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Checkpoint Washington: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

CIA director takes a turn in 'Top Chef' limelight

The CIA takes it turn in the reality television spotlight next Wednesday when the agency's headquarters serves as backdrop for an episode of the Bravo television series, "Top Chef: D.C."

By Greg Miller  | August 13, 2010; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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U.S. sanctions on Iran target banking sector

New penalties kicked in Friday against foreign banks doing business with institutions that Washington has designated as supporting Iran's nuclear program or terrorist activities.

By Mary Beth Sheridan  | August 13, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Jones lauds progress on Iraq, ducks questions on gays in the military

Despite the lack of visible progress in forming an Iraqi government, National Security Adviser James L. Jones said Wednesday that "things are going well," and the administration expected a resolution "in the next few weeks, a month." President Obama met...

By Karen DeYoung  | August 11, 2010; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pentagon: Undisclosed Wikileaks documents 'potentially more explosive'

Updated 10:06 p.m. Pentagon officials believe they have identified the 15,000 classified Afghanistan war documents that the online site WikiLeaks has obtained and not yet disclosed, and the military is now sifting through them for references that could harm troops...

By Ellen Nakashima  | August 11, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Israel gets State Department travel warning changed

State Department travel warnings can have a dramatic impact on tourism. So the Israeli government was none too pleased when State last week issued a notice warning American travelers to learn the location of bomb shelters if they traveled to...

By Glenn Kessler  | August 11, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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DOD lacks policy on housing convicted Gitmo detainees, judge says

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba--The Department of Defense has no written policy on how detainees convicted in military commissions should be housed after they are sentenced despite a 2008 Pentagon directive to create a plan for such prisoners at Guantanamo Bay,...

By Peter Finn  | August 11, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Private security firm solicitations thriving in Afghanistan

Days before Afghan President Hamid Karzai's spokesman on Tuesday said a deadline would soon be set to disband all private security firms, the U.S. military in Kandahar and Kabul had eight separate solicitations posted for such firms to provide continuing...

By Walter Pincus  | August 11, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Sentencing of detainee stalls at Guantanamo

The planned sentencing of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who pleaded guilty to war crimes charges as part of a plea agreement has stalled because of an inter-military dispute over where he can serve time, according to military officials.

By Peter Finn  | August 10, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Odierno yet again asked to eliminate his job

Gen. Ray Odierno, the top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, thought it was his reward for a job well done. After spending several years in the war zone, he was scheduled to pack up in Iraq on Sept. 1...

By Craig Whitlock  | August 9, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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