The NRA is fighting challenges to bans on high-capacity magazines and the right to carry a concealed weapon. The NRA employs about two dozen in-house lawyers and hires many more outside lawyers to do battle in courtrooms across the country.
Japan's defense minister issued an order this week to prepare for any additional missile launches from North Korea, following Pyongyang's recent test of a medium-range missile and its exchange of live artillery rounds with South Korea.
A 2013 review of the Air Force's nuclear missile unit is coming under increased scrutiny following the exam-cheating scandal at a nuclear missile base and poor performances by launch officers during an inspection.
As foreign troops draw down and a new president takes office, the sort of dealmaking among Afghans that could promote stability might actually grow easier. A triumphant Taliban march on Kabul – or even their old stronghold of Kandahar – is unlikely.
Fort Hood shooting suspect was being diagnosed for PTSD and claimed other mental health issues. The rates of suicide and domestic violence have increased during the years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, though it is unclear if an Iraq deployment played a role in this case.
Spc. Ivan Lopez, who authorities say killed three others and himself Wednesday at Fort Hood in Texas, reportedly was grappling with depression and anxiety. Authorities hint at a precipitating on-base event.