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Pentagon 'Mentor' Overhaul: Retired Officers Must Disclose Business Ties

USA Today | Tom Vanden Brook and Ken Dilanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday ordered an overhaul of the Pentagon's use of retired senior officers to advise the military, ...

Mike Mullen On DADT Repeal: Joint Chief Chairman Critical Of Gay Ban Vote

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday he would have preferred that Congress had waited before voting to repeal the ...

A Bomber Jacket Doesn't Cover the Blood

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

During his first presidential trip to Afghanistan, Obama stood before thousands of American troops to proclaim the sanctity of the war effort. He played the role deftly, while wearing a bomber jacket.

Friday Talking Points [125] -- Ask! Tell!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our headline today quite obviously references the legislative progress this week on banning the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (of not allo...

Senate Armed Services Committee Votes To Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Ban On Openly Gay Soldiers

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday delivered a victory to President Barack Obama and gay rights groups by approving a proposal to repeal the law...

Gates, Congress, and Obama: Mutually Assured Debacle

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

A historic opportunity to tame a voracious source of our horrific federal debt is being squandered by short sighted games played by this administration, some of them abysmally selfish.

DADT Repeal Vote: Congress To Vote On Military Gay Ban

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: The House has passed an amendment to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The amendment, tied to a defense bill, passed with 234 yeas and 194 nays....

New Journalism: Page Views Dictate Content Which Means More Lady Gaga Stories!

Harmon Leon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harmon Leon

New Journalism is still in a Wild West transitional stage. With the collapse of the publishing industry the rules have yet to be defined--and so far...

President Obama Says "Let's Go," Special Interests Conjure Up New Distortions to Say No

Sen. John Kerry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. John Kerry

On the biggest issue we can deal with in this Congress, President Obama just weighed in big-time, pounding the bully pulpit to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation. But, ahh, Washington.

Marine Corps General James Conway: Marines Would Not Be 'Forced' To Live With Gay Soldiers

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps' commandant said he won't force his troops to bunk with gays on base and would give them separate rooms if Congres...

The Pentagon's 26-PAGE Brownie Recipe: See Why (IMAGES)

Huffington Post | Heeseung Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Pentagon's updated recipe for war-ready brownies, to be consumed by the military, has been baffling bloggers. The recipe and all the details are p...

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy To Be Weakened By Gates In Step Towards Full Repeal

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon made it harder to boot gays out of the military Thursday, acting on its own while Congress considers President Barack ...

Ask Rand Paul What He Would Cut

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The question is: "What, exactly, in the federal budget will you cut to attack the deficit?" Because the answers to that are going to be the most effective argument to make against the Tea Party movement's surge.

NESA's David Barno, Former Top US Afghan Commander, Investigated For Mismanagement At Research Center

The Cable | Josh Rogin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, the former top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, has been under investigation for over a year amid allegations he ...

Could the Gulf Oil Spill Be a Game-Changer?

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Could the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico be a game-changer for President Barack Obama? Could he unleash a whole new set of environmentally sound, green policies that would demand sustainability?

The Secret Pentagon Spy Ring

The Atlantic | Marc Ambinder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Michael Furlong, the long-time Defense Department official who set up and ran network of private intelligence collectors for the military, is being hu...

Putting the Pentagon on a Budget

Christopher Hellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Hellman

After a decade and a half of unparalleled budget growth, top Defense Department officials are finally talking about the possible end of their spending spree. And they're not alone.

Military Still Fumbling Humanitarian Projects

Dan Madden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Madden

The U.S. military has been conducting development-like activities in Africa regularly since 2002 -- and we're still building white elephants.

The F Word: All The News That's Fit To Print?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

A top general appears in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee and what does he say? Well, it depends what you read, doesn't it? Read the New ...

We Fought the War and the War Won: Will We Let It Win Again?

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

It was seven years ago that I found myself running the wrong way up Sixth Avenue with my high school sweetheart. Through the rain we ran, with peace on our lips. New York's Finest were running after us, as they had a way of doing with pesky antiwar protesters.

International Media Mis-Adventures: The Pentagon's Private and Secret Spy Ring

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

Two months ago, author and adventurer Robert Young Pelton says, things started to get really scary in one of the world's truly most dangerous places -- the environs of Washington, D.C.

Shahien Nasiripour

Brownback Defends Predatory Lenders In Misleading Letter To Pentagon | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In his attempt to protect the right of predatory lenders to fleece America's troops and their families, Republican Senator Sam Brownback wrote a lette...

Private Spies: DOD Investigating Use Of Contractors To Track, Kill Militants

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A Defense Department official is under investigation for allegedly hiring private contractors to gather intelligence on suspected i...

Pentagon Gun Was From Tennessee Police

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Two guns used in high-profile shootings this year at the Pentagon and a Las Vegas courthouse both came from the same unlikely place...

More "Special Loopholes"? The Pentagon Versus the Car Dealers

Gary Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Rivlin

As early as Thursday, the Senate will consider an amendment by Sam Brownback of Kansas that would exempt auto dealers from a proposed new consumer financial protection bureau.