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November 26, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Amardeep Singh is a typical American guy -- born in New Jersey, raised by a soccer mom, die-hard Yankees fan, player of fantasy football, married with two kids, attorney. Yet almost every time he travels, he said, he is pulled over by TSA agents for a secondary screening. Why? Singh is Sikh. For religious reasons, he wears a turban. And the turban makes TSA agents nervous. Most times he flies, said Singh, agents pat down his turban and swab his hands for traces of chemicals.
November 20, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security moved a step closer to confirmation Wednesday, advancing to the full Senate after a swift committee vote. At a time when many top presidential appointments have been blocked by Senate Republicans, Jeh Johnson's nomination has proved remarkably smooth thus far. The Senate Homeland committee took just moments to approve Johnson with a voice vote during a meeting Wednesday, less than a week after his confirmation hearing.
November 13, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's choice to lead the Homeland Security Department soared through his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday with little of the usual partisan politics that have blocked many of the president's recent nominees. Jeh Johnson, a former top Defense Department lawyer, faced some pointed questions but almost no opposition from senators, who generally prefaced their questions with praise for him and his qualifications. "Fortunately for our nation, he is a strong leader and well prepared to face the challenges that will await him," said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.)
November 13, 2013 | By Brian Bennett and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - As American warplanes dropped bombs on Libya in June 2011, lawmakers accused the Obama administration of usurping Congress and violating the War Powers Resolution. From his office in the Pentagon's E-Ring, Jeh Johnson, then general counsel at the Defense Department, penned advice to the president: Go to Congress for approval. The president didn't agree, siding with aides who argued that without boots on the ground, the strikes did not constitute "hostilities" under the law, two former government officials familiar with the deliberations recalled.
October 30, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
UC President Janet Napolitano, tackling one of the hot button issues facing her new leadership, announced Wednesday that she will authorize $5 million in university funds to help students who entered the country illegally and do not qualify for federal financial aid. In her first major address since taking office, she also said she will boost support for graduate and postdoctoral researchers by $10 million. Napolitano has encountered some protests in her first month on the job because of what critics contend was the increase in deportations that she oversaw as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
October 18, 2013 | By Brian Bennett and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - When Jeh Johnson, President Obama's pick to run the Department of Homeland Security, moved to Washington to be the top lawyer at the Pentagon in 2009, he launched a charm offensive. He began to hold regular dinners with former George W. Bush administration lawyers and Republican congressional staff. Some were held at an expensive organic restaurant called Nora in downtown D.C., recalls John B. Bellinger III, who served as legal adviser for the State Department and the National Security Council during the Bush administration.
October 17, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to nominate former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to be secretary of Homeland Security, a senior administration official confirmed Thursday. Obama is expected to make the announcement Friday afternoon at the White House, the official said. Johnson would succeed Janet Napolitano, who left in July to become president of the University of California system. In choosing Johnson, Obama is promoting the lawyer known for leading the way on reforms to the military commissions system at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
October 17, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Jeh Johnson, a former Pentagon general counsel who established the legal frameworks for lethal drone strikes and for allowing gays to serve openly in the military, will be nominated by President Obama to be the next secretary of Homeland Security, according to administration officials. Johnson, 56, was an early supporter of Barack Obama's presidential ambitions and an advisor to his campaign. He contributed more than $33,000 in 2008 to Obama's fundraising committees.
October 2, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
GLYNCO, Ga. - Nestled in a corner of southeast Georgia known for marsh-ringed islands, grassy dunes and year-round golf, this picturesque area might seem far from the political impasse in Washington that has shut down most of the federal government. But last year, nearly 70,000 law enforcement officers from across the country took courses at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center here, a Department of Homeland Security facility so sprawling it has its own ZIP code. They practiced on 18 firearms ranges and ran armed drills inside a mock train station, an airport terminal and a Main Street.
September 30, 2013 | by Scott Collins
Critics may have complained about last season, but fans haven't given up on "Homeland" yet.  Season 3 of the counter-terrorism thriller opened Sunday with 1.9 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.  That was 9% higher than last year's Season 2 premiere and "Homeland's" most-watched season start yet. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers This despite the fact that "Homeland" was airing opposite the hugely anticipated series...
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