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Former President Barack Obama issued pardons and commutations at a historic clip, eclipsing the number of issued by any prior president. To date, Obama issued 1,385 commutations and 212 pardons. While Obama issued more pardons, presidents have been exercising this constitutional power dating back to President George Washington, who issued pardons for two men convicted for their roles in the Whiskey Rebellion. This executive power has been used by almost every president thereafter.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse

Senior Airman Brandon T. Wright was found not guilty of sexual assault in October. That brought to an end a case that has been languishing in the military justice system for over three years. About the only positive thing that can be said about this case is that it is over.

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AP Photo/Laura Rauch

On Jan. 15, 2014, TMZ published eight photographs of Marines burning the bodies of purported Iraqi insurgents. Without unveiling its source, TMZ stated the photographs were taken in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. TMZ received a total of 41 photographs of the incident, but did not publish all of them, stating, “Many are just too gruesome.” The photographs were all turned over to investigators at the Department of Defense prior to publication.

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Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock

Last week, the Senate failed to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act by a vote of 50-94. For the second year in a row, the act fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate.

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Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel

Among the Marine Corps’ leadership traits, commonly known as JJDIDTIEBUCKLE, is integrity, which I believe is the most important. Adherence to this leadership trait will ensure a successful career, both in and out of the military.

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