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  • Donald Trump: America Needs ‘Fair Trade,’ Not ‘Free Trade’

    09/27/2015 8:42:57 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 103 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Sep 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    “Claims that trade deals increase exports and create jobs are based on flawed trade models, and on distorted and one-sided interpretations of the findings of those models,” Scott explained. “If you’re president, you’re going to have to live with it,” Pelley said to the billionaire businessman during the interview, referencing NAFTA. Trump fired back: “Excuse me, we will either renegotiate it or we will break it. Because, you know, every agreement has an end.” Pelley said Trump can’t just break the law. “Excuse me, every agreement has an end. Every agreement has to be fair,” Trump reiterated. “Every agreement has...
  • Army rejects appeal from soldier discharged after confronting accused Afghan rapist

    09/22/2015 2:19:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 22, 2015 | Judsen Burger
    EXCLUSIVE: Even as the U.S. military denies reports that American troops were told to ignore Afghan child abusers, an 11-year Green Beret who was ordered discharged after he confronted an alleged rapist was informed Tuesday that the Army has denied his appeal. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland earlier this year was ordered discharged by Nov. 1. He has been fighting to stay in, but in an initial decision, the U.S. Army Human Resources Command told Martland that his appeal “does not meet the criteria” for an appeal. “Consequently, your request for an appeal and continued service is disapproved,” the office...
  • Tensions rise over women in combat

    09/20/2015 1:06:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2015 | Kristina Wong & Rebecca Kheel
    A battle is brewing in Washington over the military's push to open all combat units to women. The Marine Corps is reportedly poised to ask that some positions remain available only to men, following a nine-month study that found units with all genders did not perform as well in combat. The issue is stirring a passionate debate in the military community, pitting the Marine Corps against its own service secretary and creating a bitter divide on the House Armed Services Committee. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who is the service secretary for the Marine Corps, blasted the study of the Marine...
  • Army Allegedly Issued ‘gag order’ to Silence Green Berets

    09/19/2015 8:27:31 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | September 19, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    FOXNEWS was the first to publicly report the Army’s decision to kick out 11-year Green Beret Sgt First Class (SFC) Charles Martland. On September 11, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif a member of the House Armed Services Committee, blasted Army leadership for issuing an alleged “gag order” forbidding them talking about the discharge of SFC Martland. The congressman said “more troubling” is that he’s learned “Army leadership has pushed a ‘gag order’ … prohibiting both the Chain of Command and soldiers from speaking to anyone regarding the case.” If true such a gag order would be a gross violation of 10...
  • Bob Smith, Who Ran for Senate Twice in Florida, Behind Ted Cruz for President

    08/26/2015 9:05:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    Florida might have its share of Republican presidential candidates but one former presidential candidate who ran twice in the Sunshine State is behind U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H., who ran twice for the U.S. Senate in Florida, was named as a co-chair of Cruz’s veterans outreach team on Wednesday. Smith joins U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell as co-chairs of “Vets for Ted” while Bill Connor will be national director. Cruz has also named Smith, a Navy veteran, as part of his team in New Hampshire, home of the...
  • Documents: Marine on Capitol grounds had 2 loaded guns, 114 live rounds

    08/05/2015 9:22:45 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 64 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Aug 5, 2015 | Hannah Hess
    The Marine Corps congressional fellow arrested Tuesday on Capitol grounds was carrying two loaded guns, 114 rounds of live ammunition, a military ballistic vest and two knives in his car, court documents state. Gunnery Sgt. Peter James Boby pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three misdemeanor charges in D.C. Superior Court. His wrists and ankles were shackled during the brief arraignment. Boby, who wore a plaid shirt and jeans, was released from custody on his personal recognizance. He told CQ Roll Call he had no comment on the case. Court documents state that Boby approached a Capitol Police barricade on C...
  • House to vote on blocking federal grants to sanctuary cities

