Policy & Advocacy
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2/21/2018

Learning Lab Ventures is using a for-profit business model to break the cycle of poverty in its Los Angeles community. The nonprofit seeks to help students attend college through after-school programs and other initiatives.

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Forbes
2/21/2018

Oprah Winfrey has matched George and Amal Clooney's $500,000 pledge to March for Our Lives, an initiative calling for tighter gun control after last week's school shooting in Florida. A rally is scheduled to take place March 24 in Washington, D.C.

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2/21/2018

Three students killed in the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week will posthumously receive the Medal of Heroism from the US Army and will be honored by the state's National Guard. Alaina Petty, Martin Duque and Peter Wang were cadets in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

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CBS News, WSVN-TV (Miami)
2/21/2018

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is facing a financial challenge now that the Pentagon will be receiving a large amount of funding. The Defense Department needs to spend a good portion of the funds before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, or it could lose some of it.

2/21/2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is creating a cybersecurity task force to look into outside attempts to interfere with elections in the US. The task force announcement comes days after special counsel Robert Mueller handed down indictments against Russian nationals and companies accused of trying to manipulate US voters during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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2/21/2018

Legislators in North Carolina say Gov. Roy Cooper should consider calling on the National Guard to help as the state's prisons contend with severe staff shortages. Officials with the state's Department of Public Safety, however, say the idea may not be practical, because specialized training is involved and the Guard has other duties, including overseas deployments.

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2/21/2018

National Guard troops are experiencing more war service these days, according to Maj. Gen. Douglas Farnham, head of the Maine National Guard. "Most of our soldiers and airmen have never known the military not at war -- in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or wherever we need to go to fight violent extremism," Farnham said in an address to the state legislature.

2/21/2018

National Guard troops were called upon last weekend to help deal with the aftermath of flooding in West Virginia. Troops helped clean up debris and environmental waste in Ohio County.

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2/21/2018

The Pentagon's new policy on transgender troops is expected to be revealed this week, after months of legal wrangling that began when President Donald Trump tweeted his intention to ban transgender troops from service. Meanwhile, leaked emails suggest that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, the nation's highest-ranking general, was not one of the "generals and military experts" Trump said he consulted regarding the ban.

2/21/2018

The recent travel expenses scandal shows that deeply rooted problems are still dogging the VA, writes former US Naval Institute board member Steve Cohen, who says a complete change of leadership is needed. "Our veterans deserve better, starting with a full house-cleaning," he writes.

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The Hill