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  • VA outlines scope of cuts to veterans

    10/09/2013 11:19:06 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-9-13 | Seth McLaughlin
    The Veterans Affairs Department has been able to maintain most operations amid the government shutdown, but Secretary Eric K. Shinseki warned Congress on Wednesday that it will soon have to halt payments to more than five million beneficiaries. Mr. Shinseki said that by next month he will likely run out of money to cover disability and pension payments to veterans and surviving spouse, and will also have to halt GI Bill payments for education expenses. “Before the end of the month, the mandatory account will not support payments in November — even though I will have checks lined up to...
  • UN chief outlines Hariri tribunal

    09/05/2007 7:51:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 244+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/5/07 | Justin Bergman - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report released Wednesday that he hopes to appoint judges to the international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri by the end of the year. In the report to the Security Council, Ban said the tribunal would not be established until the U.N. had an estimated $35 million to fund its operations through the first year, as well as an additional $85 million in pledges to pay for the following two years. The Security Council approved a resolution in May to establish the tribunal...
  • Top DoD Budget Official Outlines War on Terror Costs

    02/06/2007 4:43:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 186+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2007 – The war on terrorism has cost $545 billion to date, the department’s top budget official said today. Pentagon Comptroller Tina Jonas told reporters in the Pentagon that Congress has appropriated $452 billion for the war on terrorism via emergency supplemental budget measures. Another $3 billion has been appropriated for Operation Noble Eagle, the mission providing a combat air patrol over the continental United States and security at airports that started after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, she said. The comptroller said DoD is asking for another $93.4 billion as part of the...
  • Gen. Casey Outlines Iraq Situation in News Conference

    10/12/2006 4:41:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 432+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2006 – Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld briefed media in the Pentagon yesterday. Following is Casey’s opening statement: “It's been about three and a half months, I think, since I've been back here, and I just wanted to give you an update of where I see us in the mission here and then take your questions. “I think it's no surprise to anyone that the situation in Iraq remains difficult and complex. “What makes for that difficulty, complexity, a couple of things. One, since the elections...
  • Campaigning for Burns, Frist outlines agenda

    08/29/2006 10:03:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 357+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | 8/29/06 | Jim Gransbery and Diane Cochran
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., seemed to enjoy usurping courtesies by stepping forward to introduce Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., at a press conference Monday. "I'm the leader," Frist said to Burns as Burns was about to introduce the GOP's point man in the Senate. Frist's leadership skills will be tested during September as he has an ambitious agenda for legislation before Congress goes home at the beginning of October to campaign for the midterm elections Nov. 7. Frist said he hopes to get through conference committees and on to President Bush bills dealing with port security, the congressional response...
  • Pace Outlines Progress in Afghanistan

    07/29/2006 11:09:58 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 181+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, July 29, 2006 – The top U.S. general yesterday told the Afghan people they have made huge strides and that Afghan forces are now helping protect the country. In a news conference here, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke on several issues affecting Afghanistan. “Last night I had the privilege of having dinner with General Bismullah Khan (chief of the general staff of the Afghan National Army) and with several of his staff and several of the deputy ministers of the Ministry of Defense,” he said. “I found that setting to be...
  • Report Outlines Charges Against 'Pendleton 8' - Defense Attorneys Question Witnesses' Credibility

    06/28/2006 9:00:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 583+ views
    CAMP PENDLETON -- Attorneys for the so-called "Pendleton Eight" are getting their first look at the government's evidence against their clients. A 250-page Pentagon report shows maps, diagrams, photos, and statements about an alleged incident in Hamdania, Iraq, in which military investigators say seven Marines and a sailor took an Iraqi civilian from his home, shot him and then tried to cover it up. Tuesday, the attorneys questioned the credibility of the Iraqi accusers, asking why it took the victim's family four days to report the death. Attorneys also said confessions were coerced, and that military members were not given...
  • Nagin Outlines N.O. Evacuation Plan - "There will be no shelter of last resort,"

