Tag: Military affairs

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Opinion

10% of Americans like Congress: Are they nuts?

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, accompanied by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, express their frustration after the Senate passed a bill to fund the government, but stripped it of the defund “Obamacare” language as crafted by House Republicans, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (CNN) — Our Congress sucks. This is truly one of the few things we agree on. In fact, a new CNN poll released earlier this week found that Congress has only a 10% approval rating. When you think that 10% of Americans believe Congress is doing a good job, you have to ask yourself one question: Who are these people?! (Imagine this asked with true Jerry Seinfeld-esque exasperation.)

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National

Government powers down; blame trading in capital

A National Park Service employee posts a sign reading “Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN All National Parks are Closed” on a barricade closing access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by David Espo and Donna CassataAssociated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — First slowed, then stalled by political gridlock, the vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday and President Barack Obama warned the longer it goes “the more families will be hurt.” Republicans said it was his fault, not theirs. Ominously, there were suggestions from leaders in both parties that the shutdown, heading for its second day, could last for weeks and grow to encompass a possible default by the Treasury if Congress fails to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. “This is now all together,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill..

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National

Gunman in Navy Yard rampage was hearing voices

This undated photo provided by Kristi Kinard Suthamtewakul shows Aaron Alexis in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Kristi Kinard Suthamtewakul) by Brett Zongker, Eric Tucker and Lolita BaldorAssociated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) – A month before he went on the rampage that left 13 dead, Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis complained to police in Rhode Island that people were talking to him through the walls and ceilings of his hotel rooms and sending microwave vibrations into his body to prevent him from sleeping.

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National

Military sexual assault victims detail humiliation

TESTIFIES–Former US Army Specialist BriGette McCoy, left, wipes a tear as former US Army Sgt. Rebekah Havrilla, right, hugs Anu Bhagwati, a former Marine officer and Executive Director and Co-Founder of Service Women’s Action Network, after they all testified on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 13. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by Donna Cassata Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — BriGette McCoy, a former Army specialist and a Persian Gulf war veteran, said she was raped when she was 18 and at her first duty station. But she did not report it.

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International

South Africa at crossroads as Mandela hospitalized

by Jon GambrellAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela is “doing very, very well” while undergoing unspecified medical tests at a military hospital, the nation’s defense minister said Monday. The office of the presidency said the anti-apartheid icon was being kept in the hospital for a third day for more tests. COUNTRY WORRIES–A newspaper vendor sells Sunday newspapers reporting on former South African President, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg Sunday Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)