The Ongoing Battle to Remove Military Sexual Assault Prosecution From the Chain of Command

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 6:58 pm

As the Senate Armed Services Committee meets Wednesday to take up its version of the Defense Authorization bill, senators will likely devote at least as much verbiage to discussion of sexual assault in the military ranks as they do to the finer points of the Pentagon budget that is the bill’s main focus. But missing from the committee’s final version of the bill will be the one measure that advocates for survivors of sexual assault and rape say is critical to ending the crisis that grips the military: removing the reporting and prosecution of sexual assault cases from the chain of command.


Have the Pentagon Brass Learned From the Catholic Bishops?

By: Saturday May 18, 2013 9:00 am

In watching and listening to the unfolding stories over the last week of sexual assault in the military, I could not help but notice how similar the military’s mess is to the situation in the Roman Catholic church over child abuse carried out by priests. Trusted leaders misused their positions of power to gratify their own sexual desires, and even worse, the hierarchy all too often protected the abusers and failed the victims.

Here’s hoping that the brass at the Pentagon have learned a few things from the bishops about how NOT to deal with the perpetrators of sexual assault by those in authority.

Bid to Restore Food Stamp Cuts Fails in Senate

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 10:20 am

Hundreds of thousands of food stamp recipients will lose at least $90 a month in benefits, after an amendment to the farm bill failed badly in the Senate.

The New, Old Mission in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 7:18 pm

In other words, the goal in Afghanistan is to attack safe havens in Pakistan. And that’s backed up by Spencer Ackerman’s reporting. There will be no movement of troops east, where the Taliban is dug in. Instead, the strategy will be “drones, drones, training Afghans, commando raids, and drones,” to quote Spencer. The mission has shifted to counter-terrorism, only with far more troops that you need for that mission (Sen. Coons didn’t see such a shift, but the refusal to go into the east is the tell). And the special ops forces, the JSOC guys, are being used to selectively take out Taliban to keep them at the negotiating table.

This is why the permanent bases are so important.

Doctor on Giffords’ Eyes Opening: “You Don’t Understand, This Is Amazing”

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 4:00 pm

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were in the room when Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes last night, less than a week after the tragic shooting that killed six and gravely wounded her. In the background of the commentary of this event, there has been this improbable success story, as Giffords’ condition continues to improve, beyond the expectations of even her doctors.

9-11 Health Care Bill Passes Senate at Reduced Cost

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 2:05 pm

The pressure was apparently too much to hold back the 9-11 health care first responders bill. A reduced version passed the Senate by unanimous consent.

Jon Stewart Leads Lonely Charge on 9-11 Health Care Bill

By: Friday December 17, 2010 4:00 pm

It’s fallen to The Daily Show’s JON STEWART, of all people, to make an issue of the failure to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which would provide needed funds to victims of the environmental and health hazards at Ground Zero.. He basically turned his show over to it last night.

Help for 9/11 Rescue Workers Sacrificed on Altar of Arcane Senate Procedure

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 3:30 pm

Sometimes the often irresponsible behavior of the United States Senate rises to a new, more disgusting level that still manages to physically make me ill. Today, a bill that would provide help finding health care for the 9/11 rescue workers sickened as a result of their selfless actions failed in the Senate because it managed to only get 57 votes in favor (compared to 42 opposed).

Nineteen Dem Senators: Don’t Appeal DADT Ruling

By: Wednesday October 13, 2010 8:45 am

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Udall (D-CO) have assembled a coalition of 19 Senators to urge Attorney General Eric Holder not to appeal the worldwide injunction on enforcing the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. Impressively, the group includes moderate Tim Johnson and conservative Mary Landrieu.

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