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Shutdown: Money For Soldiers Going to War, But Not For Their Families When They Die

Shutdown: Money For Soldiers Going to War, But Not For Their Families When They Die
Five U.S. service members were killed over the weekend in Afghanistan, but thanks to the government shutdown, their families won't be receiving the $100,000 "death gratuity" normally wired within 36 hours, and is intended to help cover funeral costs, living expenses and transportation to Dover Air Force Base to witness the return of their loved ones in flag-draped coffins.
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Obama Close to OK'ing Expired Visas for Iraqis that Helped US During War

Obama Close to OK'ing Expired Visas for Iraqis that Helped US During War
A special visa for Iraqis that helped the US during the Iraq war expired earlier this week, but has been fast tracked so that the tens of thousands already here won't suffer any repercussions.
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Obama to Troops: 'Congress Has Not Fulfilled Its Responsibility'

Obama to Troops: 'Congress Has Not Fulfilled Its Responsibility'
Ahead of this afternoon's address from the Rose Garden, President Obama delivered a YouTube message to the American military assuring them that they would still be paid in light of the government shutdown. Naturally, he wasn't too keen on Congress when speaking to the troops.
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Casual Encounters: Soldiers in Afghanistan Using Craigslist to Find Sex Partners

Casual Encounters: Soldiers in Afghanistan Using Craigslist to Find Sex Partners
According to the MarineCorp Times, soldiers stations throughout Afghanistan are using a Craigslist site, "presumably left over from the U.S. war in Iraq," to find sexual partners on multiple major bases, including Kandahar Airfield, Bagram, Camp Leatherneck/Bastion, and Forward Operating Bases Ghazni and Salerno. Though Some ads specifically state taht the poster is looking for a female partner, the majority of users seem to be seeking sex with other men.
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How the Military Discriminates Against Transgender Individuals

How the Military Discriminates Against Transgender Individuals
A goal of both gay and transgender conversion therapy is to embrace societal gender role norms, so in my case embracing masculine norms was the goal. It should come as no surprise then that when I enlisted in the Navy in 1980, it was in part an attempt to be the man I wasn’t.
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Senate Panel Votes to Authorize Force in Syria

Senate Panel Votes to Authorize Force in Syria
A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. The resolution would permit Obama to order a limited military mission against Syria, as long as it doesn't exceed 90 days and involves no American troops on the ground for combat operations.
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The AP
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FBI Releases Slideshow Presentation Used to Remind Gitmo Soldiers of 9/11's Evil

FBI Releases Slideshow Presentation Used to Remind Gitmo Soldiers of 9/11's Evil
Young soldiers at Guantanamo Bay would have been in grade school when the 9/11 attacks occurred. But the government is making sure the terrorist attacks are fresh in their minds. The FBI now holds briefings for military personnel stationed at Guantanamo about the attacks and their connection to the island prison.
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Cora Currier
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Also in Military Court: Ft Hood Shooter Rests Case, US Soldier Faces Witnesses in War Crime Trial

Two Afghan villagers who traveled about 7,000 miles to testify against a U.S. soldier who massacred their relatives didn't get to say everything they wanted to in court Wednesday. And elsewhere, Maj. Nidal Hasan, an American-born Muslim soldier and Army psychiatrist on trial for a shooting rampage that killed 13 people in TX, for all purposes rested his case without contention in court — choosing instead to wage a campaign in the media. Coupled with the enormity of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's 35 year prison sentence, it's been a busy day in America's military courts.
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Gene Johnson, Michael Graczyk and Paul J. Weber
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Border-Industrial Complex Stuffs Senate Bill with $46 Billion in Weaponry, Gadgets

Border-Industrial Complex Stuffs Senate Bill with $46 Billion in Weaponry, Gadgets
Not satisfied with the wars in the Middle East, America's military-industrial complex has sought out a new target demographic: border security. The immigration bill in the Senate already includes requirements for six radar systems ($9.3 billion a pop) and 15 Black Hawk helicopters ($17 million per bird). Get ready for the next wave of corporate welfare.
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The Star Wars Sequel That Just Won't End: Futile Missile Defense Costs Taxpayers Billions

The Star Wars Sequel That Just Won't End: Futile Missile Defense Costs Taxpayers Billions
For three decades, Ronald Reagan's missile defense system known as "Star Wars" has been a colossal failure on a Jar Jar Binksian level. Then again, huge costs and poor performance rarely cause any government program to be terminated — evidence of this effect is exhibited by the continued flow of money to the project despite thirty years of failure and little promise of success in the future.
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