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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Women Are Already Proving Their Worth In Combat

Is Donald Trump the Republican Party’s leading misogynist? Not this week.

That honor goes to California Rep. Duncan Hunter, who pressed forward a bill that would require women to register for a draft.

Don’t be confused. A former Marine, Hunter doesn’t think women can hack it in military combat. He’s hoping that Americans will agree and start a fight that will play out in Congress.

A slim majority of his colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee saw things differently. They passed Hunter’s interestingly titled Draft America’s Daughters Act by a vote of 32 to 30. Six of his fellow Republicans broke ranks to support it.…

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Wayne Simmons, Right Wing Media’s Benghazi Expert, Pleads Guilty To Fraud

Published with permission from Media Matters for America.

Wayne Simmons, who presented himself as a national security expert and was a part of the conservative media push for a congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack, has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

In an April 29 press release the Department of Justice noted that Simmons “falsely claimed he spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency” and had pleaded guilty “to major fraud against the government, wire fraud, and a firearms offense.”

The release further noted, “Simmons admitted he defrauded the government in 2008 when he obtained work as a team leader in the U.S.…

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Fentanyl, The Opioid Crisis You’ve Never Heard Of

Users of a lethal drug 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin are dying in far greater numbers than those reported by some federal agencies, a study of medical examiner reports in those states hardest hit by the epidemic reveals.

The most widely quoted figure for deaths linked to the use of fentanyl is from a nationwide alert issued March 2015 by the Drug Enforcement Agency, which estimated the number, between the end of 2013 through 2014, at 700.

But a study of medical examiner and other reports from eight of ten states where the largest number of seizures of fentanyl were reported reveals much larger and more frightening numbers.…

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