The Fix: Afghanistan

Sunday show roundup: All eyes on Christie, Gates

Sunday show roundup: All eyes on Christie, Gates

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's bridge scandal dominated the Sunday morning political talk shows, although much of the chatter also revolved around former defense secretary Robert Gates's new memoir in which he harshly criticizes President Obama's wartime leadership.

While Christie's scandal was the focus of most shows, lawmakers had little to say about the scandal in which a top aide orchestrated a traffic jam in an apparent act of political revenge.

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The long decline of veterans in Congress -- in 4 charts

The long decline of veterans in Congress -- in 4 charts

The Senate lost its last World War II veteran earlier this year when Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) passed away at the age of 89.

Lautenberg’s death came as the ranks of veterans in Congress continue their long and slow decline.

Here’s a look at how quickly the ranks of World War II veterans -- who as recently as 1985 comprised about one-third of Congress -- have declined as that population has aged.

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Could 2012 be a foreign policy election?

Could 2012 be a foreign policy election?

The slaying of 16 Afghan civilians by a member of the U.S. military and the recent call by that country’s president for American troops to pull back faster than originally planned have thrust foreign policy back to the center of the presidential race.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the favorite to be the Republican presidential nominee in November, blasted President Obama for “a lack of leadership” in the current situation in Afghanistan during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday”.

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