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August 29, 2013
The Washington Post just outdid itself with this defense-spending graphic. Click to see.

The Washington Post just outdid itself with this defense-spending graphic. Click to see.

15:14 // 10 months ago
March 16, 2013

On Steubenville, India and other cases of rape or sexual violence

backyardgoldmine says: I don’t understand why American news organizations are more concerned about the gang rapes that happen in India than the ones that happen here. Like the only articles Shortform Blog have about Stubenville are two articles about Rick Santorum giving a speech there. 

» SFB says: We posted an article about Steubenville just a couple of days ago. As far as the case in India, it’s very significant issue culturally in that country and prior cases have led to mass protests. We try to cover issues happening in the U.S. as well as internationally. Fact of the matter: Both cases are worth our time and important to cover. — Ernie @ SFB

17:36 // 1 year ago
November 13, 2012

Gen. William Ward demoted, fined thousands for improper spending

  • $82,000ordered to be repaid by General William Ward to the U.S. government. Ward 63, had a planned retirement in 2011 derailed by a 17 month Defense Department investigation into his spending habits. They found that he’d misspent thousands on travel and other expenses, earning him (in addition to the demanded repayment) demotion from his four-star rank. Now, Ward will retire as a three-star general, yet another military figure fallen by scandal, alongside the rapidly widening and attention-consuming Petraeus investigation. source
20:01 // 1 year ago
July 16, 2012
12:39 // 2 years ago
May 10, 2012
producermatthew:

One Step Back: Just hours after President Obama voiced his support of same-sex marriage, the House Armed Services committee approved a measure that would ban gay marriage ceremonies on U.S. military bases. The measure was approved late on Wednesday, The Hill reports. The measure was included in the committee’s defense authorization bill for 2013, which now goes to the Republican-led House of Representatives for approval. [Photo: AP]The Hill: Committee votes to ban gay marriage on military bases

Actions speaking louder than words?

producermatthew:

One Step Back: Just hours after President Obama voiced his support of same-sex marriage, the House Armed Services committee approved a measure that would ban gay marriage ceremonies on U.S. military bases. The measure was approved late on Wednesday, The Hill reports. The measure was included in the committee’s defense authorization bill for 2013, which now goes to the Republican-led House of Representatives for approval. [Photo: AP]

The Hill: Committee votes to ban gay marriage on military bases

Actions speaking louder than words?

11:18 // 2 years ago
December 14, 2011

BREAKING: White House will NOT veto National Defense Authorization Act

Disturbing news, as this is the bill which would allow for indefinite detention. More details here. EDIT: Jay Carney’s statement on the changes that allowed the bill to go through. EDIT 2: More details on the bill’s changes.

15:47 // 2 years ago
November 22, 2011
Jon Huntsman endorses considering defense cuts, saying that to have a truly honest conversation there must be “no sacred cows.” He also called for America’s foreign policy to be driven by economics.
Check out DC Decoder for further coverage!

Jon Huntsman endorses considering defense cuts, saying that to have a truly honest conversation there must be “no sacred cows.” He also called for America’s foreign policy to be driven by economics.

Check out DC Decoder for further coverage!

21:08 // 2 years ago
July 25, 2011
A little perspective on this whole deficit mess
This graph, courtesy of the New York Times, has been making the rounds today, and it’s worth examining. Note that health care reform, much-maligned by the right as deficit-killer, cost less than even the most inexpensive of George W. Bush’s policies (that policy being Medicare Part D). Note also that the Bush tax cuts alone added more to the deficit than all of President Obama’s new policies combined — and that’s including projected spending over the course of a theoretical second term.  source
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This graph, courtesy of the New York Times, has been making the rounds today, and it’s worth examining. Note that health care reform, much-maligned by the right as deficit-killer, cost less than even the most inexpensive of George W. Bush’s policies (that policy being Medicare Part D). Note also that the Bush tax cuts alone added more to the deficit than all of President Obama’s new policies combined — and that’s including projected spending over the course of a theoretical second term.  source

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23:09 // 2 years ago
June 30, 2011

Last day on the job: The path Robert Gates took as a defense secretary for successive administrations (under the control of different parties) is very unique, and as such you can understand President Obama wanting to give him this sort of an honored send-off. You can be sure that Gates feels the love. source

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15:24 // 3 years ago
May 31, 2011
We just ask that they stop making faces while he’s testifying.
Lauren Kaeseberg, defense attorney for Rod Blagojevich • Complaining to the presiding Judge James Zagel that the prosecution team was making faces and having animated discussions during the testimony of ex-Governor Blagojevich. The defense’s argument would seem to be that the prosecution, who directly face the jury, might be swaying opinions with their reactions. Prosecuting attorney Reid Schar said he’d be mindful of it, but that he didn’t believe they had been making any unusual faces during the testimony — Judge Zagel, similarly, agreed to “watch the government very carefully,” but said he didn’t notice anything. source (viafollow)
19:09 // 3 years ago