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NATIONAL
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.
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NATIONAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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...
OPINION
September 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It is cruel and inhumane to keep prison inmates in solitary confinement for indefinite periods or to put them there for arbitrary reasons. Studies indicate that inmates subjected to prolonged isolation are at risk for mental illness and suicide. That's led human rights groups and the United Nations' special rapporteur on torture, among others, to conclude that solitary confinement should be abolished, with very few exceptions. Yet its use is widespread, not only in state and federal prisons but in immigration detention facilities.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
Janet Napolitano has a message for the next head of the Department of Homeland Security: “You will need a large bottle of Advil.” In a farewell speech Tuesday, Napolitano gave a wide-ranging defense of her 4½f years as head of one of the government's youngest and most unwieldy departments. “Some have said that being the secretary of DHS is the most thankless job in Washington,” Napolitano said at the National Press Club in the capital. “That's not true. No doubt it is a very big and complex job. It is literally a 24/7 job,” she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A congressman is urging federal officials to more thoroughly investigate the safety of a San Pedro butane storage facility situated near homes, schools and shopping areas in San Pedro. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding that the agency take additional steps to protect the public from the risk of explosion at the Rancho LPG Holdings site on North Gaffey Street. Waxman said he was concerned that an earlier Homeland Security inspection of the facility was cursory, did little to verify the company's safety information and conflicted with recent findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
NATIONAL
July 25, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - President Obama's choice to be second in command at the Department of Homeland Security vigorously denied allegations Thursday that he helped a company run by the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton secure a special visa for foreign investors. "I have never in my career used undue influence to influence the outcome of a case," Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told a Senate panel considering his nomination.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By Ted Rall
Janet Napolitano, the outgoing secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has been tapped to head the University of California.  ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Jenny McCarthy, dangerous at any volume Rolling Stone nails it with its Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall    
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
SAN FRANCISCO - The UC regents Thursday confirmed U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as the next president of the 10-campus system during a meeting interrupted by protesters who contended that she should be disqualified because her agency expanded deportations of people who entered the country illegally. The regents set Napolitano's base salary at $570,000 a year, which at her request is $21,000 less than the pay for current UC President Mark G. Yudof. That avoids a political furor about executive pay inflation, but it still will be a big raise from Napolitano's annual Cabinet salary of about $200,000.
OPINION
July 17, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The outgoing secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, may be a brilliant choice to serve as the new president of the University of California. But how can we tell? And how, for that matter, can the Board of Regents tell? Half of the regents haven't even had a chance to talk to her about how she would approach the job - a job that involves 10 campuses, 170,000 faculty and staff members and more than 220,000 students. That's why they should delay their Thursday vote on her appointment - which comes less than a week after the selection was announced - and instead engage in a more public and transparent hiring process that will assure Californians that this unorthodox decision is the right one. It has become more common in recent years for colleges to pick leaders with nonacademic backgrounds.
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