White House seeks stronger hand at Pentagon

(Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

Chuck Hagel didn’t make big mistakes as defense secretary nor had he lost the confidence of the uniformed military, but he often seemed lost or overly deferential to generals in top-level strategy meetings.

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Mo. authorities vow to contain Ferguson unrest

Some crowds had gathered Tuesday night in parts of greater St. Louis — and in several other American cities — but the demonstrations over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown were peaceful.

Inconsistency only constant with case

Inconsistency only constant with case

Witnesses failed to definitively clarify some of the crucial details of the confrontation between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina sets stage for 2016 run

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina sets stage for 2016 run

She could stand out in the crowded GOP field, but a failed 2010 Senate bid and debts from it raise doubts.

Obama says law enforcement must be made fairer

Obama says law enforcement must be made fairer

The president visited Chicago to build support for his immigration actions.

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In the Loop: About those non-pardoned turkeys

In the Loop: About those non-pardoned turkeys

Every year, the president makes a show of sparing a bird or two. But then what does the first family eat?

Court to hear challenge to EPA power-plant emissions rule

Court to hear challenge to EPA power-plant emissions rule

Justices agreed to decided whether the agency improperly adopted regulations without considering costs.

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Feds can save money by examining health plans

Health insurance expert tells feds to study their needs and health insurance plans during Open Season.

Hagel successor faces formidable challenge in Iraq, Syria

Hagel successor faces formidable challenge in Iraq, Syria

With restrictions set by the White House, the next defense secretary will have limited room to maneuver.

Un­or­tho­dox police practices emerge from testimony

Un­or­tho­dox police practices emerge from testimony

Among the unusual procedures: Darren Wilson placed his gun in an evidence bag himself and the medical examiner didn’t take photos of the scene.

Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action

Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action

Those who pay payroll taxes would be eligible to collect a wide array of federal benefits.

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7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Ferguson, Chuck Hagel and Thanksgiving.

Mo. governor vows crackdown on ‘criminals’

Mo. governor vows crackdown on ‘criminals’

Gov. Jay Nixon is pouring in more than 2,200 National Guard troops amid criticism that he had not done enough to quell rioting in Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white officer in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Health plans open season for feds until Dec. 8

Federal employees and retirees have until Dec. 8 to choose health insurance plans.

Darren Wilson saw ‘a demon.’ What do you see?

Darren Wilson saw ‘a demon.’ What do you see?

The shelf life for innocence is short when you are a black male — and there is no room for error. You may not get a second chance.

Utah must pay attorney’s fees in same-sex marriage case, judge says

Utah must pay attorney’s fees in same-sex marriage case, judge says

The state must pay $95,000 to plaintiffs who sued Utah for attempting to retroactively enforce its marriage ban on same-sex couples.

Engaging voters can kickstart community activism

Engaging voters can kickstart community activism

New ways of organizing can not only get out the vote but get people to start organizing within their community too.

Court denies Arizona request to block driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

Court denies Arizona request to block driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said it would not rehear Arizona’s case.

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1994 ad 'Change That's Working' attacks Maria Cantwell

1994 ad 'Change That's Working' attacks Maria Cantwell

An opponent ties Sen. Maria Cantwell's (D-Wash.) voting record to then-President Bill Clinton during her 1994 run for Senate.

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President Clinton’s selective nostalgia for attack ads

Clinton remembers when attack ads were a lot more high brow.

What is the Justice Department doing about Ferguson now?

What is the Justice Department doing about Ferguson now?

The Justice Department will continue its civil rights investigation, examining the Ferguson Police Department for racial profiling and patterns of excessive force.

Would the timing of the Ferguson decision have made a difference? Probably not.

Would the timing of the Ferguson decision have made a difference? Probably not.

The deadly Rodney King riots in Los Angeles came after a verdict announced in early afternoon. We were there.

Ferguson protests used as fuel for Islamic State propaganda

Ferguson protests used as fuel for Islamic State propaganda

Militant group urges followers on Twitter to use Ferguson as an excuse to attack.

Why speaking on Ferguson was a lose-lose proposition for President Obama

He had to speak. But, it was doomed to fail.

Ferguson violence broke the mold in 3 important ways

Ferguson violence broke the mold in 3 important ways

ESSAY | What occurred Monday night is rioting as planned event, so extensively prepared for as to obscure the power and meaning of the protests.

New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana

New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana

Bill pushes for veterans to be able to use medicial cannaibus for PTSD.

Tweeting Ferguson: how social media can (and cannot) facilitate protest

Tweeting Ferguson: how social media can (and cannot) facilitate protest

What role does social media play in the individual decision to participate or not in protest?

Bills that would legalize marijuana introduced in Georgia

Bills that would legalize marijuana introduced in Georgia

Two bills — one that would legalize medical use and another that would legalize recreational use — were introduced Monday.

More than a third of Americans think undocumented immigrants can’t stay

More than a third of Americans think undocumented immigrants can’t stay

A new Quinnipiac poll shows hardening attitudes along partisan lines.

N.J.’s privatized lottery falls short of goals

N.J.’s privatized lottery falls short of goals

That could be a problem for Gov. Chris Christie’s budget writers.

The encyclopedia of executive power, as explained by President Obama

The encyclopedia of executive power, as explained by President Obama

What Obama talks about when he talks about being president.

In Brown’s home town, a pause to listen — then outrage

In Brown’s home town, a pause to listen — then outrage

There was a surreal pause a little past 8 p.m. local time Monday as people listened to the prosecuting attorney.

‘Merry Christmas,’ ‘Happy Hanukkah,’ and other seasonal greetings are okay in congressional mail

‘Merry Christmas,’ ‘Happy Hanukkah,’ and other seasonal greetings are okay in congressional mail

A seasonal reminder that House rules now allow members to send out certain holiday greetings.

Report examines federal retirement changes for deficit reduction

A report for Congress lists numerous potential ways to reduce spending on federal pay and retirement benefits.

Giuliani’s claim on black violence

Giuliani’s claim on black violence

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says intraracial homicide in the black community is far more common than situations like Ferguson.

Protests boil over as grand jury declines to indict Ferguson officer

Protests boil over as grand jury declines to indict Ferguson officer

At least two police cars and a half-dozen buildings were torched when violence erupted following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.

The rarity of a federal grand jury not indicting, visualized

The rarity of a federal grand jury not indicting, visualized

In 2010, 11 of 162,000 federal offenses were rejected by grand juries as happened in Ferguson

How a grand jury decides — and what happens next

How a grand jury decides — and what happens next

Q&A | Legal experts explain why some aspects of the process will remain secret while others will be publicly disclosed.