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It's Time to Say Thanks to Our Military Personnel and Veterans by Offering Insurance Coverage for Assisted Reproductive Technology

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

As a former member of the U.S. Air Force, I have deep admiration for our military. However, serving our country is a tremendous sacrifice -- one that should not come with the cost of military members not being able to raise a family of their own.

Post-Paris Politics: Countering and (Maybe) Defeating ISIS

William Bradley | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

More than a week of cacophonous media and political gabble after the shocking Isis attacks on Paris make it clear that US presidential campaigns are no place to look for answers on this shocking and complex episode of new world chaos.

Saying "Thank You For Your Service" Is Not Enough

Pavan V. Parikh | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Pavan V. Parikh

Like your high school English teacher probably told you, it is important to show and not just tell a story. Servicemen and women are people of action. So, if you really want to show your appreciation for their service, don't just thank them, do something.

Spectacular Glowing Sight In The California Sky Causes Major Stir

AP | Adam Goldberg | Posted 11.08.2015 | Weird News

Missile launch over San Francisco from Justin Majeczky on Vimeo. LOS ANGELES (AP) — A bright, colorful light that streaked across the Ca...

Leadership Lessons From a Badass Leader

Bill Treasurer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
Bill Treasurer

Havlik isn't some well-manicured leadership author. He's a rough-and-tumble guy who has actually led... often in do-or-die situations. He's got a bullet hole in his right forearm. Like I said, badass.

Wreckage Of Cargo Ship Lost During Hurricane Joaquin Believed To Be Found

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — A search team using sophisticated sonar has found the wreckage of a vessel believed to be the cargo ship El Faro, whic...

Obama Gets It Right in the South China Sea

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama sent the Navy in harm's way this week and it turned out fine. Having gotten what it's going to get, at least for now, from China, the Obama administration at last challenged China's absurd claim of sovereignty over far distant artificial islands it's built in the South China Sea.

Obama's China Syndrome

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama's China syndrome is that he seeks both to engage China and to contain China. Both are appropriate and arguably quite necessary goals for American statecraft. But they presuppose a state of creative tension between the established superpower and would-be superpower.

A Breakthrough Agreement on Sonar Safeguards for Whales and Our Oceans

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.17.2015 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Since 1994, the NRDC has prosecuted a series of federal lawsuits to persuade the Navy to adopt -- and its federal regulator the National Marine Fisheries Service to require -- common sense safeguards for the protection of whales and other marine life from unnecessary harm.

Why Hoopla Is Unlikely for the 50th of SEALAB II

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Ben Hellwarth

Fifty years ago, some historic stuff was happening off the coast of Southern California during a sea-floor mission that was like a corollary to the moon landing, with its own brand of small steps for man and giant leaps for mankind.

Another Day, Another Shooting

Shawn VanDiver | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Shawn VanDiver

It's time to be reasonable. It's time to respect each others' lives as much as we respect each others' rights. It's time to require training and screening for all firearms.

Trump Finally Performs A Public Service (And Poses A Hard Question for Republicans)

William Bradley | Posted 07.19.2015 | Media
William Bradley

For most of my adult life, this semi-literate, mega-rich egomaniac out of New York called Donald Trump has pretended to be an important public figure,...

The Tennesseans to Premiere July 4

Ed Hooper | Posted 07.03.2015 | Impact
Ed Hooper

The Tennesseans: A Volunteer Legacy will premiere July 4 and 5 on the state's public television stations. The hour-long film is the first to highlight the events, men and women that earned the state its nickname from the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain to the modern battlefields of today.

Frontline Civilians: It's Time We Honor All Who Serve

Matt Zeller | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Matt Zeller

Instead of advocating for the return of the draft, Moulton was joining prominent leaders such as President Obama and General McChrystal (who is leading the Franklin Project) to call on all Americans to engage in some act of public service in their lifetime -- just as the civilians who I served with had done.

Sexual Shenanigans and Pig Shooting in the Military Need to Stop

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

Our soldiers deserve the best training available -- and that's not hacking at moaning goats with gardening shears or blowing off pigs' jaws. Lifelike human-patient simulators, which are readily available, realistically represent human anatomy and traumatic injury.

What the President Should Say to the Troops

William Astore | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
William Astore

We don't need hyperbolic statements that our military is the "finest fighting force" ever, or that our troops are the world's liberators and bringers of freedom. Such words are immoderate and boastful. They're intended to win favor with the troops and with the people back home; they're politically calculated. And in that sense, they're ill-advised and even dishonest -- they're basically nothing more than flattery.

Revelation of Special Forces Misuse Points Up the Need for A Hard Assessment of the Long Wars

William Bradley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

It turns out that it's not only drones which are being overused in our still far too secret "long wars" around the globe. A New York Times investigation revealed over the weekend that our most famous special forces unit is being used on an amazingly ad hoc basis, with no oversight to speak of.

Republican Civil War Between Imperialists and Isolationists Has Deep Roots and Big Implications

William Bradley | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The Republicans' dramatic intra-party fighting over NSA domestic surveillance, which saw the likes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain having to give way to the likes of young libertarian Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul and House Republicans, points up a brewing civil war on national security.

The Women of the USS San Antonio

Rob Taub | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Rob Taub

Bertha Favela-Xiong is 23 years old and recently made her first trip to New York City during Fleet Week. It was not by plane, car or bus but instead on the Navy's USS San Antonio where she holds the rank of Ensign.

What We're Really Fighting For

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Byrd

This weekend, I'm thinking about the real value of the "cheap" gas we're burning, the real value of a small plastic bottle of clean water, the real value of an American soldier.

U.S. Releases Video Of China Constructing New Islands In The South China Sea

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.29.2015 | World

The Pentagon released several videos on Thursday showing Chinese construction of man-made islands in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Si...

Nearly 1,000 Strangers Attend Homeless Veteran's Funeral In Oklahoma City

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact

Hundreds of people showed up to Jerry Billings' funeral last Friday, but not a single person in attendance had ever met the Oklahoma City veteran. ...

How It Was To Be: FDR and the UN's San Francisco Founding Conference, 70 Years On

William Bradley | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As the dignitaries and delegates from 50 nations made their way the evening of April 25th, 1945 into the San Francisco Opera House for the opening of the founding conference of the United Nations, they encountered a stage redolent of an Enlightenment aesthetic. It contained four golden pillars.

U.S. Warship Heading To Yemeni Waters To Intercept Iranian Weapons Shipments, Navy Officials Say

AP | Posted 06.20.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stepped-up response to Iranian backing of Shiite rebels in Yemen, the Navy aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt, is steam...

Coast Guard Cutter Arrives In U.S. With 14 Tons Of Cocaine

AP | Posted 04.17.2015 | Crime

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Coast Guard cutter arrived Thursday in San Diego with more than 14 tons of cocaine, part of what authorities described as a surge...