Military

Marine Corps Drill Instructor Sentenced To Ten Years For Torturing Muslim Recruits, One Of Whom Killed Himself

The Associated Press reports: A Marine Corps drill instructor was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for choking, punching or otherwise tormenting recruits, especially three Muslims — one of whom ultimately killed himself by leaping down a stairwell. A military jury handed out the punishment to Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix a day after convicting him of abusing more than ...

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POLL: 84% Believe Trump Willing To Strike North Korea

Just out from Pew Research: As Donald Trump sets off on his visit to Asia, the public has become increasingly concerned over North Korea’s capability and its willingness to use nuclear weapons against the United States. About seven-in-ten Americans (71%) say the U.S. should take North Korea’s nuclear threats “very seriously,” up from 56% in 2013. And more say North ...

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Trump Rages About “Disgraceful” Bergdahl Verdict

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump called the news that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will not be facing any prison time a “complete disgrace” today, but that’s far from the harshest comment he’s had on the issue. His most recent previous remark came on Oct. 16, when Trump declined to comment on the Bergdahl case, saying, “They’re setting up sentencing, ...

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No Prison Sentence For Army Deserter Bowe Bergdahl

CNN reports: US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has received a dishonorable discharge but will avoid prison time for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after abandoning his outpost in 2009, a military judge ruled Friday. He originally faced the possibility of life in prison, but the prosecution asked the judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, for a 14-year sentence. Bergdahl’s ...

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Court Blocks Trump’s Trans Military Ban, Says Directive “Based Only On Desire To Disapprove Of Trans People”

The Associated Press reports that a federal court has blocked Trump’s attempt to ban transgender military service. Story developing…. UPDATE: On July 26 Trump issued a statement via Twitter announcing that “the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” A formal presidential memorandum required the military to remove ...

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Trump Accuses Gold Star Widow Of Lying

As always, Trump is spending his morning watching TV. The New York Times reports: The widow of one of four soldiers killed in Niger went on television on Monday to criticize President Trump for how he spoke to her during a condolence call last week, saying the president blundered through the conversation and only deepened her grief because he did ...

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FLORIDA: Gold Star Widow Breaks Silence, Says Trump’s Phone Call “Made Me Cry Even More” [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The pregnant widow of Sgt. La David Johnson said the phone call she received from President Donald Trump before meeting her husband’s body at Dover Air Force Base made her more upset as the president struggled to remember her spouse’s name. “I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name, and that’s what hurt me ...

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McCain Slams Rich “Bone Spur” Draft Dodgers [VIDEO]

Talking Points Memo reports: In an interview about the Vietnam War taped last week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) appeared to criticize President Donald Trump for receiving a draft deferment for bone spurs during the Vietnam War. The Arizona senator did not mention the President by name but specifically called out “high-income Americans” who got doctors’ notes for a “bone spur.” ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

CBS News provides likely topics: Gold Star controversy: White House chief of staff John Kelly’s stirring statements in the White House press briefing room Thursday still has not put to rest the controversy over President Trump’s call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and questions linger about how Johnson and four other troops died in Niger. The FBI ...

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Trump Continues Lies About Gold Star Family Call

The HuffPost reports: President Donald Trump resorted to name-calling in a tweet late Thursday, blasting a congresswoman as “wacky” for criticizing his condolence call to the widow of a Florida soldier slain in Niger. Wilson, who has known the soldier’s family for years, was traveling in a car this week with pregnant widow Myeshia Johnson when Trump’s call came in ...

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Pentagon Promises Probe Into Niger Ambush As McCain Threatens Subpoena Over Administration Inaction

Politico reports: In the face of growing scrutiny, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday said the type of attack that killed four U.S. troops in Niger earlier this month was “considered unlikely” and pledged to release the findings of a Pentagon investigation “as rapidly” as possible. “I would just tell you that in this specific case contact was considered unlikely,” ...

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Fox News Host Bret Baier: Trump Started The Gold Star Controversy By Lying About Other Presidents [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: Fox News says the “fake news” mainstream media isn’t to blame for once, and it is instead pointing to the president. No, you aren’t reading that wrong. Anchor Bret Baier said no one other than President Donald Trump is the cause of the latest controversy involving the White House—over calling families of fallen soldiers, including the four recently ...

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John Kelly Confirms Trump’s Words To Gold Star Family After Trump Denounced Reports As “Lies” [VIDEO]

CNN reports: White House chief of staff John Kelly, in an extraordinary and at times emotional statement Thursday, said he advised President Donald Trump on what to say before he called the families of the four fallen soldiers who died during an ambush in Niger. Kelly said from the White House briefing room that he advised Trump to offer similar ...

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FOUR MONTHS LATER: Trump Cuts Promised $25,000 Check For Gold Star Family After Public Shaming

The Washington Post reports: The White House says President Donald Trump has sent a $25,000 check he promised to the father of an Army sergeant killed in Afghanistan. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Trump offered the money during a telephone conversation with the father of Dillon Baldrige a few weeks after the 22-year-old was killed in Afghanistan on June ...

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Grieving Gold Star Father Says Trump Offered $25,000 In Personal Phone Call But Never Followed Through

The Washington Post reports: President Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said. Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, told The Washington Post that Trump called him at his home ...

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Mother Of Fallen Soldier Backs Account Of Trump’s Ugly Comments: The President Disrespected My Son [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: President Trump in a tweet Wednesday denied that he had told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Africa this month that her husband “must have known what he signed up for.” But the mother of the fallen soldier stood behind the account, saying that Trump “did disrespect” the family with his comments ...

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Trump Denies Telling Widow Of Soldier Killed In Niger That Her Husband Knew “What He Signed Up For”

NBC News reports: A Florida congresswoman said that the family of a U.S. service member killed in Niger was “astonished” when President Donald Trump suggested in a phone call that the soldier “must’ve known what he signed up for.” Rep. Frederica Wilson told NBC Miami that she heard the president’s comment to Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, on ...

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US Army Bans Green Card Holders From Enlisting

Mic reports: Army recruiters have been told to stop enlisting green card holders into the Army effective immediately, according to an email sent to military recruiters and obtained by Mic, a move that experts say breaks federal law. “EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY DO NOT ‘SHIP’ OR ‘ENLIST’ ANY FOREIGN NATIONAL’S (ALL I-551 CARD HOLDERS) UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE,” reads an email sent to ...

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REPORT: North Korean Hackers Steal US War Plans

The BBC reports: Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country’s defence ministry. The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South ...

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Trump Proposes Massive Military Parade

The New York Daily News reports: President Trump now wants to hold military parades in the United States — because he saw the French doing it. Trump on Monday said the Bastille Day military parades in France have inspired him to consider a similar extravaganza in Washington, D.C. for Independence Day. “It was one of the greatest parades I’ve ever ...

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