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Trump declares himself 'presumptive nominee' after Northeast sweep
Donald Trump steamrolled the GOP field and swept all five Northeast
primaries Tuesday night, putting even more distance between himself and
his competitors for the party’s presidential nomination as he tries to
win enough delegates to avoid a divisive convention fight.
Networks called races in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Connecticut just
after polls closed, citing exit polling that showed Mr. Trump with
insurmountable leads among primary voters. Networks also called Rhode
Island and Delaware for Mr. Trump around 8:30, citing early returns.
Gingrich tells GOP establishment: 'Get over it'
Speaker Newt Gingrich says that Donald Trump's five big wins Tuesday
night mean the only thing left for establishment Republicans to do is
to "get over it" and accept that Trump will be the GOP nominee.
"You see the
momentum building here," Gingrich said on Fox News Tuesday night. "I
think it'd be very, very hard, virtually impossible, to stop him from
winning the nomination at this point."
Adm. McRaven decries Senate's meddling with Navy SEALs
Alleges fellow sailor was punished for hostility to whistelblowers
former top special operations officer has taken on the leadership of
the Senate Armed Services Committee in defense of a fellow Navy SEAL.
William McRaven, who headed U.S. Special Operations Command, penned a
biting op-ed this week in The Tampa Tribune. Though he mentioned no
politician by name, his target was clearly Senate Armed Services
Committee Chairman John McCain, Arizona Republican and an ex-Navy
fighter pilot, and Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the panel’s top
Democrat and a West Point graduate.
They worked in
tandem to stop the promotion of Adm. McRaven’s battle mate, Rear Adm.
Brian Losey, currently the top SEAL as commander of Naval Special
Warfare Command in San Diego.
Obama administration fails to screen Syrian refugees' social media accounts
administration isn’t vetting the social media profiles of all Syrian
refugees despite promises made last year after the San Bernardino
terrorist attack, which exposed holes in the U.S. immigration screening
refugee screening spurred Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, on
Tuesday to cancel his state’s cooperation with federal authorities
trying to resettle Syrians.
White House slams proposal to downsize national security council
The White House
hit back Tuesday at a House Republican proposal to limit the size of
the White House national security council to gain leverage in disputes
with the president over military policy.
press secretary Josh Earnest said the suggestion floated by House Armed
Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, Texas Republican, is hypocritical. He
said Congress “doesn’t seem like they’re at all prepared to pass a
budget for our military this year” and has refused for two years to
consider an authorization of military force against the Islamic State
Ex-Speaker Hastert to find out if he will face prison
Dennis Hastert will learn on Wednesday whether his stunning fall from
grace will also include prison time for bank fraud that he committed as
part of an effort to cover up an accusation of sexually abusing a
was the longest serving GOP speaker in history, pleaded guilty in
October to one count of making illegally structured withdrawals to
avoid triggering banking laws that would have required his banks to
report the transactions.
have asked U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin to sentence Hastert to up
to six months in federal prison for the charge.
How 2016 Democratic race compares to 2008
insists he will stay in the presidential race, in spite of the odds
against him. He wants to stick around long enough to have an impact on
the party's platform.
Democratic primary race is echoing 2008, when Clinton was the Democrat
who wouldn't drop out. Many Clinton supporters at this point eight
years ago also said they couldn't image getting behind her opponent,
then Senator Barack Obama, and there were real concerns about party
unity then, too.
happened next created a template Democrats could follow this time, even
though there are some roadblocks that didn't exist in 2008, reports CBS
News correspondent Nancy Cordes.
Brexit Shadow Hides Deeper Cracks in U.K. Economic Firmament
Britain’s vote on its future in the European Union is diverting attention from deeper economic problems.
As the country
thrashes about in an identity crisis, risking a schism with its main
trading partner, growth is losing momentum and continues to be
lop-sided. Services, the engine of the economy’s recovery, expanded at
the weakest pace in almost a year in the first quarter, while
industrial production extended its decline.
underscores the fragility of the economy at a time when the Bank of
England is warning uncertainty stemming from the June 23 referendum may
already be having an effect. Added to that, some of the nation’s
biggest companies are in crisis, with two retailing stalwarts
appointing administrators in the past week and Tata Steel’s move to
sell its U.K. business raising questions about the future of British
FBI Chief Urged to Keep Apple in Dark on How iPhone Was Hacked
have recommended against conducting a review to determine whether the
vulnerability that was used to hack into a dead terrorist’s iPhone
should be disclosed to Apple Inc., according to a person familiar with
recommendation has been submitted to FBI Director James Comey for a
final decision, after which it will be conveyed to the White House,
said the person, who asked not to be identified before Comey acts.
The Mr. Rogers Doctrine
Obama wants Saudi Arabia and Iran to ‘share the neighborhood’
last week visited Saudi Arabia, an unusual nation with which the United
States has had a relationship that can be accurately characterized as
both strategic and strange — and one that is now severely strained. To
understand how we got to this juncture requires at least a smattering
of modern history.