    07/20/2015 4:00:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 20, 2015 | Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis
    The House will vote this week on legislation that would deny funding to “sanctuary cities” that have policies designed to shelter illegal immigrants from deportation. Sanctuary cities largely refuse to cooperate with federal immigration policies. Such laws have come under heavier scrutiny in the wake of Kathryn Steinle's death last month in San Francisco. Steinle, 32, was fatally shot while walking with her father along San Francisco's waterfront. The police have charged Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant with a history of felony convictions who had been deported five times, with the crime. Legislation authored by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)...
  • Army’s withdrawal of officer’s Silver Star sparks ire of Congress

    03/16/2015 9:04:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 15, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    Green Beret saved soldiers under fireA group of House lawmakers is moving to strip the armed services’ civilian leaders of the power to revoke combat valor awards in response to Army Secretary John McHugh unilaterally canceling the Silver Star, one of the military’s highest honors, for a former Green Beret officer. Mr. McHugh took the action against Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who braved repeated enemy fire in Afghanistan, even though he has not been charged with any offenses. The Army now is seeking to release him with a less-than-honorable discharge. The officer plans to fight the move, his attorney says. The...
  • Obama denied request from Jordan for Predator drones in Islamic State fight

    02/05/2015 1:39:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 5, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Obama administration earlier this year turned down a request from Jordan for Predator spy drones that would help it locate targets in the war against the Islamic State. The refusal, disclosed by a House Armed Services Committee, member, is gaining importance today since Jordan has emerged as a critical player in a U.S.-led coalition to destroy the terror group. On Tuesday, the Islamic State released a video of its execution by fire of a capture Jordanian pilot. Jordan retaliated on Thursdaywith F-16 air strikes on the Syrian town of Raqqa and is vowing a relentless war against the Islamic...
  • Answers Needed On Bergdahl Ransom Payment

    12/03/2014 9:44:56 AM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Oversight: A House Armed Services Committee member asks for a probe into reports that money was paid in a failed attempt to ransom alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl. And where's that Bergdahl investigation report, anyway? Back on Oct. 16 we noted that the Pentagon had completed its investigation into Sgt. Bergdahl's abandonment of his Afghan post. But the report by Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dahl would not be released, according to an Army spokesman, until the end of a review process that was likely to be conveniently lengthy, lasting at least until after the midterm elections. It has now been over six...
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man

    11/20/2014 5:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • GOP lawmaker: US military tried to pay ransom for Bergdahl

    11/06/2014 2:43:56 AM PST · by maggief · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 6, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that sources have told him that the U.S. military unsuccessfully tried to pay a ransom for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, despite repeated denials. In a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Hunter wrote "it has been brought to my attention that a payment was made to an Afghan intermediary who 'disappeared' with the money and failed to facilitate Bergdahl's release in return." Hunter said "according to sources" the payment was made between January and February 2014 through Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), a special operations command whose activities are mostly classified. Hunter...
  • Obama Paid Money to Al Qaeda for Bergdahl Release

    11/06/2014 9:10:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/6/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Except it didn’t work. In a letter to the Pentagon released Wednesday, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) said a payment was made to an Afghan intermediary early this year to help secure the May 31 release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held for nearly five years by the Haqqani Network in Pakistan, which is classified as a terrorist organization.Pentagon officials have denied paying cash to secure the release of Sgt. Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009. A senior defense official reiterated that denial when asked about Mr. Hunter’s letter.According to Mr. Hunter, the intermediary took the money...
  • Lawmaker Says ‘At Least 10′ Islamic State Fighters ... Captured at .. Southern U.S. Border

    10/10/2014 11:17:02 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 23 replies ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said Tuesday nightthat U.S. border officials have caught “at least 10″ Islamic State fighters or people with ties to the group as they tried to enter the U.S. through Mexico,a claim that was immediately disputed by the Obama administration. “I know that at least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas,”Hunter said on Fox News Tuesday night. “There’s nobody talking about it.” Rep. Duncan Hunter Claims "10 Isis Fighters" Caught At The Southern Border. Greta ( 3:23 ) When asked by host Greta Van Susteren how he knows this,...
  • JW Confirms: 4 ISIS Terrorists Arrested in Texas in Last 36 Hours

