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Rise in GI Alcohol Abuse Indicated

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2009 4:38 am by HL

Rise in GI Alcohol Abuse Indicated

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The number of U.S. soldiers enrolled in alcohol dependency or abuse programs has doubled since 2003, which isn’t surprising considering GIs are deploying on more and longer tours with less down time between. And these stats are probably hiding a bigger problem in consumption, considering that commanders have to be notified if someone is in treatment. So what of those that aren’t seeking help?

USA Today:

The rate of Army soldiers enrolled in treatment programs for alcohol dependency or abuse has nearly doubled since 2003 — a sign of the growing stress of repeated deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Army statistics and interviews.

Soldiers diagnosed by Army substance abuse counselors with alcoholism or alcohol abuse, such as binge drinking, increased from 6.1 per 1,000 soldiers in 2003 to an estimated 11.4 as of March 31, according to the data. The latest data cover the first six months of the fiscal year that began in October.

“We’re seeing a lot of alcohol consumption,” Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army’s vice chief of staff, told top officers during a briefing on the Army’s growing number of suicides.

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Robert Rose: Challenges for Rick & Bobo

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Robert Rose: Challenges for Rick & Bobo
Reading and writing are basically thinking skills. Once you learn how the symbols for the sounds look and sound, you need to know what they represent or mean.

Paul Helmke: Hate Acts and the NRA’s Extreme Rhetoric
Please take a moment this weekend to read Bob Herbert’s column published today in the New York Times. His message is long overdue: Even with…

Craig Newmark: John Hodgman: Obama Is the First Nerd president
Hodgman! You stole my material! and did it much better than I ever could!Update re Who’s Spock? or, Nerds Win?Who’s Spock?Smell like a nerd!”Obama’s Internet…

Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [82] — Is Obama The Only Person Who Remembers What America Did In Iran In 1953?
Welcome back to your weekly Friday Talking Points roundup. This week will be a bit unusual, as instead of the normal list of talking points…


Husband Of Ensign’s Girlfriend To Fox’s Kelly: Help Me Expose Senator’s “Relentless Pursuit Of My Wife”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Husband Of Ensign’s Girlfriend To Fox’s Kelly: Help Me Expose Senator’s “Relentless Pursuit Of My Wife”
OK, now the Ensign story is really getting good. Yesterday we wrote about how Team Ensign is now saying that they went public about the affair because Doug Hampton, the husband of Ensign’s girlfriend, was threatening to go to a…

The Pics John Ensign Doesn’t Want You To See
Actually, he probably doesn’t really care at this point. Still, check out our slideshow of the key players in the scandal anyway….

AmeriCorps Board Member: We Initiated IG Firing
The White House’s decision to fire the AmeriCorps inspector general was set in motion by a unanimous request it received from the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which asked the White House to review the IG’s…


If God were real

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2009 4:35 am by HL

If God were real


Is Obama Selling Out the Iranian Revolution?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Is Obama Selling Out the Iranian Revolution?
The Washington Post op-ed page has become the main forum of neocon opposition to President Obama’s approach toward Iran. Today it features two pieces. The first is by Paul Wolfowitz, the other by Charles Krauthammer. Wolfowitz’s is measured and stimulating….

Why Not Recognize Israel As A Jewish State?
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s insistence that Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state” seems to rely on the certain knowledge that the Palestinians will never agree. This demand is of recent vintage. How recent? In 2006, after Hamas won the…


CNBC?s Larry Kudlow defends corporate greed in debate with TP?s Faiz Shakir.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2009 4:33 am by HL

CNBC?s Larry Kudlow defends corporate greed in debate with TP?s Faiz Shakir.
Last night on CNBC, ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Faiz Shakir debated CNBC host Larry Kudlow about a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal which revealed that the CEOs of banks receiving government bailout money are expensing travel on private jets for personal vacations. “I think it’s great because I want to stimulate the economy,” Kudlow said […]

Last night on CNBC, ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Faiz Shakir debated CNBC host Larry Kudlow about a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal which revealed that the CEOs of banks receiving government bailout money are expensing travel on private jets for personal vacations. “I think it’s great because I want to stimulate the economy,” Kudlow said of taxpayer-funded private jet trips by bank CEOs. “I want to help the resorts. … I’m glad the CEOs are going around. I just wish they’d take me with them.” Faiz responded:

I do have a problem when they’re taking taxpayer money. Larry, you hate paying taxes. I understand that. But if there’s one thing you hate more than paying taxes, it’s seeing those taxpayer dollars go to waste. And that’s what’s going on here.

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Reid tells Harold Koh supporters he will bring Koh?s nomination up for a vote within two weeks.
Though President Obama nominated Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh to be chief legal adviser to the State Department in March, the nomination has languished in the senate; at least one senator has placed an anonymous hold on Koh. Now, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV) has told Koh’s supporters that he will bring Koh’s […]

Though President Obama nominated Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh to be chief legal adviser to the State Department in March, the nomination has languished in the senate; at least one senator has placed an anonymous hold on Koh. Now, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV) has told Koh’s supporters that he will bring Koh’s nomination for a vote sometime in the next two weeks, according to an e-mail sent yesterday to members of the “We Support Harold Hongju Koh” Facebook group:

Last night, after yesterday’s phone bank, we got word from inside sources that Senator Reid believes Harold has enough votes, and has decided to file for cloture on the nomination sometime in the next two weeks. While we do not have an exact date yet, it’s an indication that all of your calling is working!

ThinkProgress spoke to a source with knowledge of the situation who confirmed the timeline. Earlier this week, Obama said he had no plans to appoint Koh or other nominees currently blocked by Senate Republicans under recess appointments.


Health-Care Reform Will Test Obama’s Resolve

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2009 4:32 am by HL

Health-Care Reform Will Test Obama’s Resolve
As the legislative debate over health care intensifies on Capitol Hill, there is growing clamor for President Obama to step in. White House officials believe it’s wiser to wait, but at some point the president will have to make clear what he’ll accept and what he won’t.

Officials Say W&OD Trail Is Still Mostly Safe
As long as precautions are taken, the Washington & Old Dominion Trail remains a relatively safe place, despite two recent cases of men exposing themselves to women and a string of home invasions in nearby residences in the fall, Loudoun County authorities said.


Obama’s Travel Itinerary Mixes Policy, Electoral Politics
First, a quiz. How many people attended President Obama’s town-hall forum in Vermont?

Obama, Democrats Cheer Announcement of Drug Savings for Federal Programs
President Obama and Democratic lawmakers scouring for money to reduce the cost of comprehensive health-reform legislation cheered news today that drugmakers have agreed to squeeze $80 billion out of revenue over the next decade.


Iran’s Supreme Leader Warns Reformists

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 21st, 2009 4:29 am by HL

Iran’s Supreme Leader Warns Reformists
Ali Ansari, The Guardian

Obama’s Subtle Diplomacy
Eleanor Clift, Newsweek

Tehran: City of Whispers
Roger Cohen, New York Times