    05/02/2006 10:43:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 977+ views
    AP on TriCities.com ^ | 5/2/06 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Ray Nagin unveiled a new evacuation strategy for New Orleans on Tuesday that relies more on buses and trains and eliminates the Superdome and Convention Center as shelters. "There will be no shelter of last resort," Nagin declared. The mayor, facing a runoff election May 20, has been widely criticized for failing to get the city's most vulnerable residents out of town as Hurricane Katrina approached. The Superdome and Morial Convention Center became a scene of misery for days after the Aug. 29 hurricane as thousands of evacuees, many of them ill or elderly, languished with...
  • Official Outlines Voting Guidelines for Overseas Citizens

    01/26/2006 5:28:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 203+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 26, 2006 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2006 – U.S. servicemembers and federal employees stationed overseas need to act quickly to request absentee ballots for this year's primary and general elections, a Defense Department official said here yesterday. This year, U.S. citizens will elect 34 senators, the entire House of Representatives, 37 state governors, and hundreds of state and local officials. Primaries begin in March, and the general election is Nov. 7. To participate in their home states' elections, servicemembers and overseas citizens need to complete a Federal Post Card Application requesting an absentee ballot, said Scott Wiedmann, deputy director of the Federal Voting...
  • Bush Outlines Three-Point Iraq Success Plan for 2006

    01/10/2006 5:22:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 190+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 10, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2006 – U.S. efforts to help Iraqis set up an enduring democratic government will key on three critical areas this year, President Bush said here today. "History has shown that free nations are peaceful nations," Bush said in remarks to members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "And by helping Iraqis build a lasting democracy, we spread the hope of liberty across a troubled region." The United States will focus on political, security and economic elements, Bush said, to further assist Iraqis to establish democracy in their country. "On the political side, we will help Iraqis consolidate...
  • UN 2-fer/ Annan outlines global conflicts;angered at media|Annan to Focus on Poverty for Final Year

    12/21/2005 4:06:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 698+ views
    Reuters and AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/21/05 | Reuters / AP
    Evelyn Leopold http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/un_annan_dc;_ylt=Ak8uJ3VvSPKytd39jkRAoTys0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ-- UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Terrorism and conflicts across the Middle East will be major global issues in 2006, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said at a year-end news conference on Wednesday and he also lashed out at the media for its coverage of the oil-for-food program. Annan said he faced getting tough management reform proposals through the U.N. General Assembly and trying to solve the ongoing conflict in Sudan's Darfur region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But he said he expected terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and the Middle East -- the slayings in Lebanon, the...
  • National Security Adviser Outlines Progress in Iraq

    12/04/2005 2:48:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 313+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 4, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2005 – The U.S. is already on the road to complete victory in Iraq, the president's national security adviser told Sunday talk show hosts today. "We do have a strategy and we think we're making progress" on the president's National Strategy for Victory in Iraq, Stephen Hadley said on "Fox News Sunday." He added that "this is a difficult thing that's being done." Hadley said the subtitle of the strategy, unveiled Nov. 30, defined what the Bush administration considers a complete victory: "Helping the Iraqi People Defeat the Terrorists and Build an Inclusive Democratic State." Hadley said...
  • General Outlines Iraqi Security Forces' Progress

    11/07/2005 4:46:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 174+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 7, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2005 – Iraq's security forces are in the fight defending their country and are increasingly taking the lead in operations, the U.S. military commander who oversaw Iraqi training for more than a year said here today. Significant progress has been made in training and equipping Iraqi forces over the last year, and many programs are in place to assist the development of a substantial military institution, said Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, former commander of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq. "To defeat an insurgency requires more than just individual police," Petraeus said at the Center for Strategic...
  • Rice Outlines Iraq Victory Strategy On Capitol Hill

