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Biden declared the pandemic over, but unvaxxed Air Force pilots are still grounded

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Despite President Biden's assertion that the COVID-19 pandemic is "over," unvaccinated Air Force pilots seeking religious accommodations to the vaccine mandate are still being prohibited from flying, despite those with medical exemptions being able to perform their usual duties. Biden said during an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday: "The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID....

Bacon, Yarmuth, Leahy, and Collins Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Help Runaway and Homeless Youth

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WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Don Bacon (R-NE) and John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act. The legislation will reauthorize key federal grant programs to provide states with funding to help thousands of homeless young people nationwide. The landmark Runaway a...

Officer Explains What New EC-37 Electronic Warfare Jets Can Do, Warns Program Is Underfunded

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AU.S. Air Force officer with ties to the EC-37B Compass Call program has shed light on the issues affecting the system's progression to The War Zone and made it clear just how exciting the type's capabilities are set to be. According to the officer, the proposed Department of Defense budget for Fiscal Year 2023 presents significant implications in regard to the program's fate now that certain cuts...

Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court Fights For Those Who Fought For Us

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They live by the credo, “leave no Veteran behind.” These are not mere words. These are actions not on the battlefields, but in everyday life, where their fellow veterans – who vowed to fight for our nation – often struggle to survive. These solemn words are part of the Volunteer Veteran Mentor’s Oath and represent the mission of the Douglas Country Veterans Treatment Court (DCVTC). In DCVTC, veter...

GOP reps fear loan forgiveness plan will hurt military recruiting

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A group of 19 Republican lawmakers is demanding President Joe Biden respond to concerns that his recent student loan forgiveness decision will hurt military recruiting by devaluing GI Bill benefits. “By forgiving such a wide swath of loans for borrowers, you are removing any leverage the Department of Defense maintained as one of the fastest and easiest ways to pay for higher education,” the congr...

Moolenaar supports IRS Reduction Act to protect taxpayers from increase in audits

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U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI) on Sept. 2 signed on as one of 22 GOP original cosponsors of legislation that would rescind the funds appropriated to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which President Joe Biden signed into law on Aug. 16. “This new legislation I am supporting will stop the IRS from hiring 87,000 new employees to comb through the personal ...

Tri-state lawmakers react to passing of Queen Elizabeth II

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(KCAU) — Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a symbol of stability in a turbulent era that saw the decline of the British empire and embarrassing dysfunction in her own family, died Thursday after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. The palace announced she died at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland, where members of the royal family had rushed to her side aft...

On 9/11 anniversary, I think about serving in Iraq and now Congress

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Like most Americans, I will never forget where I was on Sept. 11, 2001. Having been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel, I worked for the commander of 12th Air Force overseeing our combat air forces west of the Mississippi River. As I was preparing to depart for work that day, the morning news reported that one of the Twin Towers was hit by an aircraft and was engulfed in flames. Within min...

On 9/11, an opportunity to honor our nation through service

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On the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, our nation and the world were forever changed. That day, nearly 3,000 innocent people lost their lives, and we were plunged into a war that would define the next two decades of American foreign policy. Much has happened in the 21 years since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, but as we reflect on the fear, sadness, and uncertainty every American felt that day, ...

Biden’s MAGA-bashing is turning off centrist House Republicans

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President Biden's blistering attacks on Republicans in recent weeks may have targeted pro-Trump lawmakers, but his tough rhetoric also appears to be creating some collateral damage among moderate members. Centrist Republicans who are more in the mood to reach bipartisan agreement told Fox News Digital that they are not fans of Biden's attacks, and said the strategy will make it much more difficult...

Kim-led bipartisan effort calls on Biden to deny U.S. visa to Iranian president

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U.S. Rep. Young Kim (R-CA) led a bipartisan group of 51 lawmakers in urging President Joe Biden to deny entry visas to the United States for Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his delegation to attend the United Nations General Assembly’s 77th session in New York that runs Sept. 13-27. [...] Among those who joined Rep. Kim in signing the letter were U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Ann Wagner...

America needs a course correction in the Middle East

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In President Joe Biden’s recent Washington Post op-ed , he boasted of the success of “intensive diplomacy” in the Middle East. The president claimed the region is “less pressurized” because of this policy — even as the Taliban celebrate their rule in Afghanistan and Iran brags that Biden’s nuclear deal is full of U.S. concessions. Far from stabilizing the region, Biden’s persistent deference to th...

Nebraska plans to devote nearly $200 million to expand broadband internet access

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LINCOLN — Nebraska officials expect to receive nearly $200 million from the federal government, which they're planning to devote to expanding broadband internet access across the state. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced multiple pools of federal funding coming to Nebraska at a press conference Wednesday. Ricketts described broadband as "basic infrastructure" that is crucial to improving the lives of r...

Dam project near Gretna will bring new lake, park to Omaha area

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A small lake that will be built south of Gretna is a big deal, state and local officials say. The dam and park is the first project in the four-state region of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas to be selected for final review and funding in a new competitive grant program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency that supports more resilient communities. The states didn’t win a competitiv...

5 veterans graduate from Douglas County Treatment Court

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A problem-solving court reaches a milestone. It comes with the help of an army of mentors. They are veterans facing serious felonies. The battle scars have often led to substance abuse and mental health problems. For the last 18 to 24 months, each of the five graduates has taken a path to recovery - held accountable by the Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court. Read the full...