    10/08/2014 12:07:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 8, 2014
    Islamic terrorists have entered the United States through the Mexican border and Homeland Security sources tell Judicial Watch that four have been apprehended in the last 36 hours by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety in McAllen and Pharr. JW confirmed this after California Congressman Duncan Hunter, a former Marine Corp Major and member of the House Armed Services Committee, disclosed on national television that at least ten Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) fighters have been caught crossing the Mexican border in Texas. The veteran lawmaker got the astounding intel straight from U.S. Customs...
  • Congressman Duncan Hunter: Ten ISIS Fighters Caught Crossing US Border

    10/08/2014 11:46:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/08/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The first casualty of war is the truth. Unfortunately Obama’s politicization of the government into a pro-illegal alien organization has made its official statements untrustworthy forcing us to rely on individual whistleblowers from inside the organization. A Republican congressman claimed Tuesday that “at least 10″ Islamic State “fighters” have been caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas, though an administration official denied it.Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said he learned the information from the Border Patrol, warning that the alleged attempts to cross into the U.S. raise serious security concerns.Hunter continued: “I know that at least 10 ISIS fighters...
  • Feds: Armed Mexican troops, police regularly jump border to cross into U.S.

    06/17/2014 2:48:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    More than 500 armed Mexican troops or police have strayed across the border into the U.S. over the past decade, according to numbers the Homeland Security Department provided to Congress . ... Rep. Duncan Hunter ... said Mexico has been hypocritical in refusing to release Sgt. Tahmooressi even as its own troops and law enforcement are caught doing the same thing as the Marine. “It’s time for the U.S. to reconsider its treatment of the incidents and send a direct message to Mexico that incursions won’t be tolerated along the international border,”
  • ISTOOK: Marine veteran Rep. Hunter says Obama squandered America’s victory in Iraq

    06/13/2014 9:39:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Ernest Istook
    President Barack Obama has squandered America’s military victory in Iraq, says Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., California Republican and a former Marine major who served two combat tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. And the squandering of that victory could now lead to wider-than-ever fighting in the Mideast. “We won the war and it was done,” Mr. Hunter said. “He squandered that military victory for political reasons. This should upset everybody who put a yellow ribbon on their door or put a veterans sticker on their car and everybody who served or had friends or family who served.”...
  • ‘I don’t think Kerry gives a damn’: Administration hammered for silence on Marine held in Mexico

    05/22/2014 10:43:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 22, 2014 | Judson Berger
    President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are being accused of ignoring the plight of a U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on gun charges -- with no indication whether Kerry even brought up the case during high-level meetings this week in Mexico City. "I don't think Kerry gives a damn about this guy," Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., told on Thursday. The case of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is notable for the lack of public attention it's gotten from administration officials. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out in 2011 on American hikers imprisoned in Iran, and her husband even...
  • OUTRAGE: U.S. Marine Being Held in Brutal Mexican Prison – For Making a ‘Wrong Turn’ (Video)

    05/03/2014 7:38:55 AM PDT · by montag813 · 74 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-03-2014 | Brian Hayes
    Above: Afghanistan combat veteran Andrew Tahmooressi- by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsSo our last report saw Mexican troops invading our borders -- even drawing weapons on our agents on U.S. soil -- and facing absolutely no consequences by the Obama Adminstration. But let one American make a wrong turn into Mexico -- and there will be hell to pay. That's exactly what happened to a U.S. Marine veteran last month, after he accidentally drove into Mexico with three legally owned guns in his truck. And he has been rotting in a brutal Mexican jail in Tijuana ever since.California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter...
  • GOP Rep. Hunter slams reported proposal to ban tobacco sales on Navy bases, ships

    03/29/2014 3:21:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 28, 2014 |
    Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter is speaking out against a reported proposal being considered by the Navy to ban the sale of tobacco products on all its bases and ships, calling it a “political decision.” The Military Times reported Monday that Navy officials are considering removing tobacco from all retail outlets, including exchange-operated sales venues and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program outlets. Navy commissaries do not sell tobacco products. Hunter, a Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, said in a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus he strongly opposes the ban, saying it...
  • Mt. Soledad bill would end fed ownership

