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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The Jewish State of Israel: Democracy or Apartheid? Israel’s recent “national unity” law calls the country “unique” to the Jewish people. But 21 percent of Israelis are Arabs. Do Jewish values conflict with pluralistic democracy? Jews in both countries are sharply divided over a question that goes to the founding of the “Jewish State.”
Is ‘socialism’ dividing the Democrats From Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,“socialism” is having a hot summer. Is it the future of the Democratic Party or an easy Republican target? Prominent liberals and conservatives describe the history--and possible future--of a term loaded with many meanings in America’s political history.
Cartoons, Comic Strips and Opinions Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the latest editorial cartoonist to lose his job. Fired for harsh portrayals of President Trump. We’ll talk with him and look at another kind of cartooning: comic strips. Even when the kids don’t realize it, they’re political, too. They’re a highly sophisticated artform and a barometer of social change.
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