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Thank me for my military service by voting for Hillary Clinton: Frank Biggio (Opinion)
Donald Trump as commander in chief would have almost unchecked authority to put military personnel in harm's way, but whose understanding of foreign affairs and military strategy is based largely on instincts rather than analysis, writes Frank Biggio. Frank Biggio is a Marine Corps veteranFrank Biggio  As one of the roughly 22 million Americans who served, or are serving, in the nation's military, I always appreciate when people tell me, "Thank you for your service." My response is always, "You're welcome," and other than the occasional department store discount or free round of drinks, I've never sought to exploit my veteran status to garner any special favors. This year is different. We are two months away from electing a new commander in chief. One of our options includes a man who has glibly spoken about using nuclear weapons in Europe and the Middle East and seems unconcerned about nuclear proliferation by other countries simply because it is "going to happen anyway;" who fails to comprehend the deterrent effect of U.S. troops in South Korea against increasingly belligerent threats by North Korea; who would allow NATO member states on Russia's western border to fall to Kremlin aggressions unless they "pay up;" and who has denigrated the family of an Army captain killed in action while serving his country. This is a mercurial man who will have almost unchecked authority to put uniformed men and women in harm's way, but whose understanding of foreign affairs and military strategy is based almost solely on his instincts rather than analysis.  I served under many commanders. Some were leaders in name only, but most deserved the title by demonstrating core leadership principles, regardless of any stress or hardship, and didn't resort to primitive and distracting antics like belligerent shouting or chest thumping. They led by example, invited collaboration, analyzed conflicting positions and took responsibility for the decisions that ultimately fell to them to make.  When successes occurred, they praised their teams. And when events turned against them, they took responsibility and didn't blame others or make excuses.  Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower drafted a letter on the eve of D-Day which was to be released in the event the invasion failed. He wrote: "If any blame attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone." We of course know that the Allied Forces succeeded after storming Normandy's beaches and Gen. Eisenhower praised the efforts of his teams, from the generals to the privates.  2014: D-Day's legacy of bravery, daring, effective deception and determined leadership carries forward to today: editorial It's inconceivable that Donald Trump would take such a position, either by acknowledging his team for a success (this is the man who claimed "I alone can fix it!" in his nomination acceptance speech), or solely taking blame for a failure. Trump is no Eisenhower. He's more like the fictional Captain Queeg played by Humphrey Bogart in "The Caine Mutiny" -- paranoid, erratic, condescending and ultimately incompetent. There are many other apt analogies, but each is equally frightening when thinking of Trump directing the deployment of our military to today's ambiguous front lines, perhaps just to prove that he can. There are many things to consider when heading to the polls in November. One of those is who should command the nearly 2.2 million members of our active and reserve military forces; who should be the elected leader with the authority to put their lives in jeopardy to protect American interests against evolving threats around the world.  Will we elect a man who, without offering any clarity, boasts that he "will be so good at the military, your head will spin," as if his high school graduation from a military academy validates that claim, and hopes that the electorate will simply trust that will be so? Whose behavior and public comments cause a collective group of 50 foreign policy experts, most of whom are from the Republican Party and have at one time sat in the White House Situation Room and contemplated the implications -- and repercussions -- of deploying our military, to publicly denounce him and the security and foreign policy positions he has proposed?       Related opinion: Donald Trump can't be trusted with the nuclear football - and voters know it: Brent Larkin Polls show that the answer will be "No." But the election is still several months away.  We have an alternative to the embarrassment that is Donald Trump, a candidate who, though not flawless, has actual experience and demonstrated pragmatism, is known and respected by military and civilian leaders in America and abroad and is capable of decisiveness and restraint as the situation requires. I'm with her. This Election Day, please thank me for my service by voting for Hillary Clinton as our president and commander in chief. Frank ("Gus") Biggio, originally of Wooster, Ohio, earned his law and MBA degrees from Case Western Reserve University. He served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry from 1993 to 1998 and in the Marines' Civil Affairs Group from 2007 to 2010, deploying to Afghanistan in 2009, service for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. He currently lives in Dubai with his wife and three children.
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Letter: Charity under cloud
The Clintons’ vow to ban foreign and corporate donations to the Clinton Foundation if Hillary Clinton is elected president won’t silence the “pay-to-play” allegations now hounding the candidate (Aug. 29). If the Clinton Foundation isn’t mothballed should a Hillary Clinton presidency become a reality, then she will be sending the signal that the door to the Oval Office opens wide for those who are rich, powerful and well-connected.— Mike Rice, Wellfleet
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Taking a sit: Teacher punished after forcing student to stand for Pledge of Allegiance
A high school teacher has been suspended after trying to physically force a 15-year-old student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The teen had been harassed by staff for his decision to sit, despite being protected under the First Amendment. Read Full Article at RT.com
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3 education leaders to participate in Kansas State lecture
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Three higher education leaders are participating in a special Landon Lecture panel discussion at Kansas State University. The panel participants are Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent of West Point Military Academy; David Hall, president of the University of the Virgin Islands; and Bud Peterson, president ...
