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Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, appointed to replace the late Sen. John McCain, announced he will step down on Dec. 31, one of a number of experienced lawmakers from the state who will not be in the next Congress being sworn in Jan. 3.

Arizona will lose decades of seniority, as the 116th Congress convenes without McCain, Kyl, Flake or Franks. But that may not be a bad thing. Read more»

After President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin about working to improve relations, Sen. John McCain warned that the U.S. needs to be cautious when dealing with the Russian president.

Sen. John McCain issued a stern warning Tuesday against smoothing relations with Russia, one day after President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that the two countries need to do just that. Read more»

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y

When the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the U.S. military’s sexual assault crisis, lawmakers grilled Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine officials on the alarmingly high number of rapes and other sexual abuses in their ranks. Read more»

An example of housing for senior officers in Stuttgart, Germany shows the construction of a sunroom addition.

Pentagon officials have been warning that budget cuts will provoke a “hollowing out” of warfighting capabilities in coming years, with tens of billions of dollars on the table under so-called “sequestration” cuts. Somehow, however, there is still enough money to pay for the construction of some new sun rooms for military housing used by senior officers in Stuttgart, Germany, a country the U.S. military has begun to flee. Read more»

Gen. Stanley McChrystal

A day after Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation, the profound challenges the U.S. and its allies face remain and some are brought more sharply into relief by the surprising turn of events, particularly the deep divisions within the administration of President Obama. Read more»