It’s polite to
say that Ibn Saud, in the first third of the 20th century, united most
of the tribes living on the Arabian Peninsula. It’s more accurate to
say he defeated those tribes, conquering their lands, along with a
source of enormous future wealth that lay under some of them.
Lead, follow or get out of the way
The president shows no intention of defeating the Islamic State
attacks in Paris of just five months ago brought to the fore the
following question: Is it going to take the equivalent of the Paris
bombings here before President Obama takes decisive action against the
Islamic State? After the attacks in Brussels, the question is now more
relevant. The president has yet to act decisively against the Islamic
State. Why? We know where it is headquartered, we know where the
centers of gravity are located that allow its continuance of terror,
and we know more can be done to halt the Islamic State’s evil.
There have been
some positive actions, but they are undercut by an obsession with
avoiding “collateral damage.” A January attack on an Islamic State bank
demonstrates the case. The outcome could have been much more effective
if the organization’s entire banking enterprise was hit simultaneously.
Many lucrative financial sites were targetable — but they were not hit
due to unwarranted concerns about the possibility of unintentional
civilian casualties. America’s enemies today are exploiting our
paralyzing and excessive restraint to spread their terror. What can be
done to reverse the tepid U.S. approach currently in place?
Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving
Armed Services of the United States.
to its recipient by the President of the
United States of America in the name of Congress.
first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to
JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made
September 15, 2011
to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
then there have been: •
3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
VERSACE, HUMBERT R.
Organization: U.S. Army
Date of Issue: 07/08/2002
Captain Humbert R. Versace
distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29
October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor,
Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of
Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol
engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province,
Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar,
automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly
and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted
capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure
of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he
exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered
into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his
fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation
and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to
escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his
wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.
During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated
prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time,
and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break
his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United
States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was
executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's
gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding
courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon
himself and the United States Army.
From the Archives
American Fairness to a Fault — a Deadly One
Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 02:28 PM
American’s tragic flaw is our unbridled fairness, which has been
corrupted ever more by the cancer of political correctness to the point
we put ourselves at risk rather than create even the perception of
Sometime after the VOLAR (all volunteer) Army, the military veered from
the “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full” blind adherence to all orders to
the concept of refusing “unlawful orders” and that was ostensibly a
However, the uniformed services do not set or get to pick and choose
foreign policy. The civilian leadership sets foreign policy, and the
U.S. military enforces it — with a big, honking combined arms stick.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has been one of the rare pundits with the
courage to target the “culture of political correctness” in leadership
of the military. In at least two interviews on Fox, Peters (correctly)
blamed the culture of political correctness for the Army’s diffidence in
taking action against Nidal Malik Hasan in the wake of knowledge of the
Many mechanisms exist for dealing with matters of deep conscience — all
without killing those one might think disagree with in principle.
However, it is not prejudice to discriminate based on threat facts in
evidence. Refusal to act judiciously for fear of a tainted perception is
just plain dumb.
Notwithstanding the articulated fears of the Army chief of staff and the
secretary of Homeland Security, officials made an epic mistake in
handling suspicions about Hasan. A mistake founded on political
correctness and sustained by diffidence that cost the lives of
Reportedly, U.S. intelligence agencies were aware (months ago) that
Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with
al-Qaida. He spoke openly to too many people about his angst and
misdirected sympathies. He was apparently a poster child for suspicion,
and the Army failed bigtime to intervene.
“It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army
that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al-Qaida
figures," the officials said.
But you damnbetcha they SHOULD have done so.
Investigators want to know whether Hasan maintained contact with a
radical mosque leader from Virginia, Anwar al Awlaki, who now lives in
Yemen and runs a Web site that promotes jihad around the world against
the United States.
In a recent blog posting titled "Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing,"
Awlaki calls Hasan a "hero" and a "man of conscience who could not bear
living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that
is fighting against his own people."
Increasingly we are told people who knew or worked with Hasan say he
seemed to become gradually more radical in his condemnation of the war
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Subordinates and superiors had a responsibility
to flag the inappropriate rhetoric, and they apparently did not.
The fear to speak out is a symptom of the PC disease fueled by
recriminations and implied threats of discrimination — a fear that
indirectly resulted in mayhem.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman said, "If Hasan was showing signs, saying to
people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to
have a zero tolerance," and despite the echo of shutting the barn door
after the horse got out, he is right.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. is concerned that speculation
about the religious beliefs of Hasan could “cause a backlash against
some of our Muslim soldiers.” He’s right, but such a backlash would be a
direct result of the failure of command — not prejudice.
When confronted about whether he thought the Army “dropped the ball” in
not responding to warning signs, Casey replied that the Army needs to be
careful not to jump to conclusions based on early tidbits of
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., both of whom
are veterans, took pains to say that Muslims have served honorably in
the military and at risk to their lives.
“At the end of the day, this is not about his religion — the fact that
this man was a Muslim,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
But, hey, it is (kinda/sorta) about religion (when the FBI says 10
percent of American Mosques preach jihad) — at least from a risk