Aug 12, 2013, 12:13 pm EDT
Arizona Senator John McCain told Fox News Sunday that young Americans consider NSA leaker Edward Snowden a hero and likened him to a popular movie character who strikes back at his government.
McCain said that Snowden is being seen as “some kind of Jason Bourne” — a film series hero who fights a corrupt U.S. government program to shine a light on its shady operations. He said that changes will have to be made to ensure that the younger generation do not continue to view government in such a way.
“Young Americans do not trust this government,” McCain told Fox News. “Without trusting government you can’t do a lot of things.” Read
Aug 12, 2013, 11:37 am EDT
Minor drug offenders will avoid federal charges that could lead to mandatory prison terms under a new set for reforms.
On Monday, the changes will be outlined by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder when he addresses an American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco. Holder’s proposals would affect drug offenders who aren’t linked to gangs or drug cartels, the Washington Post notes.
Holder will argue that stiff mandatory sentencing guidelines for minor, non-violent offenders helps foster “a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.” Federal prosecutors across the country will be instructed to frame charges so as not to incur the mandatory minimum sentences. Read
Aug 8, 2013, 11:40 am EDT
Military personal with same-sex spouses may be granted 10 days leave to marry by the Pentagon.
A memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to top defense leaders would reverse an earlier plan to give same-sex spouses benefits, including access to military stores and some health and welfare programs. Hagel claims that the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act has already afforded these benefits and more to the spouses of same-sex military personal. Also included in the memo is a plan to allow up to 10 days of leave for military personal with same-sex spouses to marry. The extended leave would give same-sex couples a chance to travel to states that allow same-sex marriage. The Defense Department estimates that there are about 18,000 same-sex couples in the military, though it doesn’t know how many of them are married, reports the Associated Press.
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