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Boeing bonuses: earned or excessive?
To the editor: Isn’t this exactly the corruption lurking in the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned about? ( “Boeing wins big bonuses after failures,” Sept. 4) My heart sinks when I think of the national treasure that has been squandered for decades on gold-plated, ineffective...
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Diary reveals JFK doubted Hitler was really dead & predicted Nazi leader will ‘emerge from hatred’
A young John F Kennedy once pondered over Adolf Hitler’s death, wondering whether the Nazi leader had really died or was still alive, according to a diary he kept while travelling through Europe in 1945. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Trump pulls plug on Obamacare repeal vote as GOP support falters
The abortive vote provided an early test for both Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, one of the bill’s major supporters.
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Analysts say Trump agenda may not be derailed by health care defeat
The fate of the health care bill does not presage the chances for the rest of his agenda.       
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Trump rallies supporters, tears into 'dishonest media'
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Just four weeks into his administration, President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Florida on Saturday, repeating his political promises and continuing his attacks on the "dishonest media."
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Will President Trump ever release his tax returns?
Trump is the first major party nominee in decades to not release tax returns. What happens now that he's president? Does Flynn's resignation change things? Plus, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) on Democrats' efforts to make Trump's returns public.
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Trains, not drains: New Jersey lobbyists on way to swamp DC
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — As President Donald Trump vows to "drain the swamp" in Washington, a swarm of 1,000 lobbyists, business owners and politicians traveled by train from the swamps of New Jersey on Thursday for a day of lobbying.
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Judge: Bridge case complaint against Christie can proceed
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge says a criminal complaint against Republican Gov. Chris Christie over the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal in 2013 can go forward.
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If Trump leaves office, how long before Rick Perry is President?
If President Donald Trump were to die or leave office before his term is up, it could take a while (or a lot of catastrophic events) before Energy Secretary Rick Perry would be in charge.
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An heiress wanted her Palm Beach villa to become a winter White House. Four decades later, her wish comes true
Before breakfast-cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post died in 1973, she willed her sprawling Palm Beach villa to the federal government for use as a winter White House. She thought the lavish castle on the sand — built in the 1920s for $8 million and named Mar-a-Lago — would be a perfect escape...
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Trump Tuesday: Flynn resignation fallout. What did Trump know?
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday confronts the first major crisis of his less-than-a-month old administration: the late night Monday resignation of Michael Flynn as national security adviser, who quit after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his conversation with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Today’s big question borrows a phrase from President […]
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US carrier group conducts anti-ISIS strikes in Syria & Iraq from Mediterranean
The US Navy Strike Group has begun hitting Islamic State terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria from the eastern Mediterranean Sea after a two-month gap to “demonstrate the tremendous warfighting capability and flexibility” of the navy. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘He will fall’: Key Watergate figure slams ‘obnoxious’ Trump policy adviser
A Nixon-era White House counsel, described by the FBI as a “master manipulator” during the Watergate cover-up scandal, has slammed a Trump adviser as the “most obnoxious” he’s seen in five decades. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Does President Trump have the authority to 'send in the feds' to Chicago?
A few days after moving into the White House, President Trump put the third-largest city in the country on notice: “If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!” The president’s ominous — if vague — tweet...
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Does Trump have the authority to 'send in the feds' to Chicago?
A few days after moving into the White House, President Trump put the third-largest city in the country on notice: “If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!” The president’s ominous — if vague — tweet...
87 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Dwight D. Eisenhower President of the United States George W. Bush United States Congress Democratic Party John F. Kennedy Supreme Court of the United States
Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway hires a chief of staff
By hiring a chief of staff of her own, Conway is asserting and perhaps growing her influence in the White House, where a coterie of top advisers have been competing for Trump’s ear and over the shape of his agenda.
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I-290 lane closures planned Saturday for Itasca bridge inspection
A bridge inspection will close several lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway Saturday morning in northwest suburban Itasca.
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Trump targeted Japan during the campaign. Now its prime minister is embracing the new president.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets Trump at the White House Friday for a formal summit.
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Outbound Eisenhower shut down for shooting investigation
Traffic on the outbound Eisenhower Expressway was shut down late Wednesday after a driver claimed his vehicle was hit by gunfire near Racine.
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Mayor Garcetti says President Obama is endorsing his reelection bid
Mayor Eric Garcetti hardly needed the support of former President Obama to strengthen his campaign for reelection, but he asked for it anyway during a party at the White House last month. On Tuesday, Garcetti declared himself the first candidate to win Obama’s endorsement since his presidency ended....
