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Does Bradley Manning Have Rights?

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

A few days ago, I argued about whether Manning has the right to due process and the right not to be tortured. I believe he has rights, the other contributors disagreed. Captain David Price, a viewer and a retired JAG corps member, wrote in to clarify.

Chatting With Joe Manchin on DADT

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Manchin said that DADT was complicated for him and said "there were a lot of military in my state." What the senator needs to know is that the notion that military families are medieval on this subject is wrong.

Christian Support For Repealing DADT Is A Double-Edged Sword

Rose Marie Berger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rose Marie Berger

I can support equal rights for gays in the military, but there's the bigger question: As a Christian should I be supporting military participation at all?

All Kids Deserve to DREAM

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

A vote for the DREAM Act is a vote for children -- a vote to provide each and every child in America with the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

The New York Times, Danish Cartoons v. WikiLeaks

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Frank Schaeffer

Maybe the Times and other respectable news outlets are right to publish the WikiLeaks. But their claim that they are only doing so because of the public's "right to know" rings hollow.

On Gay Bullying and DADT: Cindy McCain vs. John McCain

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I can't help wondering whether Cindy McCain misses her straight-talking husband as much as I do -- a McCain that is going to be relevant to our future, not one we have to be ashamed of because he "delayed" the normalization of gay rights.

Caring Strangers Give Soldiers A Final Farewell

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Veterans Day serves as a national day of remembrance and appreciation of those who have dedicated their livelihoods -- and sometimes their lives -- to...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Must End

Gary Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Johnson

A Federal Judge has done the right thing to order an immediate end to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' The government needs to let that ruling stand, and move on.

Obama's Iraq Speech: Ditch "Mission Accomplished" for "Shared Sacrifice"

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Instead of "Mission Accomplished," President Obama should do what was not done when the war began -- call upon all Americans to join in "Shared Sacrifice."

Mark Kirk's Comments On Military Service Questioned AGAIN: No Proof Plane Was Fired At In Iraq

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Archived video of Rep. Mark Kirk surfaced Wednesday showing the Illinois Senate hopeful claiming that he was shot at while flying aboard an aircraft i...

Joseph DuPar, Calumet Park Mayor, May Have Lied About Military Medals

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A former political opponent is calling on the mayor of Calumet Park to step down. That's because Mayor Joseph DuPar may have made false claims about ...

Richard Blumenthal Apologizes For Statements About Vietnam War Service

AP | SUSAN HAIGH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. — Criticized for saying he "regrets" misstatements he made about his military service during the Vietnam War, Connecticut Senate...

Obama's West Point Speech Shows Signs of Smart "National Security Strategy"

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

The president's actual foreign policy strategy must be more than about Afghanistan. Commending allies that support US efforts in Afghanistan is not necessarily the makings of a new global commons.

Friday Talking Points [124] -- How's That Libertarian Thingie Workin' Out For Ya?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We certainly have a lot of ground to cover this week, so let's dig right in. I'd like to start with a declaration, though: Bristol Palin is now fair g...

Blumenthal's Vietnam Service Controversy Splits Connecticut Democrats

The Hill | Jared Allen and J. Taylor Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Connecticut Democrats on Tuesday began considering replacing state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) on the ballot for the U.S. Senate, even as ...

A Twitter Tribute to Service On This Memorial Day

Tom Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Morris

I was invited to help the people in my Twitter stream appreciate and honor the spirit of this Memorial Day by commenting briefly on the concept of service.

Non Sequitur

Norman Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Horowitz

I am a "non sequitor" specialist. I do infer improper conclusions that do not logically follow the premise of whatever. That great American Rush Li...

Sail On Sailor: A Final Lesson Learned at My Father's Funeral

David Wild | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Wild

Unlike my father, I never served my country, and I pray my sons never have to fight any war, but even on his funeral day, my father reminded me about the meaning of service and the need to respect it.

Lawrence Wilkerson's Lessons of War and Truth

Nick Turse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

Lawrence B. Wilkerson has spent 31 years as a soldier in the US Army, including military service in Vietnam. He played a role in the death of a Vietnamese girl and came to disclose that.

Go Out and Use Your Voice!

Joss Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joss Stone

Have a say! You each individually have a mind and a mouth that finally you have a right to use. This vote is your only weapon, so go ahead and use it .

Defending Wes Clark

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

As a retired military officer and a soldier, I can tell you that there's nothing in what Wes Clark said about McCain with which I disagree. He has not only stated the facts, he knows something about them.