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Sexual assaults in military bring only light punishments

Sexual assaults in military bring only light punishments

At U.S. military bases in Japan, most service members found culpable in sex crimes in recent years did not go to prison, according to internal Department of Defense documents. Instead, in a review of hundreds of cases filed in America’s largest overseas military installation, offenders were fined, demoted, restricted to their bases or removed from […]

A sordid history of U.S. military sex crimes in Japan

A sordid history of U.S. military sex crimes in Japan

Hundreds of records detailing sex-crime investigations involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan show most offenders were not incarcerated, suspects received light punishments after being accused of serious violations, and victims increasingly were wary of cooperating with investigators. According to the Department of Defense documents: NAVY USE OF NON-JUDICIAL PUNISHMENT ON RISE Data from the […]

Using Obamacare to deny coverage to HIV/AIDs sufferers

Using Obamacare to deny coverage to HIV/AIDs sufferers

Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana trying to obtain coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform are in danger of being thrown out of the insurance plan they selected in a dispute over federal subsidies and the interpretation of federal rules about preventing Obamacare fraud. Some healthcare advocates see discrimination in the move, but […]

Deja vu? U.S. has a new debt limit to face

Deja vu?  U.S. has a new debt limit to face

The U.S. government is getting a new borrowing cap Friday, almost four months after Washington defused October’s government shutdown and debt crisis. The new cap on borrowing is expected to be about $17.2 trillion. It means Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will have to employ bookkeeping maneuvers to keep the government functioning until Congress further raises […]

Anti-Obamacare rants: Facts don’t support rhetoric

Anti-Obamacare rants:  Facts don’t support rhetoric

As is normal in political debates, the facts come up short of matching rhetoric, especially when it comes to anti-Obamacare rants from the usual collective of Republican naysayers. The rabid right has jumped on a new report from the Congressional Budget Office that claims the new healthcare law will “encourage” millions of Americans to quit […]

Hagel wants military crackdown on ethical lapses

Hagel wants military crackdown on ethical lapses

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants military leaders to inject more urgency into ensuring “moral character and moral courage” in a force suffering a rash of ethical lapses. Hagel has been worried by a string of scandals that has produced a wave of unwelcome publicity for the military. But in light of new disclosures this week, […]

FAA wants inspections of airport towers

FAA wants inspections of airport towers

A lightning strike that injured an air traffic controller at Baltimore’s main airport has exposed a potential vulnerability at airport towers during storms and is prompting Federal Aviation Administration officials to inspect hundreds of towers nationwide, The Associated Press has learned. The FAA will look for problems with the lightning protection systems for airport towers, […]

Who really benefits from new farm bill?

Who really benefits from new farm bill?

It isn’t just farmers who will benefit from the sweeping farm bill that Congress has sent President Barack Obama. There’s also help for rural towns, grocery stores in low-income areas and, most notably, the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients. After years of setbacks, the Senate passed the nearly $100 billion-a-year measure Tuesday on a […]