Veterans of the California National Guard have been required to pay back enlistment bonuses and student loans given them 10 years ago during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Los Angeles Times broke the story that many served multiple combat tours and didn't realize they were not entitled to payments of $15,000 or more. Today, after expressions of outrage from Congress, Secretary Ash Carter ordered that repayment demands be suspended. Leo Shane, Capitol Hill Bureau Chief for Military Times, says California may not be the only state affected.
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Last week, much of the US were hit with a cyberattack, interrupting Twitter, PayPal, the New York Times and other services used by many millions of people. Welcome to the "Internet of Things" -- with web-connected devices that are revolutionizing how we live and do business. In the next few years, there may be 50 billion web-connected devices, revolutionizing all aspects of life and business. But there's a downside. Your home-alarm, your toaster — or anything else that's online -- can become a weapon for hackers with the worse of intentions. You won't even know it. Last week was a wake-up call to potential disasters that could be much worse. They're said to be "inevitable" unless security is beefed up… starting now.
When the Ottoman Empire collapsed after World War I, Turkey did not get all the land it thought it was entitled to. Now, the current President is demanding the right to intervene in Mosul, and possibly other places beyond Turkey's recognized borders.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has complained recently that the Treaty of Lausanne, which created his country's borders, left it too small. That was in 1923. But maps have been circulating recently in Turkey, showing borders that include the city of Mosul, now in Iraq, and even the Syrian city of Aleppo. Nick Danforth, Senior Analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Program, considers whether nationalism will lead to intervention or attempted annexation.
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Sifting through the ashes: Cleanup and questions after the fires Wildfire is all too familiar in the Golden State, but last week's record-setting blazes in Northern California left behind something new — more property damage over a wider area with more human casualties than ever before. We hear about likely causes, the struggle to clean up and the possibility of prevention.
Political dueling and the future of the ACA Uncertainty about the fate of Obamacare grows by the day, with key factors including bipartisanship in the Senate, opposition deeper than ever in Congress -- and a president who veers from one side to the other. We talk with Maryland's attorney general and others about what's at stake from the state house to the doctor's office.
Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
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