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Checkpoint Washington: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

Pentagon takes an incomplete on report on Chinese military

Five Republican senators who sent the secretary of defense a letter today demanding that Gates submit to Congress the annual report on China's military capabilities. That report, mandated under a 2000 law, was due on March 1.

By John Pomfret  | July 23, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A PR surge on the Afghan front

The public relations machine of the NATO Afghan Command fired off six press releases within just over six hours Friday morning, touting successful coalition activities in different parts of that country in what appeared to be a stepped up attempt to capture the hearts and minds of American journalists.

By Walter Pincus  | July 23, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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On the tarmac, Clinton attends ceremony for Americans MIA in Vietnam

At a solemn airport ceremony as she ended her two-day trip here, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was presented with the remains of three American soldiers from the Vietnam War.

By Karen DeYoung  | July 23, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Clinton wades into South China Sea territorial dispute

In Hanoi at a meeting on Asian security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes over the South China Sea is in the "national interest" of the United States. She also lobbied for a multilateral solution to the question.

By John Pomfret  | July 23, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Boston Globe: Pentagon workers tied to child porn

Federal investigators have identified several dozen Pentagon officials and contractors with high-level security clearances who allegedly purchased and downloaded child pornography, including an undisclosed number who used their government computers to obtain the illegal material, according to investigative reports.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | July 23, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Two Guantanamo detainees head to Europe

The Obama administration has transferred an Afghan detainee held at Guantanamo Bay to Spain and an Uzbek detainee to Latvia, bringing the number of prisoners held at the military facility in Cuba down to 176, U.S and European officials said.

By Peter Finn  | July 22, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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New video shows meeting between Faisal Shahzad and leader of Pakistani Taliban

New video shows meeting between Faisal Shahzad and leader of Pakistani Taliban

By Jason Ukman  | July 22, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Clinton, Gates offer distinct messages on human rights in Asia

Perhaps it is a coincidence of timing, but the Obama administration on Thursday appears to be sending two potentially contradictory messages about humans rights in Southeast Asia.

By Glenn Kessler  | July 22, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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GAO: U.S. aid slow to flow to Mexico

Only about half of the U.S. funds approved for the Mexican anti-drug fight since 2008 have been committed, despite efforts to speed up delivery of goods and training, according to a study released Wednesday.

By Mary Beth Sheridan  | July 21, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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CIA names new head of clandestine service

John D. Bennett, a CIA veteran who served as station chief in Pakistan until 2009 and who has held numerous other overseas postings, has been appointed head of the agency's National Clandestine Service, Director Leon E. Panetta announced Tuesday.

By Peter Finn  | July 21, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Starving artist? Paint Mike Mullen's portrait!

Can you paint a pretty picture? Get your bids in now! The Pentagon is seeking an eager, willing and capable artist to paint Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen's official portrait.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 21, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton's brief incursion onto N. Korea turf draws guard's attention

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Robert Gates finally got North Korea's attention Wednesday - by making an incursion across the border into communist territory. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates draw a North Korean guard's interest. (Paul...

By Craig Whitlock and Karen DeYoung  | July 21, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Gaza boat to be named 'audacity of hope'

Rashid Khalidi, a friend of President Obama's active in Palestinian causes, has signed an appeal for funds to send to Gaza an aid ship that would be named after the president's best-selling book, "The Audacity of Hope." A group calling...

By Glenn Kessler  | July 20, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Julian Assange defends Wikileaks

WikiLeaks.org founder Julian Assange made a rare public appearance at the TED Global conference in Oxford, England, where he was interviewed by Chris Anderson, the curator of the Technology, Entertainment, Design conferences. The video was posted online Monday.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | July 20, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Clapper's leadership of Army intel group questioned

When retired Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr. goes to the Hill this afternoon to be grilled to become the nation's next spy-in-chief, Senate Intelligence Committee members might want to explore his leadership over the Army's 902nd Military Intelligence Group,...

By Ellen Nakasima  | July 20, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton warns on women's rights in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a Kabul crafts bazaar on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool) KABUL -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday added a U.S. "red line" to conditions...

By Karen DeYoung  | July 20, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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U.S. asks for review of Lockerbie bomber release

The Obama administration has urged the British and Scottish governments to review the decision to release the Libyan intelligence agent convicted of involvement in the Pan Am 103 bombing, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a letter provided...

By Glenn Kessler  | July 19, 2010; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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A detainee goes home, against his will

The Obama administration has for the first time sent a detainee at Guantanamo Bay back home against his will.

By Peter Finn  | July 19, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S., South Korea prepare for naval exercises

After weeks of feints and indecision, the USS George Washington will finally make an appearance on the Korean peninsula this week.

By Craig Whitlock  | July 19, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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