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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Trump Shutdown: Service Members Unpaid For First Time In US History

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump’s shutdown is denying paychecks for service members in the American military for the first time in American history. It is already the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

In a letter to members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Karl Schultz, who serves as the service’s commandant, took note of the alarming milestone.

“To the best of my knowledge, this marks the first time in our Nation’s history that servicemembers in a U.S. Armed Force have not been paid during a lapse in government appropriations.”

The shutdown, Schultz noted, is causing service members and their families “anxiety and uncertainty.” He went on to make members aware of a donation from USAA to people in need, a depressing development for a country with billions of dollars at its disposal.…

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Bolton Firing Urged After Effort To Push Iran Strike Exposed

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Reminding the world that he is, as one critic put it, “a reckless advocate of military force,” the Wall Street Journal revealed on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton “asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran last year, generating concern at the Pentagon and State Department.”

“It is imperative that this Congress investigate Bolton’s request for war options and pass legislation placing additional legal and political constraints on the administration’s ability to start a new war of choice with Iran that could haunt America and the region for generations.”
—Jamal Abdi, NIAC

“It definitely rattled people,” a former U.S.…

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Can U.S. Military Build Border Wall While Rebuilding Itself?

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

In late March 2018, President Donald Trump and then-Defense Secretary James Mattis discussed the idea that the U.S. military could help the president achieve one of his cherished aims: The Pentagon would build a wall across the country’s southern border.

“Securing Americans and securing the nation is of paramount importance to the secretary,” the Pentagon press secretary at the time, Dana White, said of the discussions with Trump. “They have talked about it, but I don’t have any more details as to specifics.”

In the weeks and months that followed, a variety of reports seemed to raise questions about whether the U.S.



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