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George W. Bush named to Texas Aviation Hall of Fame

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Donald Trump reportedly irked Sean Spicer was played by a woman on 'Saturday Night Live'
The president's biggest issue with the sketch? It's that Spicer was played by a woman in drag, the report said. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- While White House press secretary Sean Spicer initially seemed to be a good sport about Melissa McCarthy's scathing impression of him on "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, his boss reportedly had a different reaction. President Donald Trump has been known to fire an angry tweet or two about "SNL" after it pokes fun at him or his administration, but he's been conspicuously silent about the skit in which McCarthy portrayed Spicer as a gum-swallowing lackey who yells falsehoods and fires a squirt gun at reporters. According to a report on Politico, the president's silence was seen in the White House as an indication of just how irked he was by the sketch. Trump's biggest issue? It's that Spicer was played by a woman in drag, the report said.  From Politico: "More than being lampooned as a press secretary who makes up facts, it was Spicer's portrayal by a woman that was most problematic in the president's eyes, according to sources close to him. And the unflattering send-up by a female comedian was not considered helpful for Spicer's longevity in the grueling, high-profile job in which he has struggled to strike the right balance between representing an administration that considers the media the "opposition party," and developing a functional relationship with the press "Trump doesn't like his people to look weak," added a top Trump donor. When first asked about the skit on Sunday, Spicer laughed it off, called it funny and even offered McCarthy a note on her performance. "[She] needs to slow down on the gum chewing; way too many pieces in there," he told Extra. But when Politico brought it up it again Monday, Spicer refused to say anything more. "It doesn't really matter what I think," he said. Spicer will probably be asked about it again at his daily White House press briefing this afternoon.
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Dean Obeidallah: Donald Trump's most bone-chilling tweet
On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump may have unleashed his most bone-chilling tweet -- at least to those who believe the United States should not become a Trump-led dictatorship. And I don't make that comment simply to be provocative or without giving it a great deal of thought. Our democracy is far more fragile than some might grasp and Trump is engaging in a concerned effort to undermine the workings of it.
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Trump, leader of the worst inside all of us
My friend has a teenage son. He’s a good kid, well-behaved, impeccably mannered and exasperatingly unpredictable
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TURMOIL: GOP insiders skeptical of orderly White House
As President Donald Trump's White House attempts to embark on a period of order and discipline, many in Washington are greeting the news with a collective eye roll.
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‘There’s my Kevin’: McCarthy emerges as Trump’s trusted link to Capitol Hill
The House majority leader’s relationship with the new president has set the stage for a rapid legislative blitz in the early months of the Trump administration.
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Inbound Eisenhower diverted at Harlem for shooting investigation
Inbound lanes on the Eisenhower Expressway were partially closed Sunday morning while police investigated reports of a shooting.
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Politics seeps into Super Bowl week
By Art Spander, The Sports Xchange HOUSTON -- Has the prelude to the Super Bowl gone off the rails? Hasn't the prelude to every Super Bowl?
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‘Man-child’ Donald Trump is a threat to US national security – Salmond
US presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s lack of stability could threaten US security and gives Alex Salmond MP a serious case of the “heebie-jeebies,” the former Scottish National Party (SNP) leader has claimed. Read Full Article at RT.com
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USA TODAY Launches VR Stories App on Daydream
NETWORK brings VR Stories app to new Daydream platform       
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USA TODAY’s Launches VR Stories App on Daydream
NETWORK brings VR Stories app to new Daydream platform       
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Ted Cruz says he’s ‘eager’ to work for Donald Trump
Ted Cruz said Thursday he’s “eager” to work for Donald Trump — just months after the Texas senator was humiliated by the president-elect during their brutal GOP primary fight. Cruz’s name has been floated as a possible attorney general in the new administration, and he appeared more than willing to consider that gig. “I’m eager...
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Qatar to convert US embassy in London into luxury hotel
Qatar’s royal family has won approval to convert the iconic US embassy in London into a luxury hotel and retail site. Read Full Article at RT.com
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S.E. Cupp: The speech that Donald Trump must give
As much as any President before him, Donald Trump’s life has been defined by the rest of the world’s admiration...
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National briefs: Eisenhower to get D.C. memorial
WASHINGTON — The grandchildren of Dwight D. Eisenhower have reached an agreement with the architect of a long-planned memorial to the former president and supreme allied commander in Washington, ending an impasse over the project’s design.
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First Words: How Much ‘Disclosure’ Do We Really Expect From Candidates?
And what exactly are we looking for?
51 points by The New York Time | Bill Clinton President of the United States Richard Nixon Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton Democratic Party George W. Bush Dwight D. Eisenhower
Va. mansion resembling White House to be sold at auction
McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A northern Virginia mansion that resembles the White House is going up for auction. The Federal-style mansion was built in 1989 and has a rounded portico similar to the one on the southern facade of the White House. WTOP-FM (http://tinyurl.com/jd7wqes) reports that the 12,500-square-foot, six-bedroom home ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | White House Washington D.C. Virginia West Wing Dwight D. Eisenhower White House Rose Garden President of the United States Oval Office
Search for carjackers snarls Eisenhower traffic
Police blocked traffic on the inbound Eisenhower Expressway for more than an hour Friday night as authorities searched for suspects in a carjacking.
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Eisenhower blocked at Harlem after police search
The Eisenhower Expressway was partially blocked at Harlem Avenue after an Illinois State Police search for carjacking suspects ended near there Friday evening. State troopers had been searching for suspects in a carjacking possibly in the Westchester area when an incident occurred near Harlem about...
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