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GOP bill would make Pledge of Allegiance mandatory for Michigan students

A group of Republican state senators have proposed a bill that would make the Pledge of Allegiance mandatory for every public school student in Michigan. Republican state Sen. Roger Kahn’s SB 637 would also require schools to purchase a flag for every classroom. “THE BOARD OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR…

Exclusive: GOP’s Walter Jones says Republicans should push to end the Afghan war

WASHINGTON – After an emotional speech on the House floor Thursday, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) cast a vote to bring U.S. forces home from Afghanistan by the end of this year. The resolution, sponsored by Jones and Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Ron Paul (R-TX), failed 321-93, but they had…

50 years later, Eisenhower’s grim warning on military profit rings true

The term “military-industrial complex” entered the American lexicon 50 years ago today, when President Dwight Eisenhower warned of its dangers in an unusually frank farewell speech to the nation. “This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience,” Ike said in…

Gates takes aim at ‘gusher’ of defense spending

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is vowing to rein in the Pentagon’s mushrooming budget and bloated bureaucracy, hoping to succeed where his predecessors mostly failed. After having scaled back some major weapons programs, the former CIA director wants to cut up to 15 billion dollars a year in overhead costs,…

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