In a long-awaited vote, the Senate on Thursday defeated Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bid to take military sexual assault cases outside the chain of command.
The former national security adviser says Russia is "vulnerable" to sanctions.
Sen. Lindsey Graham casts doubt after presidential hopefuls backed Gillibrand's assault bill
Gillibrand's measure falls five votes short of the 60 needed to move forward.
Lawmakers are coming to grips with a 2015 proposed defense budget that would cut the Army down to 420,000 active duty soldiers and cut the number of aircraft carriers down to 10.
The move comes a day after the Pentagon decided to send six additional F-15s to Poland, to reassure NATO allies after Russian forces moved into the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.
A NATO airstrike killed five Afghan soldiers on Thursday in a deadly friendly-fire incident.
'You don’t really have to talk about it. If you talk about it too much, you lose your credibility. And you have to be taken seriously,” said Marine Corps Gen. Jim Jones, who served as Obama’s national security adviser for two years.
John Brennan accused lawmakers of making "spurious allegations" about spying on staffers.
The response at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the defense budget was expectedly frosty, from both sides of the aisle.