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Senator pushes clearer limits on presidential war powersupdated: Wed May 23 2012 17:35:00

As Congress debates the size and scope of defense budgets in a looming age of austerity, one senator is seeking to resolve a much older question about the president's ability to exercise military power without the consent of the House and Senate.

Sources say Kaine plans to announce Senate bidupdated: Sun Apr 03 2011 15:49:00

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is planning to announce he will run in 2012 for the Virginia U.S. Senate seat currently held by fellow Democrat Jim Webb, who is retiring, two senior Democratic sources told CNN on Sunday.

Where have the moderate Democrats gone?updated: Fri Feb 11 2011 18:26:00

Joe Lieberman, Jane Harman and Jim Webb have all recently announced they will be retiring from Congress. Add to this the news that funding for the Democratic Leadership Council has dried up and it will be closing its doors, and that the self-described moderate Blue Dog coalition of House Democrats has dwindled from 54 members last year to 25 this year and we can draw a lamentable conclusion: It's the end of the moderate Democratic party.

Webb to step down in 2012updated: Wed Feb 09 2011 12:53:00

Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, announced Wednesday that he will not seek a second term in 2012 -- likely bolstering Republican chances of capturing the seat next year.

Skelton: Defense cost-cutting can't mean a budget cutupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 11:15:00

The powerful House Armed Services chairman warned Wednesday that he won't let a Defense Department cost-cutting initiative result in a budget cut for the nation's military.

Senators grill defense officials on proposed spending cutsupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 14:54:00

Some U.S. senators expressed frustration Tuesday with what they called a lack of information from the Defense Department on plans to hold down military spending by closing the Joint Forces Command in Virginia and other steps.

Pentagon tightens defense beltupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 14:54:00

The Senate Armed Services Committee grills Pentagon officials on recent cost-cutting initiatives.

General dead for 31 years nominated for promotion to clear his recordupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 18:25:00

The president nominates officers for important promotions all the time, but Wednesday, he nominated John D. Lavelle, a two-star major general, to be promoted all the way up to a four-star general. What makes this nomination different is that Lavelle died 31 years ago.

United States concerned about Myanmar-North Korea military tiesupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 12:40:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed U.S. concerns about Myanmar's reported military ties to North Korea and its potential impact on the region during a visit to Vietnam Thursday.

Senator warns of terrorist threat to oil rigsupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 17:58:00

While the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has put accidental spills squarely in the national spotlight, one U.S. senator is warning of another possible threat: deliberate sabotage.

Key U.S. senator postpones trip to Myanmarupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 10:53:00

A key member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced Thursday that he has postponed an upcoming trip to Myanmar out of concern that Myanmar's government is working with North Korea on the development of a nuclear program.

'They should not have done this,' Dem says of DADT fast trackupdated: Mon May 31 2010 09:28:00

A leading Democratic voice on military affairs has criticized members of his own party for the hurried way in which congressional Democrats and the White House are pushing through the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

CNNMoney: Washington's bonus tax fantasyupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 11:54:00

The government's plan to tax Wall Street's bonus bounty is shaping up to be nothing more than a pipe dream.

White House eyes moving site of 9/11 trialupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 21:25:00

The Justice Department remained tightlipped Friday as criticism mounted over the decision to hold the the September 11 terrorist attack trial in a civilian court in lower Manhattan.

Analysis: Brown's win changes political narrative for 2010updated: Wed Jan 20 2010 09:07:00

Look no further than the two warning flares shot up from Virginia and New Hampshire Tuesday evening to understand how concerned Democrats are about the political consequences of losing the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat to Republican Scott Brown.

U.S. Senator to meet Myanmar's prime ministerupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 23:56:00

Sen. Jim Webb will meet with Myanmar's prime minister Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, the Virginia Democrat's office announced.

U.S. shifts Myanmar policyupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 23:56:00

U.S. announces a new policy on Myanmar, to couple existing sanctions with direct dialogue. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

American freedupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 09:22:00

Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, speaks about his trip to Myanmar and the release of American prisoner John Yettaw.

Webb: New push to secure Suu Kyi's releaseupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 09:22:00

There is a new push to free Myanmar's pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, Sen. Jim Webb told CNN's "American Morning" Monday.

Myanmar to release Americanupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 00:57:00

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb wins the release of an American sentenced to hard labor in Myanmar. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

Yettaw's actions in Myanmar 'regrettable'updated: Mon Aug 17 2009 00:57:00

An American sentenced to seven years hard labor in Myanmar after he sneaked into the home of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, arrived in Thailand on Sunday with the U.S. senator who secured his release.

Sen. Webb to meet with Myanmar leadersupdated: Wed Aug 12 2009 22:40:00

Sen. Jim Webb will meet with leaders of Myanmar's military junta this week when he stops off in the reclusive country during a two-week, five-nation tour of Asia, his office announced Wednesday.