    10/19/2005 6:15:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 307+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 19,2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2005 – The coming year should witness more Iraqi security forces taking on insurgents and securing territory as a lasting democratic system is established, the senior U.S. diplomat told a Senate panel here today. The key to victory over the insurgency in Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Senate Committee on Foreign Relations members, is to "clear areas from insurgent control, hold them securely, and build durable, national Iraqi institutions." American servicemen and women are fighting in Iraq "at a pivotal time in world history," Rice said. Efforts to defeat the insurgents "must succeed," she said,...
  • Bush Outlines Strategy for Victory in Terror War

    10/06/2005 4:38:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 429+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 6, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2005 – President Bush today outlined the comprehensive strategy he said is showing progress in the global war on terror and will ultimately lead to victory over extremism. "We didn't ask for this global struggle, but we're answering history's call with confidence and a comprehensive strategy," the president said here during a keynote address to the National Endowment for Democracy. This strategy, he said, involves: Preventing terrorist attacks before they occur. This involves improving homeland defense and intelligence efforts and working with other governments "to destroy the terrorist networks and incapacitate their leaders," the president said. Denying...
  • Mars Master Plan: NASA Outlines New Approach

    05/20/2005 8:41:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 953+ views
    Space.com ^ | 5/20/05 | Leaonard Davis
    As the Spirit and Opportunity rovers continue their extended studies of Mars, NASA's Mars program appears headed for change. The shift will be driven by a variety of factors including technical and budget issues, as well as a "rebalancing" of science objectives. NASA has been engaged since last year in what the agency calls a road-mapping effort to flesh out the details of a Mars master plan that would lead to an expeditionary crew landing on that remote world. One scenario that has been under active discussion is slipping the mission of the mobile, nuclear-powered Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) from...
  • Security Report Outlines Terror Scenarios

    03/15/2005 9:23:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 375+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/15/05 | Lara Jakes Jordan - AP
    WASHINGTON - An upcoming Homeland Security Department report outlines a dozen frightening if hypothetical scenarios such as a terrorist nuclear attack or spreading plague in airport bathrooms to spur state and local preparedness against security risks. Over the last year, the department has drafted its National Planning Scenarios plan that poses the possibility of credible and destructive attacks — including by nerve gas, anthrax, pneumonic plague and truck bomb. The currently confidential report, requested by a presidential directive in December 2003, will be made public in upcoming months, Homeland Security spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said Tuesday. Homeland Security "has developed a...
  • Schwarzenegger aide outlines California clean-fuel strategy

    12/02/2004 7:13:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 389+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/2/04 | Tim Molloy - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A top aide to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger described the administration's plans to reduce California's oil dependence, calling Thursday for more conservation, fuel-efficient vehicles, and hydrogen power. Terry Tamminen, the governor's newly appointed Cabinet secretary, delivered the speech by videotape at a conference on transportation. It was sponsored by Calstart, a consortium of government agencies and private companies, including automakers. Tamminen said drivers should try to conserve fuel in the near-term, with the midterm goal of buying more fuel-efficient cars and the long-term goal of finding cleaner fuels than petroleum, including hydrogen. "Proper tire inflation, using your...
  • Kerry Outlines Foreign Policy, Attacking Bush

    05/27/2004 8:14:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 151+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/28/04 | Robin Toner and David E. Sanger - NYT
    SEATTLE, May 27 - Senator John Kerry mounted a broad new attack on the Bush administration's handling of national security on Thursday by accusing the president of undermining "the legacy of generations of American leadership" with a foreign policy that has abandoned the alliance-building of the post-World War II era. Opening a two-week critique of administration foreign policy, Mr. Kerry sought to present a clear alternative to Mr. Bush's approach to Iraq and the war on terrorism, while pursuing the same central goal: destroying Al Qaeda and its allies. "Let there be no doubt," he warned the terrorist group, "this...
  • CA: Bustamante outlines state budget plans

    08/19/2003 2:09:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 219+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/19/03 | John Hill
    <p>Bustamante would exempt the first $20,000 of the vehicle's value from the recent tripling of the fee. Davis said the increase was triggered by the state's fiscal woes, but it is being challenged in court and possibly with a ballot initiative.</p>