America’s Military Cities

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You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. America’s Military Cities By Samuel Stebbins and Evan Comen of 24/7 Wall St. | President Donald J. Trump traveled to Fort Drum in upstate New York last month to sign the National Defense Authorization Act into law. The bill authorizes $717 billion in military spending for fiscal 2019, a more than $80 billion increase from the previous year. The 2019 defense budget will be the largest it has been since the height of the Iraq War in 2011.
While the bill covers a wide range of state-of-the-art military weapons systems — as well as strategic defense technology designed for use in outer space — much of it goes directly to military servicemen and women.
Included in this year’s bill is a 2.6% raise for active duty servicemen and women — the largest increase in pay in nearly a decade. The bill will also allocate billions of dollars to spousal and community support, child care for military chi..

Ronan Farrow Fires Back at NBC Over Weinstein Report Memo

Ronan Farrow Fires Back at NBC Over Weinstein Report Memo

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Ronan Farrow Fires Back at NBC Over Weinstein Report Memo: ‘I Was Being Blocked From Further Reporting’ Mediaite 4 hrs ago Joseph A. Wulfsohn © Provided by Mediaite, LLC Ronan Farrow Late on Monday night, journalist Ronan Farrow responded to the memo NBC News has circulated about their handling of his explosive report on Harvey Weinstein.
NBC News Chairman Andy Lack sent a memo to his staff pushing back against accusations that they tried to “kill” Farrow’s report, laying out their own timeline of events as well as listing all the attempts Weinstein and his legal team made to squash the story.
Well, Farrow issued a brief statement on Twitter.
“I’ve avoided commenting on the specifics of NBC’s role in the Weinstein story to keep the focus on the women and their allegations. But executives there have now produced a memo that contains numerous false or misleading statements,” Farrow wrote. “So I’ll say briefly: their list of sources is incomplete and omits women who were either identified..

Advocate for Women, or Threat? Differing Views of Kavanaugh Emerge

Advocate for Women, or Threat? Differing Views of Kavanaugh Emerge

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An Advocate for Women or a Threat? As Hearings Begin, Differing Views of Kavanaugh Emerge The New York Times 5 hrs ago By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG © Erin Schaff for The New York Times Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, center, on Capitol Hill in August. WASHINGTON — Two wildly different portraits of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh are set to emerge on Tuesday when he appears on Capitol Hill for the opening of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. One is a champion for women; the other a threat to women’s rights.
Republicans will present Judge Kavanaugh to the nation as an experienced, independent-minded jurist with a sparkling résumé, and as an advocate and mentor for women in the judiciary. Among the cases they will cite: his 2009 ruling in favor of Emily’s List, the group that backs Democratic women who support abortion rights.
Democrats will tell an entirely different story, painting Judge Kavanaugh as a far-right extremist who would roll back abortion rights, deny health coverage to people with pr..

Sasse slams Trump’s Sessions attack: US ‘not some banana republic’

Sasse slams Trump’s Sessions attack: US ‘not some banana republic’

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Republican senator slams Trump's DOJ attack: US 'not some banana republic' The Hill 11 hrs ago Michael Burke © Provided by The Hill Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) slams President Trump for his latest attack against the Department of Justice. Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.) rebuked President Trump's latest attack against the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday, warning Trump that the United States “is not some banana republic.”
Sasse condemned Trump's tweets Monday afternoon in which the president criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for pursuing criminal charges against two GOP congressmen.
Trump argued that Sessions should have taken into account the political ramifications of pursuing the cases against GOP Reps. Chris Collins (N.Y.) and Duncan Hunter (Calif.), who were both early backers of Trump.
“The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice – one for the majority party and one for the minority party,” Sasse responded in..

Lawyer releases thousands of documents hours before Kavanaugh hearings

Lawyer releases thousands of documents hours before Kavanaugh hearings

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Hours before Kavanaugh nomination hearings, Bush lawyer releases 42,000 pages of documents to Judiciary Committee The Washington Post 3 hrs ago Fred Barbash, Seung Min Kim © Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post The witness table is prepared for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Hours before the start of hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the lawyer for former president George W. Bush turned over 42,000 pages of documents from the nominee’s service in the Bush White House, angering Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, who issued what is certain to be a futile call to delay the proceedings.
“Not a single senator will be able to review these records before tomorrow,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted Monday evening.
Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles..

