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Friday Talking Points -- Giggles the Pig For Mayor!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When it comes to the 2016 field of Republican presidential candidates, the rule of thumb this time around is obviously going to be "the more, the merrier!" The number of officially-announced Republican candidates actually doubled this week.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

Don't Claim to Support the Troops If You Agree With Obama Sending 3,100 Soldiers to Iraq

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

There are numerous reasons why Obama's recent troop increase is not only ill-advised, but greatly disparages the phrase "Support the Troops" only days before Veterans Day.

From Veteran's Day to National Service Day

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Just cutting the defense budget and rebalancing to the Reserves will go only so far to make us stronger, more secure, and most of all freer. Institutionalizing national service and sacrifice will help restore enduring national strengths.

To Truly Honor Our Veterans, Let's Start With Stable Homes

Terri Ludwig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

Studies have shown that permanent supportive housing is the most cost-effective way to keep disabled veterans off the streets by helping them find the specific services they need.

Remember When "I Support the Troops" Was Part of Our Political Discourse?

Byron Williams | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Byron Williams

Now that America's longest war is scheduled to conclude by 2014, shouldn't a second GI Bill specific to the 21s-century soldier be under consideration?

WATCH: Your Turn: Veterans

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

I'm glad that everywhere you go these days, you can find signs that say "God Bless Our Troops". Veterans sacrifice so much to protect our freedom. How...

Troops Out, Now What?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 05.29.2012 | College
American Anthropological Association

Militarism in the U.S. seems to have a gravitational force pulling a wide array of resources and sectors into its orbit. Our involvement with Iraq serves as a case study for how deeply rooted militarism is in American culture and political life.

Friday Talking Points -- I Am A 99 Percenter

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Occupy Wall Street protest continues. So far, its staying power has surprised and enthused a large swath of America, and surprised and bemused mu...

Friday Talking Points -- Class Warfare? Hardly.

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As was entirely predictable, once Obama stood up for taxing the rich folk a wee bit more, the Republicans fired back with what they think is the biggest weapon in their arsenal: screaming "Class warfare!"

The Koepenick Syndrome: Is the United States the New Prussia?

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Military leaders have long held a Prussian-like prestige in the United States.

Who Supports the U.S. Soldier?

Gabriel Ledeen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel Ledeen

"Supporting" the soldier necessarily means sharing his desire for victory. From this perspective, there is an inherent contradiction in claiming to "support" the soldier while taking actions that undercut his efforts.

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden To Launch Campaign For Military Families

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says a new campaign she's launching on behalf of U.S. troops and their families will encourage the public to step up...

State Of The Union 2011: Turning Ideas Into Action In Your Community

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In his annual State of the Union address, President Obama addressed a nation struggling out of a crippling economic recession, facing divisive policy ...

WATCH: Mother Of Killed Soldier Sends Thousands Of Care Packages To Troops

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Just 11 days after she lost her son in Iraq, Dorine Kenney began sending care packages to soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nine years late...

Nonprofits Struggle To Find Postage To Send Soldiers Care Packages

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As the holidays are quickly approaching, USA Today reports several nonprofits across the country are busy assembling packages to send to troops deploy...

Soldier Reunites With Pen Pal 'Granny Dot' 18 Years Later

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For 12 years, an Indiana woman known as "Granny Dot" wrote encouraging letters to soldiers serving abroad. Fearing that some soldiers may not be recei...

Colbert To Honor Troops Returning From Iraq

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert is dusting off his camouflage suit. The comedian will broadcast two special episodes of Comedy Central's "The Colber...

Michael Deihl, Acclaimed Chef, Makes A Difference For The Troops Through Food

HuffPost | Erica Liepmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Mention the United Service Organizations -- almost universally known as the USO -- to most Americans, and the first thing you'll likely hear is "Bob H...

This Memorial Day, Honoring My AnySoldier

Meredith Lopez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith Lopez

For the first time in my life, this Memorial Day means something personal to me. This year I need to take a moment to remember a soldier, a specific soldier, who was killed in Iraq last month.

Volunteer Army Builds Home For Chicago Veteran

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

An Iraq War veteran who lost his legs in an explosion is getting a custom-built, wheelchair accessible house for free, thanks to the Taunton, Mass. ch...

The Constructive Effects of Public Exposure

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

After the practice was publicly identified in recent debates, the Congressional Armed Services Committees seem to have reduced one of their own more obnoxious, anti-defense, pro-pork activities.

Support Our Troops: Combat Climate Change

Charles London | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Charles London

Displaced, vulnerable populations are a breeding ground for extremism and contribute to the instability and failure of states. Now, U.S generals say climate change acts as a "threat multiplier."

White House Responsible For Prisoner Abuse, Not Soldiers, Senate Report Finds

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The physical and mental abuse of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was the direct result of Bush administrat...

Veteran Report Card 2008: Who in Washington Really Support Our Troops and Vets? We'll Tell You

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Every politician in America wants you to believe they "support the troops." But actions speak louder than words.