    01/03/2014 12:28:05 PM PST · by South40 · 10 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 1/3/2014 | Mark Walker
    Duncan Hunter legislation would transfer control of cross and site to Mount Soledad Memorial Association A bill directing the Pentagon to transfer the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial and its controversial cross out of the hands of the federal government was introduced in the House of Representatives Friday by Rep. Duncan Hunter. The Alpine Republican's bill would place the nation’s oldest Korean War memorial under the sole control of the Mount Soledad Memorial Association and keep the cross in place. The Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial Preservation Act specifically orders the Secretary of Defense to cede all rights, title and interest in...
  • Rep. Duncan Hunter on Megyn Kelly Calls for Chuck Hagel to Resign: "He Broke the Sacred Trust"

    10/10/2013 7:34:43 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 26 replies ^ | October 10, 2013 | You Tube
    - Rep. Duncan Hunter was on with Megyn Kelly again tonight to discuss the fact that Obama and Harry Reid had a change of heart and tonight Obama signed a bill to ensure military families get the death benefits they so deserve. Megyn Kelly made a great point during this, that if it was really a concern for the DoD that death benefits weren't going to be paid out to military families, that they would have come back to Congress 9 days ago and said fix it. But they never did, according to Hunter, who says that someone made a...
  • Military officials investigated over ‘lost’ Medal of Honor nomination

    09/26/2013 1:06:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 9/26/2013 | Jonathan S. Landay
    <p>A Pentagon investigation into how a Medal of Honor nomination was “lost” — possibly because of an improper effort to kill the award — is focused on its mishandling by members of the chain of command that included retired Army Gen. David Petraeus and other senior U.S. commanders.</p>
  • Hunter: Obama Inviting Impeachment If He Strikes Syria Without Congress

    09/09/2013 3:11:25 AM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 3, 2013 | Stephan Dinan
    Rep. Duncan Hunter said Tuesday that President Obama would be breaking the law and even inviting impeachment if he went ahead with strikes on Syria after a congressional rejection. “I think he’s breaking the law if he strikes without congressional approval,” Mr. Hunter, a California Republican, told The Washington Times. “And if he proceeds without Congress providing that authority, it should be considered an impeachable offense.” Mr. Obama this weekend sent Congress a draft resolution authorizing use of force to take out Syria’s facilities for weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons.
  • GOP lawmakers fight to save cross at California war memorial

    08/25/2013 4:52:35 PM PDT · by Innovative · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 24, 2013 | FoxNews
    Several Republican lawmakers are urging a federal district court in California to block the removal of a war memorial cross in a San Diego public park that was declared unconstitutional in 2011. "We're urging the court to permit a private organization to obtain and operate the war memorial – a remedy that would remove any constitutional questions and protect this longstanding tribute to our men and women in uniform," Sekulow said in a statement. The legal fight over the Mount Soledad cross began in 1989 when atheist Philip Paulson sued the city of San Diego.
  • HUNTER: President’s phony Iraq claim not up for debate Voted against war-ending surge

    10/24/2012 7:34:54 PM PDT · by Snuph · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | By Duncan L. Hunter
    I ended the war in Iraq” is now a standard claim by President Obama. He makes the assertion in every debate and public appearance. The claim is wrong. It’s phony, and it’s made by a politician who tried relentlessly to block America’s most successful strategic operation of the war: the “surge.” On Feb. 5, 2007, and a few weeks later on Feb. 17, Sen. Obama voted against the surge. Among military analysts and historians, the surge of 20,000 additional troops into Iraq during the spring of 2007 is credited with reducing attacks on American troops and sectarian violence by 70...
  • Jobless Stats Reveal Disparities As economy Starts To Recover [9.8% Counting Given-Ups!]

