Month: June 2011

pentagon fails to probe thousands of sexual assaults: gao

The Pentagon has failed to act properly to investigate the 2,594 sexual assaults reported in 2010, a Government Accountability Office accused in a new report. The Department of Defense Inspector General’s office is supposed to oversee all sexual assault investigations within the military, but none of the nearly 2,600 cases were passed through that office […] Read more…

upstate ny town clerk says she won’t sign same-sex marriage licenses

Though New York state’s passage of marriage equality for same-sex couples has been hailed across the country and around the world, there’s at least one person who is in a decidedly non-celebratory mood: Barbara MacEwen, town clerk of the rural upstate Volney, NY. MacEwen has said that she will refuse to sign the marriage licenses […] Read more…

house to use skype for constituent calls, despite security concerns

Technology experts for the House of Representatives said in a memo Tuesday that House members will now be able to use the free Internet-based phone and videoconferencing service Skype. Security concerns had originally stopped the House from allowing use of Skype, logisticians explained to The Hill. “There’s a concern about having items broadcast that may […] Read more…

cost of air conditioning for u.s. troops in middle east more than nasa budget

The United States spends $20.2 billion annually on air conditioning for troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan — more than NASA’s entire budget, NPR reported. In fact, the same amount of money that keeps soldiers cool is the amount the G-8 has committed to helping the fledgling democracies in Tunisia and Egypt. Read more behind […] Read more…

white house sails past deadline for solar panel installation

Tuesday marked the first official day of summer in the Western hemisphere, but some environmental advocates saw June 21 as another milestone — a day after the deadline President Barack Obama’s administration had promised for the installation of a solar water-heating system on the roof of the White House. In October, Energy Secretary Steven Chu […] Read more…

delta charges troops $2,800 in excess baggage fees

It’s not uncommon for air travel passengers to complain about airlines’ baggage policies and treatment of customers, but when it’s members of the U.S. military coming home from Afghanistan raising complaints about unfair rules, the grievances tend to be amplified. Read more behind the cut, or at Raw Story, where this piece originally appeared. Read more…

bachmann’s new campaign manager panned her chances of winning

Ed Rollins signed on this week as campaign manager for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) ahead of what is presumed to be the official announcement of her presidential campaign, to take place in her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa in the coming weeks. Rollins, a seasoned campaign operative and political analyst, had to explain some of his […] Read more…