Trump Announces He’s Kicking Thousands of Transgender People out of the Military

During his campaign for the presidency, this is where Donald Trump claimed he stood regarding LGBTQ “rights and beliefs.” It appears he’s “lied” to the public yet again.  Without warning or explanation, President Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that he is unilaterally reversing the military’s plan to allow transgender service: While the tweets are …

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HUH? “Too Broke” for Healthcare But Can Easily Find $406B More For F-35

There always another $27 billion or lying around, it seems, when Lockheed Martin needs more money for expensive weapons system  — by Jon Queally, staff writer The nation’s most expensive weapons program isn’t done showing U.S. taxpayers how much it will ultimately cost them, with Bloomberg reporting Monday that the F-35 fighter jet budget is …

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So Much for Women & Members of the LGBTQ Community

Today, the Senate held a number of hearings for the incoming administrations nominees.  One in particular was for General Mattis as Secretary of Defense.  The approved a waiver to allow him to be considered even though he’s been retired only 3 of the SEVEN required year years mandated before a military retiree can be considered …

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VA Secretary Bob McDonald’s Exit Memo

Today, Secretary McDonald and his fellow Cabinet members released their Exit Memos. The Department of Veterans Affairs memo, available online, covers the past 8 years of serving Veterans, the progress of the MyVA transformation, and a vision for the future. An excerpt: Eliminating the Claims Backlog In 2009, VA first defined backlogged disability claims as …

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While The Buffoon on the Right Puffs His Chest About Veterans ….

This morning, Mr. Trump once again puffed his chest and sucked up all the wind in the room touting how he’s the only one supporting Veterans.  Really? I’m sorry, but the inadequately vague brief set of plans outlined on his website clearly demonstrate his clear lack of understanding of the breadth of issues facing active duty service members, …

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On the latest Newsletter from Rep. Mark Amodei

This week, I got the latest version of Rep. Mark Amodei’s News from the Hill newsletter in which he boasts of activity he and other GOP colleagues worked on to pass this week: “It is unacceptable that after years of problems at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), our veterans are still not receiving the …

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Clinton: Supporting Our Veterans, Troops and their Families

Just ahead of Veteran’s Day, Presidential candidate Secretary Hillary Clinton has issued a fact sheet detailing her commitments to our Nation’s Veterans.  “As Commander-in-Chief, Secretary Clinton will personally commit to fulfilling America’s promise to our veterans, our troops, and their families — a commitment driven by her recognition not just of the extraordinary sacrifices they make, but …

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Victims File Suit Against CIA Torture Architects for ‘Systemic Brutality’

Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who thus far escaped accountability, face charges of ‘cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment; non-consensual human experimentation; and war crimes.’ — by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The two psychologists credited with creating the brutal, post-9/11 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torture regime are being sued by three victims of their program on …

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Statement from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

“Today’s announcement between the P5+1 and Iran is a historic accomplishment.  Building on the Lausanne framework, it will ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is – and will remain – a peaceful one, or that the international community will have more than enough time to respond if Iran’s program proves otherwise. This deal will extend the …

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