Unhappy voters jam Capitol Hill phone linesupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 18:17:00

The recent debate over the nearly $900 billion economic stimulus plan and revelations of tax problems by three Obama administration appointees have voters angrily jamming phone lines on Capitol Hill to air their frustrations to their elected representatives.

Obama: 'No silver bullet'updated: Wed Feb 04 2009 18:17:00

President Obama says there is 'no silver bullet' to fixing the economy.

New government commission blasts Iraq waste, fraudupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 16:01:00

Citing the need to restore public trust in an inefficient and allegedly corrupt military procurement process, a new government commission Monday officially began hearings to account for billions of taxpayer dollars misspent in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Who should be VP? readers' passionate picksupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 16:57:00

With Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republic Sen. John McCain as the presumptive nominees in this year's presidential election, the question remains as to who they'll choose as their running mates. Getting to Know Jim Webbupdated: Thu Jun 12 2008 03:00:00

The surprising Virginia Senator is a potent example of the Democrats' new style and thinking

Obama a symbol of progressupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 10:55:00

CNN special correspondent Frank Sesno says Sen. Barack Obama is a symbol of progress and change.

Obama sees opportunities in 'pivotal' Virginiaupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 10:55:00

Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, kicked off his general election campaign Thursday with stops in Virginia, signaling that he thinks he can turn the once solidly red state into a Democratic pickup come November.

Obama's potential running matesupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 17:20:00

After emerging as victor in the long and bruising contest to seize the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential race, Barack Obama's next move is to choose a running mate.

Obama's VP listupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 17:20:00

CNN's Jessica Yellin looks at the list of Sen. Barack Obama's potential running mates.

Veterans deserve better careupdated: Tue May 27 2008 08:34:00

Sen. John McCain focuses on the GI Bill and Iraq on Memorial Day and explains how veterans deserve better care.

McCain defends opposition to GI Billupdated: Tue May 27 2008 08:34:00

Sen. John McCain on Monday defended his opposition to a Democratic bill that would expand education benefits for veterans, saying it would hurt the military that he hopes to lead.

Fallen Marines rememberedupdated: Sat May 24 2008 16:45:00

A special exhibit honoring a company of Ohio Marines who lost 23 members in Iraq is unveiled. Does McCain Have a Vets Problem?updated: Tue May 20 2008 18:45:00

The war hero opposes a popular bill to boost veterans' benefits. And the Democrats will make sure voters know it

Vets say they feel misled about GI benefitsupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 22:18:00

Cheated. Baited and switched. That's how veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan say they feel about military recruiters who sold them on how the GI Bill would benefit them.

The GI Bill's broken promiseupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 22:18:00

CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports on what service members actually get from the GI bill and what Congress wants to change.

Hapless robbers target biker meetingupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 06:02:00

Two masked and machete-wielding men who barged into a club in Sydney, Australia, couldn't have picked a worse night for their robbery -- a monthly meeting of bikers.

Concern mounts over rising troop suicidesupdated: Sun Feb 03 2008 08:34:00

Every day, five U.S. soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq war began, that figure was less than one suicide attempt a day.

War and suicidesupdated: Sun Feb 03 2008 08:34:00

New Army numbers indicate suicides by U.S. soldiers may have hit an all-time high last year. CNN's Jamie Mcintyre reports.

Kennedy takes 29 seconds to open, close Senateupdated: Mon Jan 07 2008 13:17:00

U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy took 29 seconds Monday to open and close the Senate, the latest move in a standoff with President Bush over recess appointments.

Webb opens, closes vacant Senate sessionupdated: Wed Dec 26 2007 13:23:00

The U.S. Senate was called to order for 11 seconds on Wednesday as the last political scuffle of the year between the White House and the Democratic-led Congress played out.

Senate stays in session over holiday to thwart Bushupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 17:49:00

The last political scuffle of the year between the White House and the Democratic-led Congress played out on the floor of the Senate Friday morning -- even though nearly all the senators had left the Capitol for the Christmas holiday earlier in the week.

YouTube effect felt beyond debatesupdated: Tue Nov 27 2007 03:11:00

It was one of the most talked about moments in last year's congressional campaign.

Virtual Newt Gingrichupdated: Sun Sep 30 2007 12:48:00

CNN's Abbi Tatton reports on the former Republican House Speaker's foray into the 3-D online world Second Life.

Virginia Senate race will be Web battlegroundupdated: Sun Sep 30 2007 12:48:00

Recently, on George Allen's new Web site,, the former Republican senator from Virginia listed some words of wisdom from legendary college football coaches like Knut Rockne and Woody Hayes.

Numbers give Democrats edge in 2008 Senate racesupdated: Mon Sep 24 2007 15:17:00

It may not grab the headlines like the race for the White House, but the battle for the Senate is heating up.

