As I said: anybody in a suit can beat Mike Rounds.
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) has been at the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearings on a budget for the US Air Force.
Few lawmakers want to lose the jobs associated with their bases during a fragile economic recovery or invest in environmental cleanup at those bases at a time when the military is slashing training and other operations and likely furloughing civilians as a result of congressionally mandated across-the-board cuts. [Frank Oliveri, Roll Call.]Over the weekend, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, the officer in charge of the sexual assault prevention and response branch for the Air Force, was arrested and charged with sexual battery after he allegedly drunkenly "approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks."
Minnesota's House is expected to bring marriage equality one step closer to their state tomorrow. Delaware's governor is expected to sign that state's blessing. Favorite son, Vice President Joe Biden, former Delaware Senator, after signalling his support for his state's efforts, is now telegraphing his distrust of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Reported sexual assaults in the military have increased 30% in the last years and it is suspected that 90% of all attacks go undisclosed.
Recall President Thomas Jefferson's warning: a standing army without a foreign war to fight will turn on its own.