WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is telling West Point cadets that sexual assault in the military must be stamped out….
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry is addressing a joint session of the Legislature to honor Texans killed in combat….
WASHINGTON — Alleged misbehavior by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies gives the GOP something else to talk about and investigate as the economy clearly, if slowly, recovers on President Barack Obama’s watch and robs Republicans of a central argument against Democrats. Amid a series of recent positive economic reports, the GOP is revving up its portrayal of the Obama administration as scandal-ridden and inept, while largely abandoning the party’s where-is-the-recovery criticism. Republicans had little choice, given that the economy has gained considerable strength over the past 18 months. Today, the federal budget deficit is shrinking rapidly and tax receipts are rising….
WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama decided to attend a memorial service in Arizona for victims of a deadly mass shooting that severely injured then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, he needed a speech. And fast. The service was in two days. Jon Favreau, then chief White House speechwriter, was deep into writing Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address, due in less than three weeks. Up stepped his deputy, Cody Keenan. “I’ll do whatever you need. Put me to work,” Favreau recalled him saying. Keenan met with the president to get some ideas, then started in. He stayed with it right through Obama’s flight to Arizona, tweaking the speech even after landing. The result was one of Obama’s most…