Popular former governor jumps into Virginia Senate raceupdated: Fri Sep 21 2007 18:45:00

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat, announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Thursday with a new campaign Web site and a YouTube video.

With Warner in, Virginia becomes a battleground stateupdated: Fri Sep 21 2007 18:44:00

It appears we could have another bitter Senate battle in Virginia next year. Senate Blocks Bill on Combat Toursupdated: Thu Sep 20 2007 00:00:00

Democrats' efforts to challenge President Bush's Iraq policies were dealt a demoralizing blow Wednesday in the Senate after they failed to scrape together enough support to guarantee troops more time at home.

Webb: Give troops time to restupdated: Wed Sep 19 2007 21:48:00

Democratic Sen. Jim Webb has proposed legislation that would require troops to be kept home twice as long as they are deployed.

Democrats' attempt to limit Iraq duty failsupdated: Wed Sep 19 2007 21:48:00

A measure that would have forced the Pentagon to give troops sent to Iraq stateside leave equal to their time in the battle zone was defeated Wednesday evening in the Senate after failing to draw enough Republican votes.

Senate Democrats look for GOP backing of pullout plansupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 08:15:00

Senate Democratic leaders are revising proposals to end the Iraq war in hopes that a compromise with wavering Republicans can be found, Democratic leadership sources said Friday.

Hard numbers on troop cutsupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 08:15:00

CNN's Jamie McIntyre examines President Bush's speech calling for some troops to leave Iraq and citing 'surge' success.

The YouTube-ification of politics: Candidates losing controlupdated: Thu Jul 19 2007 23:47:00

It was one of the most talked about moments in the 2006 campaign: "Lets give a welcome to Macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia."

YouTube politicsupdated: Thu Jul 19 2007 23:47:00

YouTube politics

Senate '08 hopefuls take stageupdated: Tue Jul 10 2007 08:30:00

Senate '08 hopefuls take stage

Reid to GOP: Join push to change course in Iraq updated: Tue Jul 10 2007 08:30:00

The Senate's top Democrat challenged Republicans Monday to help push President Bush to change course in Iraq, hours after the president's spokesman denied a report about White House debate over a troop pullback.

Senators who switched vote on clotureupdated: Tue Jun 26 2007 18:21:00

Here are some facts from tonight's broadcast that you might find interesting.

Webb's aide facing felony charge in gun flapupdated: Tue Mar 27 2007 13:46:00

Sen. Jim Webb called the arrest of a top aide on weapons charges "extremely unfortunate" Tuesday after the aide was stopped as he brought the senator's loaded pistol into a Senate office building.

Webb: GOP has lost 'moral high ground'updated: Mon Jan 29 2007 08:34:00

Sen. Jim Webb, the newly arrived Democrat from Virginia, has quickly become one of President Bush's most outspoken critics on the Iraq war, blasting the administration for its handling of the conflict and charging that the new troop-level plan is ill-conceived.

Fortune: Popular issues, unpopular presidentupdated: Wed Jan 24 2007 12:06:00

If this was 2003, or even 2004 - before the Iraq war went south, before Hurricane Katrina swept ashore, before last November's devastating Republican losses - Bush's State of the Union ideas (which his aides are calling "bold" and "innovative") might have been embraced. Unlike his politically risky 2005 proposal to reform Social Security, the plans he unveiled last night to combat climate change and soaring health care costs neatly catch the current wave of public sentiment.

Democrats say Bush still not listening on Iraqupdated: Wed Jan 24 2007 05:49:00

Democrats gave little support Wednesday to President Bush's State of the Union plea for congressional patience with his Iraq policy.

Bush: Give new Iraq strategy 'a chance'updated: Tue Jan 23 2007 21:43:00

President Bush on Tuesday night asked Congress and the public to give his plan to help the Iraqi government end sectarian violence in Iraq "a chance to work."

Transcript: Webb says Bush took U.S. to war 'recklessly'updated: Tue Jan 23 2007 18:55:00

Below is the text of the Democratic response to President Bush's speech, delivered by Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia:

Democrats: Middle class 'losing its place at the table'updated: Tue Jan 23 2007 14:35:00

Congressional Democrats challenged President Bush on Tuesday night to take "the right kind of action" on the Iraq war and the economy, and promised to back him if he does.

Bush State of the Union: Work with meupdated: Tue Jan 23 2007 07:14:00

Faced with a widely unpopular war in Iraq and a Democratic Congress, President Bush in his State of the Union address urged lawmakers to work with him to "achieve big things for the American people."

Tyrrell: Sell out?updated: Fri Jan 05 2007 16:37:00

The story here in this great city is that President George W. Bush, leader of the vanquished Republicans, is reaching out to the triumphant Democrats on Capitol Hill. He has had meetings with their leaders. He greeted even their newly elected representatives and senators -- one being Sen. Jim Webb, who blew him off. This kind of friendly politicking has the president's Republican base anxious. Its rank and file fears a sell-out on tax cuts and perhaps on some social policies.