    03/09/2012 10:49:29 AM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 09, 2012
    Jobless Stats Reveal Disparities As economy Starts To Recover March 09, 2012 While the Labor Department reports a surge in private-sector hiring and the nation's unemployment rate holding steady at 8.3 percent, a closer look at the numbers paints a less flattering picture of the country's post-recession growth. The latest report for February shows lingering economic disparities among different segments of the population. And, as has been the case for decades, the unemployment rate used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not tell the whole story. Counting only those Americans who are actively looking for work, the jobless rate...
  • Immunity from Justice: Attorney General Holder frees drug suspect and prosecutes lawman

    11/21/2011 8:39:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 21, 2011 | The Editors
    Lady Justice has tossed aside her blindfold and tipped her scale. A border-crossing drug smuggler walks free while the officer who arrested him has been jailed. In the age of Obama, the law has been turned upside down. U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jesus E. Diaz Jr. is set to spend the next two years behind bars after being sentenced last month for what the Justice Department called deprivation of an illegal-immigrant suspect’s constitutional right to freedom from the use of unreasonable force. The unnamed Mexican suspect, who was 15 at the time of his arrest in 2008, received immunity from...
  • Everyone[sic] Single Republican is a Frontrunner Except Rick Santorum

    10/09/2011 1:13:09 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 42 replies
    Reason ^ | October 4 2011 | Lucy Steigerwald
    ... Maybe there’s something else about Santorum that just rubs the average Republican the wrong way, or causes the average Republican to ignore him. ...
  • Sarah Palin Will Not Run for President

    10/05/2011 3:28:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 302 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 5, 2011 | Polson Kanneth
    Sarah Palin will not run for president. She made the announcement in a letter to supporters Wednesday night. Read Palin’s letter here: October 5, 2011 Wasilla, Alaska After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order. My decision is based upon a review of what common sense...
  • Mark Levin: Sarah Palin NOT running in 2012

    10/05/2011 3:17:46 PM PDT · by TheBigB · 1,709 replies · 2+ views
    Facebook ^ | 10/5 | Mark Levin
    Take it for what you will...posted on Mark's page just now: BREAKING: GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN TELLS MARK LEVIN SHE IS NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012.
  • Duncan Hunter on FNC now - re: Tea Party

    07/31/2011 10:07:35 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 10 replies
    Just a heads up.
  • Duncan Hunter: Reagan 'Would Never Be Elected Today' Because He's A 'Moderate/Former Liberal'(Video)

    07/20/2011 6:23:17 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 38 replies
    Little Green Footballs ^ | July 5th | Duncan Hunter (VIDEO)
    (WARNING: The video on LGF goes to Soros Funded Think Progress. I didn't know why LGF linked to them at first, but I can't find the video anywhere else.)HUNTER: This is it folks. This is it. There is nothing after 2012. [...] I don’t care if it’s a more moderate/former liberal like Ronald Reagan, who would never be elected today in my opinion. If it’s someone like him or a hardcore conservative, you gotta elect the most winnable person this time. I know it sounds bad, but Congress makes the law. You’ve got a conservative Congress. You’re one third there....
  • In reversal, federal court orders immediate end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy(9th U.S. Circuit)

    07/06/2011 1:10:04 PM PDT · by fwdude · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 07/06/11 | Associated Press
    By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, July 6, 2:34 PM SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has barred further enforcement of the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Wednesday the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy must be immediately lifted now that the Obama administration says it’s unconstitutional to treat gay Americans differently under the law.
  • Congressman Prefers Fallen Marine as Name on Navy Cargo Vessel

    05/18/2011 11:26:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2011 | Stephan Clark
    The Navy's weighing a decision to name a cargo ship now under construction after labor activist Cesar Chavez has drawn sharp criticism from one veteran lawmaker who says that a military war hero should receive the honor instead. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he understands the Navy's desire to honor Hispanic leaders, but the Navy may want to skip the politically divisive names and opt for an outstanding service member. "If this decision were about recognizing the Hispanic community's contribution to our nation, many other names come to mind, including Marine Corps Sergeant Rafael...
  • San Diego area Rep. Duncan Hunter criticizes Navy's decision to name ship for Cesar Chavez

