- Making News: Panel Announces Base Closures
The Pentagon today took its first concrete steps toward closing and consolidating as many as 800 stateside military facilities. Several major Army bases have been fingered for closure, including Fort Monmouth in New Jersey. Fort Monmouth's staff argues that it contributes to the efforts in Iraq, as well as to domestic security, and cautions that war is not the right time to close military bases. Gordon Trowbridge is following the story for Military Times.
- Reporter-s Notebook: Should Pat Robertson Be Taken Seriously on Chavez?
Christian TV talk-show host Pat Robertson ignited a flurry of damage control when he stated Monday that the US should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The State and Defense Departments, many Christian groups and the network that airs Robertson's show quickly distanced themselves from his remarks. Do the program's million viewers generally appreciate Robertson's world view? Larry Stammer is religion writer for the Los Angeles Times.
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