Blue ties 'symbolic' as Bush, Democratic leaders meetupdated: Fri Nov 10 2006 08:02:00

Now facing Democratic control of both chambers of Congress during the last two years of his presidency, President Bush on Friday continued to move toward building a working relationship with Democratic congressional leaders.

Webb promises 'diplomatic solution' in Iraq updated: Thu Nov 09 2006 13:55:00

Less than an hour after Virginia Republican Sen. George Allen conceded and the U.S. Senate was handed to the Democrats, Jim Webb addressed a cheering crowd.

Bush, Dems promise cooperation as Senate shiftsupdated: Thu Nov 09 2006 03:51:00

President Bush and top Democrats promised to get along Thursday -- the same day that a GOP Virginia senator's concession speech gave the opposition party the final seat they needed for total congressional control.

CNNMoney: Bonds move higherupdated: Wed Nov 08 2006 09:18:00

Treasury prices rose Wednesday after an auction of $19 billion of three-year notes by the federal government as well as positive comments by a Federal Reserve official.

Canvass points to Democratic control of Senateupdated: Wed Nov 08 2006 03:29:00

A Democratic takeover of the Senate is appearing more and more likely after an ongoing canvass of votes in the Senate race in Virginia produced no significant changes, sources told CNN late Wednesday.

Democrats win control of Senate, AP reportsupdated: Wed Nov 08 2006 02:39:00

A Democratic takeover of the Senate is appearing likely after an ongoing canvass of votes in Virginia produced no significant changes in the outcome of the hard-fought race led by Democratic challenger Jim Webb, sources told CNN Wednesday.

Dems projected to pick up four Senate seatsupdated: Tue Nov 07 2006 17:04:00

Democrats are projected to pick up four GOP-held seats but must win the two remaining undecided races to gain control of the Senate.

FBI launches probe of Virginia pre-election callsupdated: Tue Nov 07 2006 15:32:00

The FBI is taking a preliminary look at allegations that some voters in eight Virginia counties received deceptive phone calls before Election Day, law enforcement sources said.

Dems take House as GOP clings to Senate, CNN projectsupdated: Tue Nov 07 2006 11:31:00

Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives for the first time since the 1994 Republican revolution, while control of the Senate hangs in the balance, CNN projects.

Lynne Cheney novel churns controversy in Senate raceupdated: Sun Oct 29 2006 15:59:00

Lynne Cheney is deflecting talk of the sexual content in her novel "Sisters," a 25-year-old book that resurfaced in a campaign Friday and is stirring up controversy.

Webb on sex passage recital: 'It's smear after smear'updated: Fri Oct 27 2006 12:17:00

The bitter Senate campaign in Virginia turned uglier Friday when the Republican incumbent pulled up sexual passages from novels written by his Democratic opponent, who called the move baseless character assassination.

Tyrrell: Politics claims another victimupdated: Thu Sep 28 2006 18:00:00

It appears that another of the Clintons' 1990s goals has come a cropper, to wit, ending the "Politics of Personal Destruction." It is election time in the Great Republic, and that means that for a few months candidates for high office might be beset by charges that have never heretofore been an issue. If they do not respond to those charges with great adroitness, even deviousness, they might be defeated and perhaps spend the rest of their lives under a moral cloud.

Senator denies remark was racistupdated: Wed Aug 16 2006 08:47:00

Sen. George Allen denies a remark he made to describe an opponent's campaign worker was racially charged, saying in a statement that the media misunderstood his comments.

Betting on a novice in Virginiaupdated: Mon May 08 2006 16:20:00

When is a Senate race more than just a Senate race? When Democrats think they can score a trifecta by beating a Republican incumbent in the South, hobbling him as a possible presidential candidate and boosting the fortunes of one of their White House wannabes. That's the weighty challenge for novice politician Jim Webb, a decorated Vietnam vet and a senior Pentagon official under Ronald Reagan who is challenging Republican Senator George Allen in Virginia.

Moral logic of common sacrificeupdated: Mon Aug 08 2005 19:44:00

In his landmark book on the infantryman, "Mud Soldiers," George Wilson quoted Col. Steve Siegfried, a combat veteran, on why the United States must reinstate the military draft in wartime: "Armies don't fight wars. Countries fight wars. I hope to hell we learned that in Vietnam. ... A country fights a war. If it doesn't, then we shouldn't send an army."

Fortune: No need for want ads at the White Houseupdated: Mon May 11 1987 00:01:00

The post-Irangate departures of high-level officials such as Deputy Treasury Secretary Richard Darman and Navy Secretary John Lehman raise fears of a President bereft of his best and brightest. Not...

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