Washington (CNN)Military officials are set to charge Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for leaving his post in Afghanistan before being captured and held captive for five years, according to Bergdahl's attorney and a congressional source.
The charges are scheduled to be announced at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The decision comes nearly a year after Bergdahl returned to the United States as part of a prisoner exchange and since the Army began a formal investigation into his disappearance from his unit in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009.
The Army concluded its investigation into the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture in December. Until now, it has been in the hands of Gen. Mark Milley, head of U.S. Army Forces Command, who made the decision. Several U.S. military officials CNN has spoken with suggested privately that the process took longer than expected.
Madison — The Republican-controlled state Assembly passed Wisconsin’s so-called right-to-work bill Friday morning after a marathon debate that began Thursday and stretched overnight — a full 24 hours after the floor session started.
The measure, which bans labor contracts requiring workers to pay union fees, now heads to the desk of Gov. Scott Walker, who has said he will sign the bill by Monday.
The Assembly voted 62-35 along party lines in favor of the bill.
Despite certain defeat, Democrats worked overnight to debate the bill in an effort to highlight a measure they call an attack on workers.
But Republicans insisted the bill was about freedom for workers and would help businesses.
Rotunda didn't look nearly as full as during those election year union rants we saw against Walker. Union astroturfing demonstration money dried up.
The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., for allegedly using his position to support the business interests of a donor and friend, CNN reports.
Attorney General Eric Holder already signed off on prosecutors’ request to pursue charges on the allegations — some of which might pass the statute of limitations, the network said.
The potential charges reportedly stem from the politician’s friendship with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, who has donated to Menendez and associated committees.
Menendez has been one of the most vocal democrats opposing President Obama’s decisions regarding two governments with hostile relationships with the United States: Iran and Cuba.
The New Jersey politician does not approve of Obama pursuing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear capabilities or loosening the embargo against Cuba.
CNN says an announcement could come within the next few weeks.
There was once something about this donor and it all got pushed aside once before. Strange when he's not needed, it gets a federal DOJ stamp of approval.
The Israel Navy intercepted a ship early on Wednesday that Iran was using to smuggle dozens of long-range rockets to Gaza.
The IDF’s “Operation Discovery” took place in the Red Sea, 1,500 kilometers away from Israel and some 160 kilometers from Port Sudan. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz oversaw the raid.
Missile ships and navy commandos from the Flotilla 13 unit, backed by the air force, raided the Klos-C cargo ship, which was carrying Syrian- manufactured M-302 rockets.
The ship’s crew is in Israeli custody, and the navy is towing the vessel to Eilat, where it is expected to arrive in the coming days.
The rockets originated in Syria, according to Military Intelligence assessments. Iran reportedly flew the rockets from Syria to an Iranian airfield, trucked them to the seaport of Bander Abbas, and shipped them to Iraq, where they were hidden in cement sacks. The ship then set sail for Port Sudan, near the Sudanese-Eritrean border, on a journey that was expected to last some 10 days.
You'd think Iran would be a little smarter about this. Obama's hope to remove Iranian sanctions just lost some support.