McCain’s final months: ‘A man in a hurry all the way to the end’

McCain’s final months: ‘A man in a hurry all the way to the end’

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John McCain's final months: 'A man in a hurry all the way to the end' USA TODAY 7 hrs ago Dan Nowicki © Charles Dharapak/AP Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, talks to longtime political adviser Rick Davis on Feb. 6, 2008. Davis remains in McCain's inner circle, but McCain has yet to name a campaign manager for his 2016 re-election bid. WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain's life took on a fierce urgency after he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017, and he moved quickly to complete his final projects even as his health challenges sequestered him at his family home near Sedona, a close friend told The Arizona Republic.
McCain also never gave up hope that he might someday return to the U.S. Senate and until his April surgery for an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis was plotting a possible Capitol Hill comeback.
Rick Davis, a longtime member of McCain's inner circle who visited McCain frequently this year at the McCains' Cornville property, revea..

Growth Lifts Counties That Voted for Trump. Mostly the Wealthy Ones

Growth Lifts Counties That Voted for Trump. Mostly the Wealthy Ones

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Growth Has Lifted Counties That Voted for Trump. Mostly, It’s the Wealthy Ones. The New York Times 7 hrs ago By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON, JIM TANKERSLEY and WHITTEN SABBATINI © Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times Jazmín Méndez’s home in Ponce, P.R. Ms. Méndez was among the last residential customers of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to have service restored after Hurricane Maria. ST. CHARLES, Mo. — The prosperity is apparent on the way into town: the 21-floor casino resort and spa on one side of the interstate, and on the other a freshly built retail quarter of boutiques, a brand-new Hilton hotel and a P.F. Chang’s. It unfolds from there along the highways heading west with more gleaming office parks and multiplying subdivisions.
This is not the Trump country of the popular imagination, the land of shuttered plants and the economically left behind. St. Charles County, in the suburbs northwest of St. Louis, has had the highest median household income in Missouri for several ye..

What to watch for as senators consider Kavanaugh nomination

What to watch for as senators consider Kavanaugh nomination

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What to watch for as senators consider Kavanaugh nomination Associated Press 3 hrs ago © The Associated Press In this Aug. 7, 2018, photo. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington. America is about to get its first extended look at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set for a week of marathon hearings before the Judiciary Committee, where senators will drill down into the judge's background, writings and legal philosophy.
Republicans who mostly back President Donald Trump's pick are focusing on Kavanaugh's 12-year career as an appellate court judge, which has produced more than 300 opinions. Democrats are expec..

Trump hits Sessions over GOP indictments

Trump hits Sessions over GOP indictments

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‘Two easy wins now in doubt’: Trump renews attack on Sessions The Washington Post 7 hrs ago Josh Dawsey © Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP In this Aug. 31, 2018 photo, President Trump gestures while speaking at the Harris Conference Center in Charlotte, N.C. President Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department on Monday in connection with the indictments of two GOP congressmen on corruption charges, saying they could hurt the Republican Party in the midterm elections.
“Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department,” he said on Twitter. “Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time.”
“Good job Jeff……” he added, in a sarcastic comment. Calling the agency the “Jeff Sessions Justice Department” is the president’s ultimate insult, Trump advisers say.
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Advisers say Joe Biden to decide on a 2020 run by January

Advisers say Joe Biden to decide on a 2020 run by January

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Advisers say Joe Biden to decide on a 2020 run by January Associated Press 1 hr ago © The Associated Press FILE – In this June 29, 2018, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the media in Cincinnati. Biden is convinced he can beat President Donald Trump, friends and advisers say, and he has given himself until January to deliberate and size up potential competition for the Democratic nomination, according to people who have spoken to the former vice president about his decision making. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) DES MOINES, Iowa — Shortly after Joe Biden boarded a recent flight from Washington to New York, a string of passengers began stopping at his seat in coach to deliver some version of the same message: Run, Joe, run.
“We're with you,” one said, according to a Democratic strategist who happened to be on the plane and witnessed the scene. “You've got to do this,” said another.
Biden himself is more conflicted — but he is listening keenly to the suppor..