military advisers will arrive in Iraq as soon as Saturday, a senior defense official told CNN on Friday. This first group from outside Iraq is expected to be very small, the official said. Meanwhile, some U.S. military personnel already in Iraq at the security cooperation office in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will be reassigned and become the first of the advisers to go to work, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm.
Done Obama expands government benefits for gay couples By JOSH LEDERMAN June 20, 2014 8:25 PM 0 shares . View photo FILE – In this June 13, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) WASHINGTON (AP) A year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages, the Obama administration granted an array of new benefits Friday to same-sex couples, including those who live in states where gay marriage is against the law. The new measures range from Social Security and veterans benefits to work leave for caring for sick spouses. They are part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to expand whatever protections he can offer to gays and lesbians even though more than half of the states don’t recognize gay marriage.
Barney Frank pursued, with the blessing of the nation’s largest gay rights group, legislation prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians, but not transgender people. As Frank put it plainly, there were not enough Democratic votes to get a “trans-inclusive” law through the House. Transgender advocates who had lobbied for legal recognition of same-sex relationships were livid and persuaded more than 100 civil rights groups to oppose a bill that left transgender rights for another day. “The community was forced to decide: Where are you going to stand?” recalled Diego Sanchez, who was the first openly transgender person appointed to the DNC’s platform committee and later became the first transgender staff member on Capitol Hill as Frank’s top senior policy adviser. At the 2008 Democratic convention where Obama was nominated, 28 years after the party pledged to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation, language was added to accomplish the same for gender identity.
The event was devoted to the future of innovation. The idea: bring together makers, hobbyists and inventors to show off the creativity of American entrepreneurs. The maker movement, which empowers folks to build their ideas on their own, has gone from niche to mainstream, and the administration has taken notice. Although the maker movement isn’t new, many of the technologies that have driven the movement have recently become mainstream and accessible. “Today’s D.I.Y.
The dispute inside the Republican Party on intervention also continued on Sunday. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he thought the U.S. should avoid getting involved in a civil war between the feckless Iraqi government, allied with Iran, and militants allied with Al Qaeda. 60 You have to ask yourself, are you willing to send your son, am I willing to send my son to retake back a city, Mosul, that they weren’t willing to defend themselves, http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net Paul said on “State of the Union.” I’m not willing to send my son into that mess. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a strong advocate for the 2003 Iraqi invasion during the Bush administration, on Sunday doubled down on his criticisms of Obama for not doing more in Iraq, in the Syrian civil war and the rest of the region. When were arguing over 300 advisers when the request had been for 20,000 in order to do the job right, Im not sure weve really addressed the problem, Cheney said on ABCs “This Week.” He said the president has left a “vacuum” that is being filled by ISIS.