toward paying the salaries of our nation's 15,000 air traffic controllers who prevent our aircraft from running into one another in the skies.

There is a right way and a wrong way to cut federal spending, but the sequestration plan about to go into effect is perhaps the most boneheaded approach that could possibly be concocted. Read more»

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks to pilots during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in January.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has defended the military’s use of drones to target insurgents in Pakistan, while addressing a conference in neighboring India. Read more»

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, in Washington, D.C., to talk about potential defense budget cuts, said the threat of automatic cuts could have a 'devastating' impact on the region’s economy if Congress does not act.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has acknowledged defense cuts will happen, but said the reductions would have a “devastating impact on the local economy.” Read more»

Army Staff Sgt. Janelle Flottmeyer holds her nephew during a welcome home ceremony for her unit in Pierre, S.D., on May 12. The unit returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.

Two female are suing the U.S. government in an attempt to lift the country's ban on women in combat. Read more»

Retired Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright speaks at an event honoring former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on June 17 in Washington, D.C.

A former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is urging that the existing American nuclear arsenal of 5000 warheads be cut by 80 percent, in an effort meant to be matched by similar reductions in the Russian arsenal. Read more»

An F-22 fighter jet with its weapons bay open flies over Minnesota on June 27, 2010.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the Air Force on Tuesday to investigate safety problems with the F-22 fighter jet and restrict missions to regions where pilots can quickly land if they experience oxygen problems. Read more»

Soldiers from the, 172nd Infantry Brigade, scan an the hills outside of Forward Operating Base Tillman, Afghanistan, on April 22.

Military personnel costs have nearly doubled since fiscal year 2001. If these costs are allowed to continue rising at their current rate, they will eat through the entire defense budget by FY 2039. Read more»

The Defense Department has inadequately protected from reprisals whistleblowers who have reported wrongdoing, according to an internal Pentagon report, and critics are calling for action to be taken against those who have been negligent. Read more»

USS Freedom, the first ship in the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship class.

The Navy claims the Littoral Combat Ship represents its future, but watchdogs see serious flaws in design. Test runs caused cracked hulls that forced the ship to limit its speed; engines that simply failed; and over 600 failures of equipment led to dry-dockings. Read more»

Customs and Border Protection Deputy Chief Ronald Vitiello increased coordination and information sharing between agencies is boosting security on the Southwest border.

Pentagon and Homeland Security officials assured a House subcommittee Tuesday that they can continue border security despite a reduction in the National Guard. Read more»

First Lady Michelle Obama greets a wounded warrior recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Wednesday.

A Department of Defense report said a program aimed at helping wounded Marines and sailors has resulted in terrible medical care, long delays in service and service members who felt like they were in a “petting zoo. Read more»

Marana Mayor Ed Honea tries out the F-35 cockpit simulator Wednesday at the Sargent Air and Defense facility.

Sargent Aeropace & Defense, a Marana government contractor, showed off a low-level F-35 flight simulator on Monday morning to about 50 employees and guests. Read more»

Night-vision goggles.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik says military equipment left over from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could help bolster security in Arizona. Read more»

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