November 6, 2013 |
Starbucks wants the country's defenders to return from the front lines on its payroll, pledging to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years. In an initiative organized in part by Starbucks board member and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Seattle coffee giant said it hopes to tap the unique communication, leadership and problem-solving skills developed by veterans and their families. “This is not a charity initiative,” said Starbucks Chief Community Officer Blair Taylor in an interview this week.
November 1, 2013 |
Rachel Poole was at home in Texas this week, nine months pregnant and talking on the phone with her husband, Justin, who was thousands of miles away, deployed overseas with the U.S. Army. But neither knew that a man armed with a knife had broken into their east El Paso home. The intruder stabbed Rachel Poole multiple times in the face and body. Poole screamed as her husband listened helplessly, police said. After the attacker fled, Rachel Poole called 911 and was taken to a local hospital, where police said she was in critical condition Thursday.
November 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the head of the National Guard “to take immediate action” to ensure that same-sex spouses of guard personnel in nine states - including Texas, Florida and South Carolina - are allowed to register for full benefits an receive identification cards giving them access to military bases in keeping with a Pentagon policy that went into effect in September. Despite the new policy, National Guard commanders in those nine states, which do not permit same-sex marriages, have refused to register gay spouses at guard installations.
October 2, 2013 |
As veterans continued to liberate lightly barricaded national monuments in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the federal government shutdown stands to hit children and the disadvantaged particularly hard if the days wear on. Here's a tour of some of the more inconvenient closures that will become collateral damage in Capitol Hill's fight over federal healthcare spending. 1. Kids with cancer turned away from clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins has said that about 200 patients -- including 30 kids, mostly with cancer -- would be turned away from clinical trials each week with three-fourths of the institutes' staff furloughed, according to the Wall Street Journal. As the Washington Post's Brad Plumer adds , citing a government memo , clinical trial participants typically enroll "only when standard medical treatments have failed, and other treatment options are not available.
October 1, 2013 |
If Nancy Reagan ever dropped in on Texas, she would make a foursome: four past and present Republican First Ladies, all married to anti-abortion politicians, and yet who themselves, to varying degrees, support a right to abortion. Anita Perry, wife of the super-duper pro-lifer Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who just signed into law very stringent abortion regulations, let it slip over the weekend that she regards abortion as “a woman's right.” She answered a question at the Texas Tribune festival with an equivocal-sounding response - that she and her husband agree on abortion - but with an eyebrow-raising kicker: It's a “difficult” question, she said, “because I see it as a women's right.
September 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Spouses of veterans in same-sex marriages will be allowed to collect federal benefits, the Obama administration announced Wednesday in a move following the Supreme Court decision that struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act in June. President Obama directed the executive branch to stop enforcing two provisions that restricted the U.S. from awarding spousal benefits to veterans in legal gay marriages. The provisions define "spouse" as a "person of the opposite sex," Atty.