fourthe number of veteran female soldiers that filed a suit against the U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday, fighting against the military’s policy barring women from combat zones. The American Civil Liberties Union is representing the women, which says “the combat exclusion policy also makes it harder for them to do their jobs.” source
Before anybody starts shooting down proposals, I think we need to listen, we need to gather up all the facts. If people are, in fact, concerned about spending, debt, deficits and the future of our country, then they’re going to need to be armed with the information about the kinds of choices that are going to be involved, and we can’t just engage in political rhetoric.
President Barack Obama • Offering firm – but vague – support for his fiscal commission’s work. An early version if his report was released yesterday, and it specifically made Democrats very angry (and Republicans as well, over proposed massive defense cuts). Obama’s point? Let’s look at their ideas, avoid the politics and start talking about what makes most sense. That said, though, Obama’s not offering specifics until he sees the full report, which isn’t coming along until December 1. Plus, he’s in Seoul, not DC. source(via • follow)
millionthe size of the weapons contract the U.S. plans to sign with the Saudi government
yearsthe length of said contract; the U.S. is signing it to help protect its security and economic interests source
Will Congress object to the deal? If Congress has any issues with the deal (which includes upgrading older equipment, along with new F-15s and helicopters) they have 30 days to raise them. A senate panel has already been given the tip-off.