A new report from Roll Call found that the Department of Defense continued to use offensive and racist terms on official government forms, including on death certificates for troops killed while serving their country, more than 20 years after the federal government issued a directive ordering agencies to stop.
After Marine Capt. Jahmar Resilard was killed on Dec. 6, 2018 during a mid-air collision that claimed the lives of six other military personnel, his mother Joni Resilard received his death certificate at her home in St. Augustine, Florida this year.
The certificate listed her son's race as "negroid" — which, as Roll Call's John M. Donnelly points out, is "an outmoded word for classifying black people that, to the modern ear, carries racist connotations."
Construction crews staged material needed for the Santa Teresa Border Wall Replacement project near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol/Mani Albrecht)
With a legal fight challenge mounting from state governments over the Trump administration's use of a national emergency to construct at the U.S.-Mexico border, the president has kicked his push for the barrier into high gear.
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted a time-lapse video of wall construction in New Mexico; the next day, he proclaimed that "THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW"
But there's a big problem: The footage, which was filmed more than five months ago on Sep. 18, 2018, isn't really new wall construction at all, and certainly not part of the ongoing construction of "the wall" that Trump has been haggling with Congress over.
“I don’t think most Americans understand the long-term impacts of military service,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from Illinois, said during a Disabled American Veterans panel on military caregivers in Washington, D.C., on June 19.
Nearly 12 years to the day after a rocket-propelled grenade downed the Army helicopter she was co-piloting over Iraq, Tammy Duckworth prepared Wednesday to become Illinois' next junior U.S. senator, recapturing for Democrats the seat once held by President Barack Obama.