    05/17/2011 5:58:51 PM PDT · by The Bronze Titan · 56 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | May 17, 2011 | LA TIMES
    U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) disagrees with the Navy's decision to name a cargo ship under construction in San Diego for California farm labor leader Cesar Chavez. The decision, announced Tuesday, "appear[s] to be more about making a political statement than upholding the Navy's history and tradition," Hunter said in press release....
  • House Panel Votes to Delay Gays in the Military

    05/14/2011 3:24:55 AM PDT · by UniqueViews · 13 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 11, 2011 | AP
    A House panel approved a defense bill early Thursday that would delay President Obama's new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military and limit the commander in chief's authority on slashing the nation's nuclear arsenal. By a vote of 60-1, the House Armed Services Committee approved the broad, $553 billion defense blueprint that would provide a 1.6 percent increase in military pay, fund an array of aircraft, ships and submarines, slightly increase health care fees for working-age retirees and meet the Pentagon's request for an additional $118 billion to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The committee, on...
  • How Do They Decide Who Gets Included in the Debates?

    04/24/2011 4:10:07 PM PDT · by DeskCaptain · 12 replies
    Elephant Watcher ^ | April 24, 2011
    The question of which candidates get invited to the primary debates can be a tricky one. In any given year, the field of presidential candidates is vast. It includes many candidates who have never held office or who have almost no name recognition. It includes some serious candidates and likely frontrunners. And it includes a lot of candidates who fall somewhere between....
  • Obama's Libya Strategy Earns Unlikely Endorsement

    03/28/2011 10:15:59 AM PDT · by John W · 33 replies
    The Talk Radio News Service ^ | March 28, 2011 | Staff
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) says he agrees with how President Obama has used the nation’s military to handle the crisis in Libya. In a phone interview with The Hill newspaper, Hunter defended Obama against critics on the right and the left who have questioned his decision to use force against Libyan strongman Moammer Qaddafi. “I agree with the president. I agree with what he’s done so far on his use of force. I agree on his timing. I agree on the fact that he went in with a coalition,” Hunter said. A former Marine captain who did combat tours in...
  • President Obama acted correctly on Libya

    03/28/2011 11:49:31 AM PDT · by logician2u · 87 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | MARCH 26, 2011 | DUNCAN D. HUNTER
    Any decision involving the commitment of American military personnel and combat resources is never easy. It requires as much personal reflection as it does strategic evaluation, all with the understanding of what is at stake and what is at risk. With Libya, it is improbable to think that the decision to create and enforce a no-fly zone was treated any differently. The president and his administration were confronted with a tough choice. Either avoid the fight altogether and watch a humanitarian crisis unfold, or stand with the international community to protect others and assist rebel elements that are outnumbered and...
  • Hunter introduces bipartisan border enforcement bill

    03/15/2011 9:41:23 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 1+ views
    San Diego Source ^ | 3/15/11 | staff
    U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation, the Unlawful Border Entry Prevention Act, to allow for additional infrastructure to be built along the Southwest border. The bill provides the Secretary of Homeland Security with full discretionary authority to build as much as 350 miles of additional infrastructure on the border. The legislation is co-sponsored by congressmen Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Vista’s Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Ted Poe (R-Texas). It follows a report by the Government Accountability Office, stating that only 44 percent of the Southwest border is under operation...
  • Rep. Hunter proposes more border fencing

    03/15/2011 9:37:34 PM PDT · by pissant · 2 replies · 1+ views
    San DIego Union Trib ^ | 3/15/11 | Beth Aguilera
    A bill introduced in Congress today could lead to an additional 350 miles of fencing along the southwest border and would require the Department of Homeland Security to report to Congress when apprehension activity climbs 40 percent year over year, if it is approved. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, authored the bill, titled “Unlawful Border Entry Prevention Act,” in response to a Government Accountability Report that found 44 percent of the southwest border is under “operational control” and 15 percent is totally secure. The legislation is co-sponsored by Republicans Brian Bilbray, Solana Beach, Ed Royce, Fullerton, and Ted Poe, Texas, and...

