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Rep. Jackie Speier outs obscene Marine Facebook page

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Amid the sudden uproar over sexual assaults in the military following a Pentagon report Tuesday that 26,000 members of the military were assaulted last year, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, released portions of a Facebook page, “F’N Wook,” denigrating women in the Marine Corps. In a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Marine Corps Commandant   [Read More]

The not-so-scary Sequester

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Friday may not be doomsday after all. President Obama said as much in a press conference Friday, when he said the sequester is “not apocalypse” but “just dumb.” He said he could not do a “Jedi mind-meld” to convince Republican leaders to avoid it. So Obama is not a Jedi but perhaps the White House   [Read More]

Ten ways you could feel Friday’s $85B federal budget cuts

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Leon Panetta extends military benefits to same-sex couples

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As one of his last acts in office, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta extended additional military benefits to gay and lesbian couples Monday, saying discrimination based on sexual orientation “has no place in the Department of Defense.” These encompass 20 benefits such as education, hospital visitation, casualty notification, travel, transportation, identification cards, family counseling, relocation assistance, [...] [Read More]

The early reviews are in: Chuck Hagel bombs at confirmation hearing

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Categories: Military, White House

Barbara Boxer endorses Chuck Hagel; Schumer on board

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California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer endorsed her former GOP colleague for Defense Secretary late Monday evening. Boxer had withheld support after President Obama nominated the Nebraskan last week, citing questions about his position on Israel, women’s issues and gays and lesbians. Boxer said she spoke with Hagel “extensively” by telephone last week and received a [...] [Read More]

LGBT groups fight over Chuck Hagel nomination

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Log Cabin Republicans, a gay group, is running expensive full-page ads in the Washington Post and New York Times opposing Obama’s nomination former Nebraska GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense to replace Californian Leon Panetta. Log Cabin cites a 1998 Hagel statement opposing Clinton-nominated Luxembourg ambassador James Hormel as “openly, aggressively, gay,” Hagel’s [...] [Read More]
Categories: LGBT, LGBT issues, Military, Obama

The List: Republican Cabinet members in Democratic administrations

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If Chuck Hagel is confirmed as Secretary of Defense — and that’s a big IF — he’ll join a short list of prominent Republicans who agreed to join the president’s Cabinet in a Democratic administration. Here’s a sampling of some previous Republican Cabinet officials over the past century: Harold Ickes, Secretary of the Interior (1933-1946) [...] [Read More]
Categories: Military, White House

Nancy Pelosi to John Boehner: “figure it out”

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At a press conference Wednesday, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, provided intriguing insight on her approach to leadership. Here it is verbatim: Q: Madam Leader, Speaker Boehner, this week, is being squeezed on the left and on the right on this deal. As a former Speaker, do you think that he can – [...] [Read More]

Dianne Feinstein torture report may conflict with Bin Laden movie

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Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will hold a a committee vote Thursday on a comprehensive report on U.S. torture (“enhanced interrogation techniques”) since 9/11, but anti-torture advocates said its findings could be swamped by a hot new movie that glorifies torture. Zero Dark Thirty, set for release Dec. 19 in New York and [...] [Read More]