Elisabeth Bumiller

New York Times Reporter

Elisabeth Bumiller appears in the following:

Obama Lists Climate Change Among His Top Priorities for Second Term

Thursday, January 10, 2013

As President Obama moves into his second term, his policy priorities, and the policies themselves, will likely shift. Coral Davenport, energy and environment correspondent for the National Journal, explores the Obama Administration's priorities on climate change, and Elisabeth Bumiller, Pentagon correspondent for Takeaway partner The New York Times, discusses the Administration's policy shifts in Afghanistan.

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Petraeus Scandal Expands

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The scandal involving General David Petraeus, his lover Paula Broadwell, and the woman vying for his attention, Jill Kelley has expanded into a sort of love pentagon. Elisabeth Bumiller is a Pentagon correspondent for our partner The New York Times, and Thom Shanker, is The Times' Pentagon and national security correspondent.

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US Soldiers punished for Koran Burning and Video

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

No U.S. officers will face jail time after two separate incidents of military misconduct in Afghanistan earlier this year. For the burning of a box of Korans, four Army officers and two enlisted soldiers received letters of reprimand. For the video of marines urinating on Taliban corpses, three officers received "non-judicial punishments."

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Army To File Charges Against Staff Sgt Robert Bales

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Until just a few weeks ago, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales was known simply as a former high school football captain, an American patriot who joined the Army after 9/11, a husband, a son, and a father of two. Now, he’s a prisoner at a detention facility in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan in an incident that’s been called one of the worst war crimes of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. As new facts about Bales' life emerge — including details about foot and head injuries and a mild traumatic brain injury he suffered — it appears that this could shape into a complicated legal case for the Army.


Proposed Pentagon Budget Cuts for the Next Decade

Friday, January 27, 2012

After ten years of war and expanded spending, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta outlined a series of military budget cuts for the next decade totaling $487 billion. Among these cost-saving measures are limiting pay raises for troops, increasing health insurance fees for military retirees, and closing bases in the U.S. These proposed cuts would be in addition to a previously established drawdown of troops and army personnel over the next five years.


Two Weeks in the Job, Panetta Changes Tone at Pentagon

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Leon Panetta began his term as defense secretary on July 1, 2011. In the less than two weeks since, he's already visited Iraq and Afghanistan and set a new tone — and agenda — for the Pentagon. Though he was friendly with his predecessor, Robert Gates, Panetta has not been shy about publicly changing the goals for America's two wars. 


Operation Odyssey Dawn in Full Effect

Monday, March 21, 2011

U.S., British, and French coalition forces began Operation Odyssey Dawn Saturday, firing missiles into Libya to enforce a U.N. mandated no-fly zone. Tanks and air defenses were targeted to curb Col. Moammar Gadhafi's deadly assault on rebel forces. A building in Gadhafi's compound reportedly was hit by a missile, though the Pentagon insists this is not an attempt to overthrow Gadhafi. The New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller looks at the weekend's events and talks about the Pentagon's plan.

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Violence in Pakistan and a Presidential Run-off in Afghanistan

Friday, October 16, 2009

Violence is on the rise in Pakistan. Twelve days of attacks across the country have left well over 150 people dead, and there are no signs yet that security forces are going to be able to beat back the militants. A suicide car bombing targeted a police station in the city of Peshawar this morning. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool joins us from Islamabad, Pakistan. 

And directly next door, in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai has denied allegations of fraud in the recent presidential election and claimed he won a simple majority of votes. Now, according to Elisabeth Bumiller of The New York Times, the election results may turn out to show no single victor, meaning a run-off election could be announced shortly. She joins us with a look at the potential run-off and the political problem this would pose for the Obama Administration.

For more, read Elisabeth Bumiller's article, "Karzai Aide Says Afghan Runoff Vote Is Likely," in today's New York Times.

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War in Afghanistan: Next Moves Uncertain

Friday, September 04, 2009

Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently delivered what many described as a surprisingly honest and sober analysis of the current situation for the war in Afghanistan. But predicting the road ahead seemed more difficult for Gates.

In a piece she co-authored in today's New York Times, Pentagon Correspondent Elisabeth Bumiller describes an Obama administration openly conflicted about the war in Afghanistan.

“The argument is not about whether the war should continue. The argument is about the number of troops that should be added in the coming months.” — Elisabeth Bumiller, Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times


Scary Statistic: Many Detainees Return to Terrorism

Thursday, May 21, 2009

In advance of President Obama's speech on national security, a report has leaked out that may strengthen opposition to closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The report indicates that 74 of the 534 prisoners released from Guantanamo so far have returned to terrorism or militant activity. Joining The Takeaway is Elizabeth Bumiller, a reporter for the New York Times who has been following this story.

For more, read Elizabeth Bumiller's article, 1 in 7 Freed Detainees Rejoins Fight, Report Finds, in today's New York Times.


Adding up Gates' defense budget

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has unveiled his budget plan for the Pentagon. There are a broad range of cuts to weapons spending and big boosts to new technology that are supposed to help battle the insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gates didn't just spend money, though, he also took a red pen to President Obama's budget line for a new helicopter. Paul Hughes, senior program officer at the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention at the United States Institute for Peace joins New York Times Reporter Elisabeth Bumiller to break the new budget plan down.

The 2010 Department of Defense Budget Proposal
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announces some major cuts (and a couple of increases) in his 2010 budget. View other highlights from the speech, in pictures, after the jump.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a Pentagon press briefing, April 6, 2009 (Cherie Cullen/Department of Defense)

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The Public Financing Debate in 08

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller and Anthony Corrado, professor of government at Colby College, talk about public financing in the general election.

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