May 28th, 2012
05:26 PM ET

Women sue for right to combat jobs

Two Army reservists launched a lawsuit against the Defense Department for excluding women from combat roles. They say the combat ban can hurt a woman's career in the military, CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

Annan in Syria with message for 'everyone with a gun'
UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan (C) speaks with UN mission chief in Syria Major General Robert Mood (L) as Annan's spokesman Ahmad Fawzi (2nd R) listens on upon Annan's arrival in Damascus for talks with top officials on May 28, 2012.
May 28th, 2012
09:09 AM ET

Annan in Syria with message for 'everyone with a gun'

By CNN Wire Staff

International envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Syria on Monday amid growing fury over a gruesome massacre that killed 108 people in one town.

He vowed "serious" discussions with President Bashar al-Assad and said he had a message for "everyone with a gun": to halt the violence.

Rebel leaders have said Annan's six-point plan is already "dead" following the killings in Houla, a suburb of the anti-government bastion of Homs. U.N. monitors in Syria said 49 children were among those slaughtered there Friday.

Al-Assad's regime insists it was not behind the massacre and blames terrorist groups. Throughout the uprising against the government, Syria has blamed violence on "armed terrorist groups."


Filed under: Assad • Syria • United Nations
Congress Wars: Battle for the defense budget
May 28th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Congress Wars: Battle for the defense budget

By Mike Mount, Senior National Security Producer

In what is shaping up to be a classic congressional right vs. left fight over defense and war funding, both the House and Senate are gearing up to battle over some expected and not-so-expected items in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed its version of the bill, showing its hand to members of the House of Representatives on what it felt should be authorized for military spending.

The act authorizes spending limits and sets defense policy, but it does not actually appropriate the funds.

The committee version must still pass a full Senate vote. The House signed off on its bill this month. While a date has yet to be announced, both the final House and Senate versions will go through extensive negotiations to hammer out a final version of the legislation, expected in the fall.

Both bills have numerous amendments that will be debated and fought over in the coming months. Keep an eye on these five if you like political fireworks.