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Pentagon to Congress: Here's every project that could be used to fund Trump's wall. Or not. We don't even know
Congress asked the Defense Department for a list of all military construction projects that could be defunded to pay for the wall. Instead, the Pentagon provided lawmakers with a list of every single military construction project that has yet to be awarded a contract — including those that are exempt from being used to pay for the border wall.
Confused? You're not alone.
Here's the backstory: Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) asked for the list of at risk construction projects on March 14. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan promised Reed that the Pentagon would give him the list that day – it didn't.
That's because such a list list may not exist in the universe that we live in, as Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told CBS' "Face The Nation" on Sunday
But on Monday, after Shanahan told reporters that the list had been provided by Congress (it hadn't), Reed released a 21-page document of military construction projects that is about as clear as mud. It includes barracks construction, which defense officials have repeatedly said will not be cut to pay for the border wall, and facilities for F-35s, which are likely too high a priority to be sacrificed.
The Pentagon included a brief cover letter with helpful clues for members of Congress – and the rest of the public – to try to figure out which military construction projects should not be on the list:
- "No military construction projects that already have been awarded, and no military construction projects with FY 2019 award dates will be impacted"
- "No military housing, barracks, or dormitory projects will be impacted.
- "The pool of potential military construction projects from which funding could be reallocated to support the construction of border barriers are solely projects with award dates after Sept. 30, 2019."
So, if you've got a few hours to kill and you're a rocket scientist, who has read every past statement about Pentagon officials indicating which projects are likely exempt, have fun going through this list and figuring out what might get cut for the border wall.
Read the entire list below:
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Jason Brown, also known as "Abdul Ja'Me," allegedly gave $500 on three separate occasions in 2019 to a confidential informant Brown believed would then wire it to an ISIS fighter engaged in combat in Syria. The purported ISIS fighter was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, according to a DoJ news release.
My brother earned the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives — but only after he was left for dead
"As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night."
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Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.
They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.
As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night. After many delays, the mission should and could have been pushed one day, but Szymanski ordered the team to proceed as planned, and Britt "Slab" Slabinski, John's team leader, fell into step after another SEAL team refused the mission.
But the "plan" went even more south when they made the rookie move to insert directly atop the mountain — right into the hands of the bad guys they knew were there.
Sen. Rick Scott is backing a bipartisan bill that would allow service members to essentially sue the United States government for medical malpractice if they are injured in the care of military doctors.
The measure has already passed the House and it has been introduced in the Senate, where Scott says he will sign on as a co-sponsor.
"As a U.S. Senator and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, taking care of our military members, veterans and their families is my top priority," the Florida Republican said in a statement.