    03/15/2011 9:33:13 PM PDT · by pissant · 6 replies · 1+ views
    East County Times ^ | 3/15/11 | Mason Herron
    March 7, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) recently introduced legislation aimed at curtailing what he views as frivolous lawsuits against small businesses that are allegedly in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The bill, entitled the ADA Notification Act, would provide businesses accused of an ADA violation with a 90-day grace period to make necessary modifications. “It’s bad enough that small businesses are facing enormous challenges due to the current economic downturn,” Rep. Hunter said in a press release. “What they don’t need to contend with are any other unnecessary obstacles that...
  • Marines Attempt to Define Future Amid Budget Cuts

    02/13/2011 3:16:51 AM PST · by Scanian · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 13, 2011 | AP
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A faster, high-tech seafaring tank for U.S. Marines has hit countless setbacks and cost overruns during the past two decades, and now it is one of the pricier items on the Defense Department's budget-cutting list. Even the Marine Corps' top brass agrees the estimated $12 billion program has to go. But that doesn't mean the debate is over. A group of Republican lawmakers is questioning the Marine Corps leadership's sudden change of heart over the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. Generals have long said the amphibious tank under development had come to symbolize the force's very identity and...
  • 4 More CA Members Co-Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act (Bilbray, Calvert, Campbell & Hunter)

    02/11/2011 3:12:43 PM PST · by pissant · 5 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | 2/10/11 | staff
    Reps. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), John Campbell (R-Calif.), and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). All four Members signed onto the bill shortly after it was introduced in the 112th Congress. The bill currently has 56 cosponsors and amends current U.S. code to require at least one parent to be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident for a new born to receive automatic citizenship. The Fourteenth Amendment extends citizenship to all persons born in the U.S. and "subject to the jurisdiction"; it also grants Congress the...
  • GOP Rep. Hunter: Don't Cut Defense Budget Now

    02/05/2011 4:19:49 PM PST · by pissant · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/5/11 | Hiram Meisner
    Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., says the Egyptian turmoil and the threat of rising tensions in the Mideast make it the wrong time for Congress to consider slashing the defense budget, despite calls from some of his GOP colleagues that cuts are needed to contain the soaring national debt. “I disagree with those in my own party who think that we have to cut duncan,hunter,defense,budgetdefense now for appearances’ sake, so that we seem like we are serious about taking on the national debt and the deficit,” Hunter – a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – said in an...
  • HUNTER: Let Marines be Marines - Defense cuts that hobble amphibious landings are foolish

    01/25/2011 11:00:37 PM PST · by pissant · 50 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/25/11 | Duncan D. Hunter
    When the conversation about achieving budget savings within the Pentagon started gaining momentum about a year ago, there was no disagreement on the value of identifying efficiencies and redirecting dollars to modernization and development - where funding is needed most. The annual defense budget is by no means exempt from the spending debate, but Congress and the administration must exercise a certain degree of caution when agreeing to any cuts without first considering their implication. The renewed focus on finding budget savings and efficiencies is necessary and long overdue. For defense, the budget is not sacrosanct. It can be cut...
  • Congressman attempts to block 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

    01/15/2011 12:55:22 PM PST · by pissant · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/15/11 | Diedre Walsh
    The repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy may hit a road block in Congress next week. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, is drafting a bill that would change how - and possibly if - the repeal is implemented. The repeal law passed in December requires the president, defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to certify that the military is ready for the change. Hunter's bill would require the four service chiefs to also sign off on the policy change. At a December hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Army, Marine Corps and...
  • House Republican aims to put brakes on repeal of 'Don't ask, don't tell' (Hunter, of course)

    01/14/2011 12:19:30 PM PST · by pissant · 18 replies
    THe Hill ^ | 1/14/11 | John Bennett
    A member of the House Armed Services Committee plans to introduce legislation next week designed to put the brakes on repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay troops. The measure by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) would add the four military service chiefs to the list of those who must sign off on repealing the policy before it can be officially scrapped. Hunter, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, is concerned that the bill passed in December repealing the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy “excluded the service chiefs from the certification process,” said one congressional aide. The repeal bill, signed...