Obama, Rep. Scalise talk jobs in Labor Day weekend addresses
September 1st, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Rep. Scalise talk jobs in Labor Day weekend addresses

(CNN) – President Barack Obama and Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana spoke about jobs in their Labor Day weekend weekly addresses, with Obama focused on jobs performed by members of the military and Scalise on Republican jobs proposals in Congress.

The Louisiana Republican represents part of the state hit this week by Hurricane Isaac, which left many displaced and hundreds of thousands without power Saturday, as well as by Hurricane Katrina seven years before.
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Filed under: 2012 • Louisiana • Military • President Obama • Texas
CNN Fact Check: Trimming the Pentagon
August 31st, 2012
07:37 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Trimming the Pentagon

(CNN) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney criticized planned cuts to the U.S. defense budget Thursday night, accusing President Barack Obama of weakening future American power.

"His trillion-dollar cuts to our military will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, and also put our security at greater risk," the former Massachusetts governor said in his acceptance speech to the GOP national convention in Tampa, Florida. The line was met with boos by the delegates in the convention hall.

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Filed under: 2012 • Budget • Debt • Deficit • Florida • Military • Mitt Romney • Republican National Convention
Military absentee voting looks weak this year
August 29th, 2012
07:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Military absentee voting looks weak this year

(CNN) - Military requests for absentee ballots are remarkably low this year, according to a recent report from a military voting advocacy group that faults the Defense Department with not providing mandated voter assistance to service members.

"The absentee ballot data for 2012 paints a bleak picture for military voters," a report from the Military Voting Participation Project says.

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Filed under: 2012 • Military
New Obama ad takes on Romney tax policies
July 31st, 2012
06:20 PM ET
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New Obama ad takes on Romney tax policies

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign knocks Republican challenger Mitt Romney's vision for tax cuts and military spending in a new ad released Tuesday.

The 30-second spot, "Worried," begins with references to what could be interpreted as George W. Bush-era policies.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Deficit • Military • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Taxes
July 10th, 2012
10:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Duckworth: Rep. Walsh's comments 'affect other veterans'

(CNN) – Congressional candidate and veteran Tammy Duckworth said Tuesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" that her opponent, who has charged her military service is "all she talks about," is sending a discouraging message to other veterans.

"I don't mind if he attacks me personally, but when he says a veteran is not a true hero if they speak about their service, he is now discouraging 23 million veterans across this great nation from speaking about their service at a time when young vets coming home need to be talking about the leadership skills they developed in the military," Duckworth said of Rep. Joe Walsh.


Filed under: Congress • Military • TV-Piers Morgan
Lawmakers promote revised 'stolen valor' law
July 10th, 2012
05:33 PM ET
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Lawmakers promote revised 'stolen valor' law

Washington (CNN) – Capitol Hill lawmakers made a fresh push Tuesday to gain passage of a law that punishes those who lie about earning high military honors.

The Supreme Court ruled June 28 that the Stolen Valor Act of 2006 was unconstitutional, saying it violated the free speech rights of those making false claims about winning the Medal of Honor and other combat citations.

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Filed under: Military • Scott Brown
Biden touts Obama's foreign policy in West Point address
May 26th, 2012
11:38 AM ET
2 years ago

Biden touts Obama's foreign policy in West Point address

(CNN) – In a commencement address that often echoed his campaign pitch, Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday offered graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy a full-throated espousal of President Barack Obama's foreign policy.

"President Obama and I came into office determined to end the war in Iraq responsibly, and today our troops are home," Biden said, underscoring a point he and Obama often make on the campaign trail.
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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Joe Biden • Military
Obama campaign focuses on military families
May 17th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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Obama campaign focuses on military families

(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign will focus on military families on Thursday, with outreach events in several key swing states.

The events launch the Veterans and Military Families for Obama campaign, and will emphasize the president’s record as commander in chief. The events will also tout his efforts on behalf of veterans and their families, according to a press conference call by the campaign.

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Filed under: 2012 • Military • President Obama
Obama targets fradulent loan marketing aimed at military
April 27th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama targets fradulent loan marketing aimed at military

(CNN) - President Barack Obama wants to crack down on for profit colleges his administration says deceptively recruit post-9/11 veterans with false promises of lucrative careers.

The president will travel to Ft. Stewart in Georgia Friday where he will unveil a new executive order aimed at forcing schools to be more transparent in their recruitment and marketing efforts.

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Filed under: Military • President Obama
Key congressman questions generals' testimony
March 29th, 2012
04:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Key congressman questions generals' testimony

(CNN) – The Republican congressman who chairs the House Budget Committee questioned Thursday whether top military officers truly support the Pentagon budget, which includes significant cuts to some programs. The officers were testifying about the budget on Capitol Hill.

"We don't think the generals are giving us their true advice. We don't think the generals believe that their budget is really the right budget," said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin. "What we get from the Pentagon is a budget-driven strategy not a strategy-driven budget."

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Military • Republicans
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