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South Carolina Army Guard's 1st female general steps down, says women going far

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 21:57
The first woman to become a general officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard says she has experienced "a period of great change" during her 37 years in uniform, including vast changes for women.

Netanyahu's election rhetoric in Israel may help rein in settler movement

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 18:47
Set in rocky hills just half an hour's drive east of the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv, this Jewish settlement has the air of a placid suburb. Mothers with baby carriages chat outside the dry cleaner.

Schock’s red walls opened the door to more scrutiny

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 17:00
No one in Congress likes serving on the ethics committees judging their colleagues, and most of what they do is kept secret. Members pick up on ethics the way teenagers pick up on sex, by word of mouth.

Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, dies at 91

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 16:01
Lee Kuan Yew, who founded modern Singapore and was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nations, died Monday, the government said. He was 91.

US trains Iraqi forces as battle for Tikrit continues

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 13:43
As the U.S. mission to Iraq expands, so do its efforts to arm and train the country's security forces to combat the Islamic State group, with large-scale operations continuing to recapture territory from the Sunni militants.

Museumgoers see combat through veterans’ art

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 12:30
The weight of a metal canteen; the weight of a hand grenade; the weight of trauma. One Chicago art museum aims to give visitors better appreciation for the burdens carried by troops — largely through the eyes of veterans.

In artist’s project, veterans’ words complete their portraits

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 12:25
As bombs fell on Baghdad and Kabul, Matt Mitchell went about his normal routine, an unaffected spectator while troops died overseas.

Lawmakers: Funding education for Texas veterans is too high

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 12:01
They signed up to fight for their country, and the state of Texas promised to pay for their education. Now, amid rising legacy costs, policymakers must carefully balance state politics and fiscal conservativism with commitments made to veterans during World War II.

Afghan president pursues peace with Taliban, his way

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:52
When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visits the White House on Tuesday, it will highlight how much U.S. relations with Kabul have improved during his six months in office. The Obama administration has already indicated that it will heed Ghani’s request to slow the withdrawal of American forces, keeping thousands more troops in Afghanistan in 2016 than had been planned.

Afghan president pursues peace with Taliban, his way

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:35
Given the rancorous end to President Hamid Karzai’s decade-plus tenure, U.S.-Afghan ties were bound to improve with a change in leadership. A more surprising development has been Ghani’s outreach to the other key player in the Afghan conflict: the Taliban.

CIA director: Iran general 'destabilizing' efforts in Iraq

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:24
The leader of Iran's elite Quds Force is contributing to instability in Iraq and complicating the U.S. mission against terrorism with his command of some of the Iraqi forces battling Islamic State militants, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency said.

Confederate battle flag at center of Supreme Court free speech case

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:03
Texas commemorates the Confederacy in many ways, from an annual celebration of Confederate Heroes Day each January. But you're out of luck if you want to put that flag on your license plate. Texas says that would be offensive.

Aden: Refuge of Yemen's president and target of his enemies

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 10:26
Driven out of the capital, Sanaa, by Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the north, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the remains of his government have made Aden their provisional capital. If they lose here, Hadi - the man the U.S. had hoped would stabilize the chaotic nation and fight al-Qaida's powerful branch - likely will fall, plunging Yemen into a civil war.

Fear and loathing worked, but it cost Israel

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 10:00
It’s hard to think of a campaign that has done so much damage, or brought such disgrace upon the victor, as Netanyahu’s. He’s given “winning ugly” a bad name.

A middle way to resolve the Obamacare case

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 09:30
some commentators suggest that an adverse ruling in King v. Burwell would fatally undermine the Affordable Care Act by unraveling the employer mandate. They exaggerate.

Health insurance industry stirring up Mediscare 2.0

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 09:13
A complete market-oriented overhaul of the entire Medicare program is a political nonstarter, of course, so the bureaucrats in charge of Medicare Advantage yank on the policy levers that Congress gave them.

US pullout from Afghanistan hinged to developing forces

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 09:06
The pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will headline Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's visit to Washington, yet America's exit from the war remains tightly hinged to the abilities of the Afghan forces that face a tough fight against insurgents this spring.

US anti-drugs work in Colombia uses cancer-linked herbicide

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 08:15
New labeling on the world's most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that underpins U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops.

Afghanistan buries woman beaten to death by mob

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 07:34
Afghan women's rights activists dressed head-to-toe in black broke with tradition Sunday to carry the coffin of a woman who was beaten to death by a mob in the capital Kabul over allegations she had burned a Quran.
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