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Here’s why the Senate stalemate over the human-trafficking bill is so complex

“Just to refresh everybody’s memory: Since 1976, all funding, all appropriations bills, and many authorization bills, including the Affordable Care Act and the Defense authorization bills, have been subjected to a limitation on the use of tax dollars for abortions.” –Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), statement on the Senate floor, March 19, 2015 “Now, whether taxpayer […]

House Passes Budget, Saudi Arabia Bombs Yemen, Shape-Shifting Frog Discovered: A.M. Links

yesterdayNews : Reason

The Republican-controlled House passed a Republican budget bill that's seen as a victory for House Speaker John Boehner (R). It includes an increase in the "war fund," the only portion of defense spending not capped by sequestration, which the bill does not repeal. Show More Summary

US Lawmakers Ask to Boost Funding for US-Israel Missile Defense Systems

US Congressman Peter Roskam and Congresswoman Grace Meng explained that the funding levels would address the evolving threats posed by Israeli adversaries, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran as well as yield economic, technological and military benefits to the United States.

Senate Girds For Lengthy Budget Battle Over Obamacare And Defense Spending

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The Senate on Tuesday kicked off what is likely to be a lengthy funding debate over Senate Republicans' budget blueprint, which aims to boost defense spending and to repeal the Affordable Care Act through a process known as reconciliation. Senate...Show More Summary

Update: Arguments Made in PETA, ALDF Case Against Seaquarium’s License Renewal

PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and Orca Network’s have an update on the appeal of the dismissal of their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)... The post Update: Arguments Made in PETA, ALDF Case Against Seaquarium’s License Renewal appeared first on PETA.

US to Support 352,000 Strong Afghan Security Force

The US Defense Department will seek funding to support 352,000 Afghan security forces until 2017 in order to ensure the security gains are not lost, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said after meeting with Afghan leaders at Camp David.

A.M. Funds Roundup: Jack Bogle Puts ETF Execs on the Defensive; More Worries About Bond Market Structure

Links to the best reading in funds investing: Exchange-traded funds industry executives are fending off repeated attacks from the legendary Jack Bogle — Chris Newlands, Financial Times Bats Global Markets talks big talk about overtaking NYSE and Nasdaq in ETF listings – John McCrank and Jessica Toonkel, Reuters Money has been heading out of dividend-stock [...]

Neighborhood Solar Cooperative May Land In Illinois

Originally published on Solar Love. The Environmental Defense Fund and the Citizens Utility Board in Illinois have made an innovative proposal to the Illinois Commerce Commission for a neighborhood solar cooperative plan that would work...Show More Summary

So That Happened: Aaron Schock's Resignation Shockingly Doesn't Fix Washington Corruption

So, that happened. This week, the GOP released budget proposals and it's good news if you like massive cuts in discretionary spending and a bloated defense budget. We'll detail the broad strokes of a funding fantasia that probably won't...Show More Summary

Talking Defense Spending With John McCain

Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain joined me to open the third hour of the show today: Audio: 03-20hhs-mccain Transcript: HH: The longest range story is whether or not we’re going to fund the Pentagon. And at the tip of that spear is Senator John McCain from the great state of Arizona. Show More Summary

Republicans Break Budget Promises To Increase Military Spending

House Budget would create a slush fund for extra defense spending: http://t.co/fK67f4VOnm pic.twitter.com/MLpALqpUwy — Loren Adler (@LorenAdler) March 18, 2015 Republicans have now proposed a budget that contains billions of dollarsShow More Summary

Battle Between House GOP Factions Prompts Budget Vote Delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have abruptly delayed action on a sweeping budget resolution, unable to unite the party's deficit and defense hawks on a plan to boost funds for the military. Shortly before midnight on Wednesday,Show More Summary

Morning Bits

The woefully inadequate Senate defense budget. “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday said he intends to introduce an amendment to the Senate Republican budget that would raise the Pentagon’s war funding account to $90 billion. ‘Yes, I’m definitely looking at it. I’m almost certain I will do it,’ Graham told The Hill as members of […]

10 Great Kids Comics for Early Readers

last weekHumor / odd : mental_floss

When a child is just learning to read, comics can be a great supplement to help foster love and enjoyment for books. As detailed in this wonderful handout, “Raising a Reader,”  from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, comics have a lot to offer young readers. Show More Summary

Stop Talking About Climate Change, House Republicans Tell the Pentagon and CIA

last weekNews : Vice News

The Department of Defense has identified climate change as an immediate national security threat — Republicans in the House of Representatives disagree and want to ax Pentagon and CIA funds for climate change research and analysis.

Afghanistan Contracting Flawed, DoD IG Says (FOUO)

The Government of Afghanistan is not equipped to manage contracts and “as a result, future direct assistance funds are vulnerable to increased fraud and abuse,” the Department of Defense Inspector General said in a report last month....Show More Summary

GOP Plan to Boost Defense Spending Worries Some in Party

House Republicans Tuesday will propose using tens of billions of dollars in additional war funding to get around tight budget limits on the Pentagon in their new budget plan.

Capital Journal Daybreak: Iran’s Nuclear Deal Could Open Oil Flood | House GOP Budget Expected to Boost War Funding | Gov. Christie Gives Donors a Pep Talk

The Wall Street Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.

US Senators Urge Appropriations Committee to Fund Lethal Aid to Ukraine

US Senator Richard Blumenthal said that a dozen US Senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting that it allocates funds for defensive weapons to Ukraine.

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