Bloggers took a break from other topics today to follow the congressional testimony of Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker. The two began testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning, with both John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE in attendance.

A handful are on top of the testimony as it unfolds, as is the Briefing Room. Firedoglake