Larry Abramson http://www.kplu.org en Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://www.kplu.org/post/pentagon-pushes-states-benefits-same-sex-couples Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.<p>The Pentagon <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/14/211978987/pentagon-details-plan-to-extend-benefits-to-same-sex-spouses">started to recognize same-sex marriages</a> soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But some states are resisting.<p>Alicia Butler is the same-sex spouse of a member of the National Guard living in Austin, Texas. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:42:23 +0000 Larry Abramson 10785 at http://www.kplu.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples How The Shutdown Is Affecting The Military http://www.kplu.org/post/how-shutdown-affecting-military <em>Larry Abramson, who covers national security for NPR, sent us this missive, about how <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/01/228046160/no-end-in-sight-as-government-shutdown-begins">the shutdown of the federal government</a> is affecting the Pentagon:</em><p>If you are a soldier, sailor, airman or marine, you will be paid during a shutdown. But only half of civilian defense workers are supposed to show up for work, and the rest do not get paid.<p>That's just one of many hardships facing military families. Another is figuring out just what is open, and what is closed. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:13:15 +0000 Larry Abramson 10228 at http://www.kplu.org Sequester Has Air Force Clipping Its Wings http://www.kplu.org/post/sequester-has-air-force-clipping-its-wings The Pentagon says the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration could leave the U.S. with a military that is simply unprepared for the most challenging combat missions. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel <a href="http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AS/AS00/20130411/100626/HMTG-113-AS00-Wstate-HagelC-20130411.pdf">told Congress in April</a> that the military is eating its seed corn.<p>"The cuts will fall heavily on maintenance and training, which further erodes the readiness of the force and will be costly to regain in the future," he said. Sat, 11 May 2013 16:57:48 +0000 Larry Abramson 8745 at http://www.kplu.org Sequester Has Air Force Clipping Its Wings Bin Laden Papers Show Him Frustrated, Marginalized http://www.kplu.org/post/bin-laden-papers-show-him-frustrated-marginalized Documents found at Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan reveal an al-Qaida leader who had come to feel marginalized and frustrated with actions taken by affiliated terror groups he had helped inspire.<p>The man responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks is seen struggling to limit attacks that killed mostly Muslims, and to keep the international jihad movement focused on what he viewed as the main target: the United States.<p>The glimpse inside this secretive organization comes just after the first anniversary of the killing of bin Laden in Abbotabad, Pakistan, by a Navy Seal team.<p>That team Thu, 03 May 2012 17:48:04 +0000 Larry Abramson 4920 at http://www.kplu.org Bin Laden Papers Show Him Frustrated, Marginalized Do Law Schools Cook Their Employment Numbers? http://www.kplu.org/post/do-law-schools-cook-their-employment-numbers It's often assumed that even in tough times, lawyers can find good jobs. But that proposition is being overturned by a tight legal market, and by a glut of graduates.<p>The nation's law schools are facing growing pressure to be more upfront about their graduates' job prospects. Many students say they were lured in by juicy job numbers, but when they got out, all they ended up with is massive debt.<p>Chloe Gilgan enrolled at New York Law School in 2005, with one thing in mind: getting a good paying job. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:23:32 +0000 Larry Abramson 3756 at http://www.kplu.org Do Law Schools Cook Their Employment Numbers?