January 2015


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A crowd of nearly 200 people, almost all of them just a few feet away from the front doors, massed Wednesday night outside the District 2 police station to protest the shooting death of Jessica Hernandez.

Chanting slogans in English and Spanish, the protesters stayed for almost two hours. At one point, five attendees were allowed into the building to meet with Cmdr. Michael Calo and other members of the station.

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The Army says there is no truth to media reports claiming a decision has been made to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion.

The Army continues to review the case against Bergdahl, said Paul Boyce, a spokesman for Forces Command, on Tuesday.

In a report Monday citing two anonymous military sources, retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer told Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” that the Army plans to charge Bergdahl with desertion. Schaffer also told the outlet his sources confirmed to him that Bergdahl’s lawyer has been given a charge sheet.

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A series of changes included in a draft 2016 budget proposal under consideration by the Defense Department could raise commissary grocery prices, reduce store hours and cut employees.

The cuts could be included in the President’s 2016 budget set to be released early next month. The proposal is then sent to Congress for changes and approval, likely sometime late this year.

The plans included in the commissary draft proposal are likely to change before being added to the President’s final document, sources said.

Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) officials were tasked by the Defense Department with coming up with a $322 million cut to their current $1.4 billion operating budget, according to the documents labeled “not for release.” The proposals were first reported by Army Times.

Here’s what the proposed cuts could actually mean for you.

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Introducing the Republican Class of 2016…

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CHICAGO—Touting the program’s convenience and affordability, Chicago officials unveiled Monday the city’s new gun-sharing service, “QuikShot,” which allows individuals to check out a loaded firearm for short periods of time.

The municipal initiative, through which users can rent semiautomatic pistols, shotguns, rifles, and submachine guns at more than 250 self-service kiosks, has reportedly been designed to make firepower easily available to residents and tourists alike nearly everywhere within the city limits.

“QuikShot lets anyone with a credit card walk up to one of our street-side firearm stations, select a gun, and head out into the Windy City fully armed in just a few seconds,” program director Arvind Reynolds told reporters, noting that borrowers can either rent their weapon for increments of 30 minutes or withdraw it for a full 24 hours if they plan on using it throughout the day. “With QuikShot, you and your friends can each take a Beretta up to Wrigley Field, or you can head to an outdoor concert in Millennium Park with a concealed 9mm revolver, or you can simply take in the great view of the Magnificent Mile from the roof deck of the Hancock tower through a scoped sniper rifle. The possibilities are truly endless with QuikShot.”

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Libyan refugee Iman al-Obeidi was arrested just before noon today after she failed to appear at a court hearing this morning and a judge issued a warrant for her arrest.

Al-Obeidi, 32, who is living in Boulder under the name Eman Ali, was scheduled for a status conference at 8:15 this morning, but failed to appear by 9 a.m. Deputies at the Boulder County Jail — where Ali is currently serving a work release sentence — said Ali checked out at 8:05 a.m. and that they reminded her of the hearing.

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Major donors are ready to announce huge financial commitments to Hillary Clinton as soon as she announces a second run for the White House, according to Clinton allies and Democratic fundraisers.

The Clinton team wants to build excitement about her campaign launch, which is expected in March or April. The money blitz would be a show of Clinton’s strength meant to scare away potential primary rivals.

“The floodgates are going to open immediately, and there’s going to be a rush to get on the team,” said Don Peebles, the real estate mogul who served on President Obama’s national finance committee. “There’s nobody in the Democratic Party who can match her. Not even close.”

“It’s going to be like nothing you’ve seen,” added one top Democratic donor, who supported both of Obama’s presidential campaigns and plans to throw big support behind Clinton. “The numbers will be astounding.”

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Even among those who disagree about the issue of opening ground combat arms jobs to women in the military, I have found that there is a general consensus on one key point: That physical standards should not be lowered in pursuit of gender integration. Weakening standards in the pursuit of social justice would endanger troops and render meaningless the accomplishment of those women who would potentially serve in ground combat units. In a way, this consensus is very American: Equality of opportunity and a fair shot for all. Keep the standards high, as they’ve always been, and let the chips fall where they may.

The Department of Defense disagrees.

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