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  • Humanist services lacking in the military, advocates tell Congress

    The American military might reflect the diversity of society, but its chaplains are falling short when it comes to representing nontheistic beliefs, said the American Humanist Association at its first congressional hearing on Tuesday.

  • FILE - In this May 5, 2014, file photo, the U.S. Capitol building is seen through the columns on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington. The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial footing for the long term. The bill by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp cobbles together $10.8 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through May 2015. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Humanists hit the Hill to press for 'nontheistic' chaplains

    The American military might reflect the diversity of society, but its chaplains are falling short when it comes to representing nontheistic believers in the ranks, the American Humanist Association told a Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday.

  • NAPOLITANO: When another Iraq war is pointless

    As we watch the collapsing government in Baghdad, surrounded by a highly disciplined and serious force of Sunni-oriented fighters that has taken control of the most populous third of the country, we must, in John Adams' words, resist the temptation to slay the world's monsters.

  • A man tries to protect a Ukrainian police officer beaten by a pro-Russian mob that stormed a police station in Horlivka, eastern Ukraine, Monday. A pro-Russian mob seized a police building in yet another city in Russian-leaning eastern Ukraine, defying government warnings that it was preparing to act against the insurgents. (Associated Press)

    Red tape in U.S. ties up critical gear for Ukraine

    The Obama administration is withholding urgently needed military equipment from Ukraine, including night-vision goggles, based on a restrictive definition of "nonlethal" aid, according to a bipartisan assessment of Ukraine's military needs.

  • This Dec. 5, 2013 photo shows director Peter Berg, from left, actor Mark Wahlberg and former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in New York. In the age of the superhero, the movies' most reliable real-life hero has been the Navy SEAL. "Lone Survivor," starring Mark Wahlberg, is the latest in a string of films, including "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Act of Valor" to honor the Navy's special operations force with as much faithfulness as the filmmakers could muster. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

    'Lone Survivor' a brutal tribute to Navy SEALs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Luttrell, the former Navy SEAL whose deadly mission in Afghanistan has been turned into the film "Lone Survivor," strides into a hotel room for an interview, trailed by his service dog, Mr. Rigby.

  • Stars and Stripes faces closure if it loses the Battle of Budget Cuts

    Stars and Stripes — long may it wave? Maybe not. The venerable newspaper that has reported independent news about the American military since the Civil War finds itself on the budget-cutting front lines.

  • Proponents of religion push for more freedom of expression in the military

    There are famously no atheists in foxholes, but some conservatives say that the American military is not giving a fair shake to soldiers, sailors and Marines who want to practice their faith and express their beliefs more openly.

  • Afghan security guards stand by the remnants of a tire burned during an anti-U.S. demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, in February. In recent years, allied troops lived and trained with their Afghan counterparts. But killings of allied troops took a toll in trust. The Pentagon said Tuesday that it has stopped training Afghan troops and working with them below battalion level. (Associated Press)

    Pentagon ends more mingling of U.S., Afghan troops

    The 2-year-old U.S. practice of mixing American and Afghan forces 24 hours a day has produced cultural clashes that have led to an increase of "green-on-blue" slayings of U.S. troops in which Afghan security personnel turn their weapons on their trainers, says an adviser to U.S. commanders and policymakers.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (right) talks with Chief Mate Fred Cullen as he takes a boat out to the USNS Richard E. Byrd in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, on Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

    Panetta wants more U.S. access to Vietnam harbor

    From the flight deck of the USS Richard E. Byrd, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta could look out across Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay toward the South China Sea.

  • **FILE** Navy Lt. Gary Ross (right) and Dan Swezy exchange wedding vows early on Sept. 20, 2011, in Duxbury, Vt., at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Justice of the Peace Greg Trulson (center) officiated. (Associated Press)

    As ban ends, Navy officer, partner wed in Vt.

    Just as the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy took effect, Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner were married before a small group of family and friends.

  • U.N. envoy Ad Melkert gives an interview to the Associated Press in Baghdad on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. The top U.N. diplomat in Iraq, Mr. Melkert discussed the challenges Iraqis have ahead in his last interview before leaving the country after two years there. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    U.N. concerned about Iraq strength before U.S. exit

    The U.N.'s outgoing top diplomat in Iraq on Sunday said the government in Baghdad must determine whether its security forces are strong enough to thwart violence before requiring U.S. troops to leave at the end of the year.

  • Illustration: Newt 2012 by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    WALKER: Newt: Agent of change

    For the more than 30 years I have known Newt Gingrich, he always has been an agent of change.

  • Illustration: Forced intimacy by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    GAFFNEY: Introducing 'forced intimacy'

    It is a sad and potentially fatal fact that most Americans know virtually nothing about the U.S. military. That astounding reality is all the more incredible given that our survival ultimately depends on the men and women in uniform who defend this country.

  • Rep. Ike Skelton, Missouri Democrat, is worried about a chasm developing between the U.S. military and the public after he leaves Congress. (Associated Press)

    Skelton concerned over military needs after he leaves Hill

    Departing House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton said Thursday that he fears a chasm will develop between U.S. military troops and the rest of the citizenry.

  • Illustration by Alex Hunter

    DONNELLY: Homosexual left flubs military culture war

    Liberals of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) left are really angry now. On Sept. 21, despite their multimillion-dollar public-relations and lobbying campaign, the U.S. Senate refused to impose a radical social experiment on the American military. Had the LGBT forces prevailed, military men and women would be required to pay the price. Liberals in Congress don't care - in the debate so far, they have treated the troops as an afterthought.

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