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12/11/2017

Dale Carlsen, former owner of Sleep Train Mattress Centers, is donating $6 million to Sacramento State to help finance a center dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship. "Changing the mindset at the campus will change the mindset in the region," he said.

12/11/2017

Reserves, National Guard units and active-duty military in California are joining the fight against the wildfires plaguing the southern part of the state. Multiple fires are burning across Southern California, including one near Camp Pendleton.

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12/11/2017

US troops will remain in Syria indefinitely once the war with the Islamic State there officially ends, the Pentagon says. "The United States will sustain a conditions-based military presence in Syria to combat the threat of terrorist-led uncertainty, prevent the resurgence of ISIS, and to stabilize liberated areas," said Army Col. Rob Manning, a Defense Department spokesman.

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12/11/2017

A stable budget is critical for Air Force Space Command, officials say. Space Command operates missile defense satellites, so the threat of a government shutdown could affect national security, they note.

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The Denver Post
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12/11/2017

Air Force Reserve troops participated in the four-week Patriot Warrior exercise in Wisconsin to boost their firefighting and land navigation skills. "They put us in difficult, uncomfortable situations, but that's when we learn the most," said Air Force Senior Airman Adam Coyle.

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12/11/2017

Lawmakers from New Mexico have asked Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to send older search-and-rescue helicopters to the state's National Guard when active-duty troops at Albuquerque's Kirtland Air Force Base get new ones. The 150th Special Operations Wing doesn't currently have its own aircraft.

12/11/2017

The VA hopes its new electronic health records system from IT company Cerner will not only be interoperable with the Pentagon's but will get data center consolidation off to a good start. "Our new electronic health records system will enable VA to keep pace with the improvements in health IT and cybersecurity, which the current system, VistA, is unable to do," VA official Scott Blackburn said.

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Federal Times
12/11/2017

Veterans suffering "moral injury" -- the guilt that comes from following orders in battle that violate their beliefs in what is right -- might benefit from programs that offer atonement, writes philosophy professor Aaron Pratt Shepherd. "Focusing on atonement rather than forgiveness may help clinicians, community members, families and friends of veterans who suffer from moral injury begin to chart a path forward from the irrevocable deeds that haunt them," he says.

12/8/2017

Experts continue to hold the tax plan now pending in Congress up against President Ronald Reagan's 1986 tax reform. Nonpartisan policy organization No Labels looks at the similarities and differences between the two bills.

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RealClearPolicy
12/8/2017

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today to discuss US President Donald Trump's announcement that he will move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has decried the move, saying, "In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear -- there is no alternative to the two-state solution."