Pentagon push to extend benefits to same-sex couples stirs debate

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has directed Pentagon personnel to immediately begin efforts to extend certain benefits to same-sex domestic partners of military members. But the move has sparked a heated debate, with critics arguing the policy gives special treatment to one class and winds up discriminating against others.

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Illegal immigrant kids exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, report saysComments Off

Unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases have given or exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.

Krauthammer: Obama’s criticism of House immigration bill ‘ridiculous’Comments Off

Krauthammer suggested that the best course for both houses would be to pursue a combination of amnesty and enforcement.

Ex-CIA lawyer defends interrogation program, as Obama says looming report will detail tortureComments Off

A senior CIA lawyer who was intimately involved in the agency’s “enhanced” interrogation program defended the controversial practices in an interview with Fox News and likened a Senate Democrat-led investigation to a kangaroo court bent on condemning the Bush-era practices.  

Army to force out 550 majors; some to get news while in AfghanistanComments Off

Some of those soldiers will get the bad news while they are on the front lines in Afghanistan.

Riding the rails: Millions at stake for Detroit’s taxpayer-backed transit experimentComments Off

There’s a lot riding on Detroit’s new transit system. After seven years of planning, work on the ambitious $140 million light rail project started this week amid charges that it already is an antiquated and ‘expensive boondoggle’ that fails to benefit the city’s low-income residents.

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