Carney says technology of drone strike doesn't change law

Attorney General Eric Holder says the president does not have the authority to use a drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil, according to a letter he addressed to Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday. Full story

John Cusack On Drone Filibuster: ‘Where Are The Democrats?’

Actor John Cusack was watching Wednesday night’s drone filibuster and wondering “where are the Democrats?” Some quick catch-up: Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) took up a talking filibuster against John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director, which stretched to nearly 13 hours. “I would go for another 12 hours to try to break Strom Thurmond’s record, but ...

Pentagon Says 'Drone Medal' Beats Purple Heart, Bronze Star

DoD rejects call by lawmakers to demote Distinguished Warfare Medal. Full story

Drone Supporters Blast 'Ridiculous' Filibuster

Two Republican colleagues called Paul’s speech a “political stunt.” Full story

CNN Anchor Tries To Nail Rand Paul On Drone Warfare Hypocrisy, Is Shut Down

CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield cornered Sen. Rand Paul with what she thought was his hypocrisy on drone strikes by citing a the 2010 “Times Square bomber” as an individual who she thought both Paul and the administration would agree deserved to be targeted by a drone. Paul did not give Banfield the response she was ...

After drone answers, Paul drops objections to Brennan nomination

WASHINGTON — A day after launching an unusual talking filibuster, Sen. Rand Paul quickly dropped his objection to a Senate vote on John Brennan’s nomination to lead the CIA after Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. satisfied his concerns that the president doesn’t have authority to order a lethal drone strike on U.S. soil outside ...

Holder: No drone strikes on American citizens ‘not engaged in combat’

Attorney General Eric Holder has responded to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s question about whether the federal government can legally use a drone strike against an American citizen on U.S. soil if the person is “not engaged in combat”: Earlier this week, Holder wrote in a letter to Paul that the president has the authority to ...

Drone Wars

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES RAND MAKES A STAND: With a thin blanket of snow covering the capitol, the federal government shut down and John Brennan poised to be confirmed as CIA Director, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has more than a little bit of… Full story

As drone furor ebbs, Senate confirms Brennan as CIA director

The Senate voted Thursday by a vote of 63 to 34 to confirm John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency after a filibuster sparked by the administration’s policy of targeted killings of terrorists. Full story

Eric Holder clarifies policy on drone attacks on U.S. soil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday that President Barack Obama would not have the authority to order a drone to kill an American citizen on U.S. soil who was “not engaged in combat.” In a two-sentence letter to Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul, Holder said he had heard Paul wanted to ...