national security http://wfpl.org en In Farewell Speech, Lugar Calls for More Unity, Less Posturing http://wfpl.org/post/farewell-speech-lugar-calls-more-unity-less-posturing <p>Outgoing U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana says Congress and the president need to establish a closer working relationship, especially in the area of national security.</p> <p>The Republican, who’s leaving Capitol Hill after 36 years, delivered his<a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/clip/4209621"> farewell address </a>on the Senate floor today , saying the current dialogue on national security is one of the least constructive he’s ever witnessed.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:24:48 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 2939 at http://wfpl.org In Farewell Speech, Lugar Calls for More Unity, Less Posturing McConnell, Paul Want Holder to Appoint Special Prosecutor Regarding Leak Investigation http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-paul-want-holder-appoint-special-prosecutor-regarding-leak-investigation <p>Joining a chorus of Republican lawmakers, Kentucky U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are requesting Attorney General Eric Holder immediately appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a series of national security leaks.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/attorney-general-eric-holder-appoints-federal-prosecutors-for-leak-investigations/">Holder announced two U.S. attorneys would lead the criminal investigation</a> into possible leaks that some GOP lawmakers have alleged originated in the White House. But President Obama has vehemently denied his administration revealed information about the president&#39;s terrorist &quot;kill lists&quot; and cyber-attacks against Iran&#39;s nuclear program.</p><p>Over 30 GOP Senators have signed a letter asking the attorney general to assign a special counsel who would be &quot;<span style="">free from the appearance of politics or undue influence,&quot; to investigate.</span> The circulated letter has the signature of many high-profiled lawmakers including Senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida.</p><p>From the letter:</p><blockquote><p>Dear Attorney General Holder:</p><p>The numerous national security leaks reportedly originating out of the Executive Branch in recent months have been stunning.&nbsp; If true, they reveal details of some of our Nation&rsquo;s most highly classified and sensitive military and intelligence matters, thereby risking our national security, as well as the lives of American citizens and our allies. If there were ever a case requiring an outside special counsel with bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust, this is it. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:37:35 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 802 at http://wfpl.org