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    Washington in a Flash: Changing of the Guard at Pentagon

    Robert Gates said goodbye to the Pentagon yesterday after serving two presidents and spending nearly five years as defense secretary. On his final day, President Obama surprised Gates with a Medal of Freedom. Leon Panetta takes over today after serving as CIA director since February 2009. He’ll be replaced at … More

    Washington in a Flash: Will the Senate Scuttle Next Week's Vacation?

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) didn’t come to Washington to make friends. And after calling on his colleagues to skip their week-long Fourth of July vacation, he might even have a few enemies. A day after making a passionate speech on the Senate floor, Johnson was leading a group of 10 … More

    Washington in a Flash: Obama and Reid Get Cozy at the White House

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is making his second trip to the White House this week. Today he’ll be joined by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for an afternoon meeting with President Obama on the debt limit among other issues. The Democrats are … More

    Washington in a Flash: Off to Iowa

    President Obama continues his barnstorming tour today with a visit to Alcoa’s plant in Davenport, IA. He’ll be making another high-profile pitch for American manufacturing — the second in as many weeks — as he attempts to regain trust on the economy. A new McClatchy Newspapers-Marist poll reveals just 37 … More

    Washington in a Flash: Oil Politics

    President Obama’s decision to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve will continue to reverberate on Capitol Hill today. Yesterday’s decision came as a surprise but was swiftly condemned. My colleague Rory Cooper writes for the Daily Caller that the SPR shouldn’t be used to “drive … More