November 20, 2013 |
This week, the Senate takes up a White House-backed defense authorization bill that would reduce the restrictions on repatriating Yemeni nationals held in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. These changes are long overdue. Many of these detainees are eligible for transfer, which would be a significant step in closing Gitmo. However, to minimize the significant risk of them joining Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, and engaging in terrorism, the U.S. should first establish a rehabilitation center for them in Yemen, based on a Saudi Arabia model, with a rigorous post-release monitoring program.
November 10, 2013 |
Just in time for Veterans Day, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, announced last week that his department had reduced its backlog of overdue disability claims from more than 600,000 in March to about 400,000. "The trend line is in the right direction," Shinseki told reporters, noting that the VA had cut the number of claims older than a year by 93%. With hundreds of thousands of cases still unresolved, Shinseki hasn't gotten much credit so far - but to the surprise of his critics, he's on track to achieve his goal of eliminating the backlog by 2015.
November 5, 2013 |
DALLAS - Kobe Bryant is now delivering head fakes and double-pump fadeaways on the Internet. This could have been predicted when he joined Twitter this year, and you could almost see him grinning while hammering out the vague phrases "blackout" and "bearhunt" presumably on his smartphone Tuesday morning. Let the guessing game begin. The theories were plenty. The "blackout" could have been a strenuous workout by Bryant in his continued recovery from a torn Achilles' tendon.
October 30, 2013 |
You're Chris Brown - you got in a thing Sunday that led to a day and a half behind bars looking at a felony assault charge in D.C., then saw that reduced to a misdemeanor charge on Monday when they let you go on your own recognizance. What do you do next? Go to rehab, of course. Perhaps it's "preventative" rehab , as Charlie Sheen's attorney once put it when the Warlock was looking at an assault charge of his own back in 2010. "His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point," a representative for the singer said in a statement confirming his entry to rehab, obtained by L.A. Now on Tuesday.
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October 29, 2013 |
Singer Chris Brown has checked into rehab a day after his appearance in a Washington, D.C., court over an assault charge that could have implications for his probation in Los Angeles. "Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility," a representative for the singer said in a statement Tuesday. "His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point. " Brown pleaded not guilty Monday in Washington, D.C., to a misdemeanor assault charge that prosecutors reduced from a felony.
October 29, 2013 |
Following an arrest and facing a charge for misdemeanor assault, Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility, a rep for the singer told The Times late Tuesday. “His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point,” his rep Nicole Perna said in a short statement. No specific details were given on what Brown would be treated for, or where. PHOTOS: Celebrity meltdowns Brown recently had a felony assault charge reduced to a misdemeanor after a scuffle in front of a Washington, D.C., hotel landed the oft-embattled R&B singer and his bodyguard behind bars.