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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Biden’s ‘Buy America’ Spin

President Joe Biden has repeatedly claimed that past presidents, including his predecessor, have “ignored” or “failed to uphold” laws requiring that federal government money be used to purchase only U.S. materials or products. Biden has expanded and emphasized such requirements, but we found no indication other presidents didn’t abide by the laws on the books during their tenures.

Presidents of both parties have embraced the “Buy America” political messaging. Biden can lay claim to implementing broader requirements on how federal money is spent, such as those in a major infrastructure law that included $550 billion in new spending. But he goes too far in suggesting prior administrations broke the rules.

“And, by the way, ‘Buy America’ has been the law of the land since the ‘30s, but it’s been ignored by most administrations,” Biden said on May 8 in Racine, Wisconsin. “Past administrations, including my predecessor, have failed to buy American.

“Not anymore,” he continued. “Here’s how it works. When the pre- — when the Congress sends something to the president to build something — whether it’s a road, a highway, a deck of an aircraft carrier; whatever it is — that president is — back from a law that was passed in the ‘30s — is supposed to hire American workers to build it and use American products.”

Box Office: ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Climbs to No. 1 With $58 Million Debut

UPDATED: Primates ruled over the North American box office, as “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” collected $58.5 million in its first weekend of release.

That’s ahead of Sunday’s estimates of $56.8 million and enough to score the third-best opening of the year behind “Dune: Part Two” ($82 million) and “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” ($80 million).

Inaugural sales for “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” landed above early projections of $50 million to $55 million and towered over the nonexistent competition. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” opened roughly even with two of the three prior installments in the rebooted franchise, landing behind only 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (a series-best $72 million) and ahead of 2017’s “War for the Planet of the Apes” ($56.2 million) and 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” ($54.8 million).

“The weekend figure is roughly average for the genre, but average here is based on the biggest action films of all time,” says David A. Gross of movie consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research. “This is an excellent opening.”


‘The Beach Boys’ Review: The New Documentary on Disney+ Captures Their Story Note for Dreamy Note

It's a conventional portrait that really gets the Beach Boys, capturing their saga in archival photographs and critical voices that illuminate their magic

When you sit down to watch a documentary about the Beach Boys, you know what you want: to be immersed in the California dreamin’ of the group’s early surfin’-hit days, in the jaunty beauty of songs like “I Get Around” and “Help Me Rhonda,” and in the story of how Brian Wilson began to figure out a way to turn pop songs into miniature symphonies. You want to be immersed in the recording of “Pet Sounds,” in the Beach Boys’ rivalry with the Beatles, in the derailed masterpiece that was “Smile,” and in how Brian’s mental and emotional problems began to tear himself and the group apart. You want to know how the other Beach Boys, caught in the wilderness, found a way to put the group back together, though it’s almost like they became a different group. You want to see the Beach Boys’ saga told in all its sublimity and fragility, from L.A. to “Holland,” from Van Dyke Parks to Manson, from “God Only Knows” to “Kokomo.”

“The Beach Boys,” co-directed by Frank Marshall (who made the 2020 music-doc milestone “The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”) and Thom Zimny (who’s directed about a thousand Springsteen videos), accomplishes all of that nicely. I wondered how, exactly, the movie was going to pack the Beach Boys’ vast career into an hour and 53 minutes. But in its unabashedly conventional and fan-friendly way, it brings this off with a tasteful clarity and showmanship. In moment after moment, it gets the Beach Boys.


Marine from Twentynine Palms Randomly Gunned Down While Sitting in Car at Park

A Marine stationed at Twentynine Palms, California, was killed in a park near the base Monday night in what local law enforcement authorities called a "completely random act of violence."

Gunnery Sgt. Robert James McDonald, 35, was in his car at a park with his dog just 10 miles south of the installation when 18-year-old Rudy Garcia fired a weapon into the vehicle's cabin, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department press release Tuesday.

"Without provocation, Garcia fired his firearm into McDonald's vehicle," the sheriff's department said in the release.


Air Force General Charged with Sexual Crimes Has Retirement Request Denied by Service Secretary

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall has denied a request from a two-star general accused of sexual assault and other crimes to retire instead of facing a court-martial, according to the general's attorneys.

The secretary's decision means Maj. Gen. Phillip Stewart, only the second Air Force general in history to be charged with a sexual crime, is set to be tried by court-martial in June after being relieved of command of the 19th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, last year.

Stewart is charged with allegedly committing a sex act on a woman without her consent near Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma in April 2023, according to a military charge sheet. He is also charged with conduct unbecoming an officer for allegedly asking someone to "spend the night alone with him in his private hotel room" near Denver, Colorado, while on official travel in March 2023. The charges include extramarital sexual conduct.

"We are looking forward to our day in court," Stewart's lead attorney, Sherilyn Bunn, told 'TELL IT LIKE IT IS' Defense News in a statement. Spokespeople for Kendall and the Department of the Air Force did not provide comment.

Stewart submitted the retirement in lieu of a court-martial request in January. Jeffrey Addicott, a member of Stewart's legal team, a professor of law and director of the Warrior Defense Project at St. Mary's University School of Law, told 'TELL IT LIKE IT IS' Defense News that Kendall denied the major general's request. A person familiar with the legal proceedings said it was denied on Feb. 20.

Soldier Who Was Inspector General Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Faces Sexual Assault, Harassment Charges

The Army inspector general's noncommissioned officer of the year for 2019 is facing a general court-martial on charges related to sex crimes, according to court documents.

Master Sgt. Christopher Dehn, 37, is set to be arraigned June 5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state on four counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual harassment, and other charges related to obstructing justice and failure to obey orders and regulations.

In 2019, Dehn was selected as the I Corps Inspector General Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

'TELL IT LIKE IT IS' Defense News attempted to reach out to Dehn's attorney but was not able to make contact before publication. The Army's Office of Special Trial Counsel noted that Dehn's docket does not contain information on his defense attorney, and advised 'TELL IT LIKE IT IS' Defense News that they would ask the prosecutorial team to contact Dehn's attorney.

Inspector general offices serve as "the eyes, ears, voice, and conscience of the Army," according to the service. Service members working in IG offices "conduct thorough, objective and impartial inspections, assessments and investigations" and "advise and assist Army leaders to maintain Army values, readiness and effectiveness in the promotion of well-being, good order and discipline."

Friday, May 24, 2024

Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) worked extensively in 2023 with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention to enhance the CAVHCS Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP)


Central Alabama VA worked extensively in 2023 with the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention to enhance the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program.

With an unwavering commitment to the well-being of our Veterans, this revitalization of an important service marks a significant milestone in providing comprehensive care.


19.5% Pay Raise for Junior Enlisted Troops Approved by House Panel


A 19.5% pay hike for junior enlisted service members next year is one step closer to reality after the House Armed Services Committee advanced its must-pass defense policy bill Wednesday night.

The committee voted 57-1 to approve its version of this year's National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, that includes a host of measures aimed at improving quality of life in the military. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., was the lone "no" vote.

The committee approval came after a 12-hour meeting -- a comparatively short session by committee standards -- in which lawmakers also rehashed contentious debates they've had in recent years about diversity and COVID-19, though with less intensity than before.


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