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February 6, 2014
15:14 // 2 months ago
January 28, 2014

I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day.  Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program – a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack.  We joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch.
A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain. 
For months, he lay in a coma.  The next time I met him, in the hospital, he couldn’t speak; he could barely move.  Over the years, he’s endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, and hours of grueling rehab every day. 
Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye.  He still struggles on his left side.  But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he’s learned to speak again and stand again and walk again – and he’s working toward the day when he can serve his country again. 
"My recovery has not been easy," he says. "Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy." 
Cory is here tonight.  And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit. 

The story behind Cory Remsburg, Michelle Obama’s guest for the night, from the SOTU speech.

I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day.  Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program – a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack.  We joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch.

A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain. 

For months, he lay in a coma.  The next time I met him, in the hospital, he couldn’t speak; he could barely move.  Over the years, he’s endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, and hours of grueling rehab every day. 

Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye.  He still struggles on his left side.  But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he’s learned to speak again and stand again and walk again – and he’s working toward the day when he can serve his country again. 

"My recovery has not been easy," he says. "Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy." 

Cory is here tonight.  And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit. 

The story behind Cory Remsburg, Michelle Obama’s guest for the night, from the SOTU speech.

22:17 // 2 months ago
December 15, 2013
15:30 // 4 months ago
July 24, 2013
Given the current situation in Egypt, we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward at this time with the delivery of F-16s.
Pentagon press secretary George Little • Confirming that the White House has once again delayed the delivery of several F-16 fighter jets to the Egyptian government following President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster earlier this month. White House officials are emphasizing that the decision to delay delivery of the fighter jets will have no impact on the financial aid previously promised by the United States, with Egypt still set to receive roughly $1.5 billion in the coming weeks. source
16:26 // 9 months ago
July 11, 2013

Egyptian army to get a surprising gift from the U.S. government

  • four F-16 fighter jets will be donated to the Egyptian army by the United States, despite initial skepticism from the Obama Administration over the recent ousting of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. More than $12 billion in economic aid has also been pledged to Egypt in recent days, with roughly five billion coming from the United Arab Emirates alone. source
15:38 // 9 months ago
April 17, 2013

Hagel: US sending troops to Jordan

200 US troops are headed to Jordan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today. Their stated purpose is to help contain violence spilling over from the Syrian conflict, and according to Mohammad al-Momani, Jordan’s Minister of State for Information, they should be arriving “in the next few weeks.” This is a significant announcement, but we’re betting it’ll get buried under all the news today about gun control legislation and the Boston explosion. And that’s a shame. source

18:20 // 1 year ago
January 23, 2013

"The time has come": The letter, sent by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, which may be about to pave the way for allowing women in combat zones. (ht @pbump)

18:51 // 1 year ago
November 20, 2012

Poll: David Petraeus’ legacy remains (mostly) intact

  • 55-11 the national approval/disapproval rating of former General David Petraeus back in May, according to a Gallup poll conducted at the time.
  • 40-30 the current national approval/disapproval rating of former General David Petraeus according to a new poll from Gallup. While he lost 15 points among those who view him favorably, it doesn’t appear that the former CIA director’s recent indiscretions will shape the way he’s remembered. source
14:45 // 1 year ago
November 13, 2012
2 a.m. story idea experiment: Big Story, Interesting Font
Screw it. It’s the middle of the night. Might as well do something interesting with this crazy military scandal. Anyway: Here’s the story | Here’s the font

2 a.m. story idea experiment: Big Story, Interesting Font

Screw it. It’s the middle of the night. Might as well do something interesting with this crazy military scandal. Anyway: Here’s the story | Here’s the font

2:20 // 1 year ago
October 21, 2012
Most Americans see the establishment center as an empty, decaying void that commands neither their confidence nor their love. It is the establishment center that has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster — a terrible cancer eating away the soul of the nation. … It was not the American worker who designed the Vietnam war or our military machine. It was the establishment wise men, the academicians of the center.

— George McGovern on war and the politics that produce war, from a campaign speech in April 1972. (via Reason)

Statements like this have earned McGovern huge respect among progressives even to this day.

8:35 // 1 year ago