Star-studded tour entertains Currahee troops
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Actor Robin Williams, country music singer Kix Brooks from the duo Brooks and Dunn, and Hall of Fame songwriter Bob Dipiero visited Soldiers from Task Force Currahee as part of a USO show Dec. 15.
USO tour visits with troops at FOB Fenty
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Several entertainers, sponsored by the USO, visited servicemembers here Dec. 15. The group included comedians Lewis Black and Kathleen Madigan; athlete Lance Armstrong; and special guest Deborah Mullen, wife of U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Event Pays Tribute to ‘The Chosin Few’
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 – Fang Woo walked into a room, walls adorned with Navy history memorabilia, and made a beeline for a young Marine reservist across the room.
Face of Defense: Guardsman Has Complementary Dual Roles
SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 16, 2010 – When he’s asked about the upcoming weather forecast, Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Sterling Poulson switches to his “TV voice” to report, “It’s 70 degrees outside and pretty nice!”
Approval of Internet traffic rules likely-analysts
WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Contentious Internet traffic rules facing a vote next week are likely to be adopted without radically veering from a proposal unveiled earlier in the month, telecommunications policy analysts said on Wednesday.
Senate GOP likely to force confrontation of FCC net neutrality rules
Thirty senators have signed a letter making it clear that should the Federal Communications Commission implement “net neutrality” regulations during its December 21st meeting, the GOP will force a confrontation on the Senate floor over the rules. Doing so would provide insight into how Republicans, as a minority in the Senate, leverage its control over the House of Representatives to hamstring attempts by the executive branch to rule by regulatory fiat.
Leaders pile up $2 billion in earmarks
Senate leaders and top appropriators from both parties racked up more than $2.2 billion in earmarks in the massive omnibus spending bill that Democrats are pushing to enact in the final days of the 111th Congress.
Redistribution on steroids
Rep. Cleaver has proposed a $48 billion earmark. When absurdity gives way to hilarity, you must be talking about politics. In the midst of a colossal global concern for the economic stability of our great nation, Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri’s 5th Congressional District representative, has one small earmark on his wish list that deserves some attention.
Senate votes to begin debate on START
The Senate voted Wednesday to begin debating a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia in a test vote that signals the treaty – which would cut the number of nuclear weapons that the U.S. and Russia have deployed – has enough support to be ratified.
Florida judge to rule on health-care challenge by states
PENSACOLA, FLA. – Three days after a federal judge in Virginia voided a key provision of the U.S. health-care overhaul, attorneys for 20 other states will ask a federal judge in this Florida city to do the same.
Obama quietly erasing borders
Acting quietly, below the radar of U.S. public opinion and without congressional approval, the Obama administration is implementing a key policy objective of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, to erase the border with Mexico and Canada.
Justice Scalia to Teach First Congressional ‘Constitution 101’ Class
When the 112th Congress convenes next year, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Tea Pary Caucus will get a crash course on the constitutional separation of powers by Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, CNN reports. Justice Scalia will lead the first of the constitutional seminars for members of Congress in late January.
Feds bust suspected Yemeni terror ring in N.C.
Federal agents have raided several convenience stores and a mosque in tiny Henderson, N.C., while arresting at least two Muslim men in connection with the raid.
Iraq: Al Qaeda Planning Holiday Attacks in West
(AP) Iraqi authorities have obtained confessions from captured insurgents who claim al Qaeda is planning suicide attacks in the United States and Europe during the Christmas season, two senior officials said Wednesday.
ECB boosts capital to cope with euro zone crisis
FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The European Central Bank acted to increase its financial firepower in the euro zone debt crisis on Thursday by deciding to almost double its capital to cope with increased credit risk and market volatility.
Man in need finds wallet and moral compass
Maybe it was the holiday spirit. Maybe it was because it was the right thing to do. Or maybe it was a little bit of both that inspired Brian Christopher to perform a simple act of kindness.