The Note
Sep 17, 2014 11:39pm

Obamas Bend Ban on Selfies for Cute Kids

Ever since President Obama inadvertently got in hot water for appearing in a sponsored Samsung selfie tweet with Big Papi, he and the first lady have largely avoided self-shot photos with fans in crowds. But on Wednesday, in separate cities, the president and first lady… Read More »

National Security
Sep 17, 2014 7:39pm

Air Force Drops ‘So Help Me God’ Requirement in Enlistment Oaths

Air Force members once again have the option of omitting the phrase “so help me God” from their enlistment and appointment oaths.  The service joins the other three military branches in making the phrase optional for its service members, a practice it had followed until… Read More »

The Note
Sep 17, 2014 6:29pm

Joe Biden Refers to Asia as ‘The Orient’

DES MOINES, Iowa – Vice President Joe Biden described Asia as “the Orient’ in a speech here today, hours after he apologized for using a word that could be perceived as anti-Semitic. “You know, on the way back from Mumbai to go meet with President… Read More »

The Note
Sep 17, 2014 6:16pm

Phoenix Wait-Lists ‘Contributed’ to VA Deaths

Delays caused by secret waiting lists “contributed” to deaths at the Phoenix VA earlier this year, an assistant inspector general who helped draft a controversial Inspector General report admitted today under intense questioning by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. The assertion by Dr. John Daigh… Read More »

By Freda Kahen-Kashi

The Note
Sep 17, 2014 5:19pm

Arrest for Trying to Watch Volleyball Lands Iranian Woman in Solitary Confinement

A roaring crowd gathered outside Iran’s Azadi Stadium to watch the Iranian national volleyball team play a qualifying match against Italy, an exciting day for anyone fluent in the universal language of sports, and a life-changing moment for Ghoncheh Ghavami. The British-Iranian citizen, 25, was… Read More »

The Note
Sep 17, 2014 4:10pm

Biden Rolls into Iowa With Nuns on a Bus

DES MOINES, Iowa–Just three days after Hillary Clinton visited the presidential testing grounds of Iowa, Vice President Biden was right behind her with a populist speech that sounded at times like it was 2016. Although this trip was an official White House visit, in Iowa… Read More »

The Note
Sep 17, 2014 3:37pm

Benghazi Committee Probes Steps to Improve Diplomatic Security

A little more than two years since four Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya, the Benghazi Select Committee held its first public hearing today — examining the steps the Department of State has taken to improve diplomatic security around the world in the wake of… Read More »

By Kirsten Appleton

The Note
Sep 17, 2014 2:51pm

Why One Congressman Is Tweeting Out the Whole Constitution

Today is the U.S. Constitution’s 227th birthday, celebrated as a federal holiday called Constitution Day. Instead of boring you with a history lesson, re-learn about it by watching this short educational Schoolhouse Rock video. Now take a look at how some lawmakers are celebrating Constitution… Read More »

By Veronica Stracqualursi

The Note
Sep 17, 2014 1:19pm

Financial Guru Suze Orman Backs Elizabeth Warren for President, Not Hillary Clinton

CNBC TV host and finance expert Suze Orman just loves Sen. Elizabeth Warren — and she wants to tell everyone about it. Asked if she would vote for Warren over Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, Orman offered a hearty “yes” in front of an… Read More »

The Note
Sep 17, 2014 8:45am

ISIS Comes To The Hill

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES THE VOTE:  Lawmakers are expected to continue debating whether to approve President Obama’s plan to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. As ABC’s JOHN PARKINSON points out, during yesterday’s debate, Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., a former officer in… Read More »