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Virginia or Maryland? GSA reveals scoring system that will determine new FBI HQ site

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In March, a funding bill passed by Congress ordered the General Services Administration to begin the process of selecting a suburban location for a new FBI headquarters, with a goal of having the new site selected by the end of the fiscal year. With a new fiscal year starting Oct. 1, the GSA, which acts as the federal government’s landlord, likely won’t meet that goal. But it appears to…

‘Black hero’ or ‘servant’? Supporters push for Marylander who served in War of 1812 to get VA tombstone.

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Ask Lou Giles about Samuel Neale, and the amateur historian will rattle off how Neale was one of the few Black men who served in the Maryland Militia during the War of 1812, helped tend to wounded soldiers at two major battles and suffered a gunshot wound. Decades later, he even won a military pension from the state. To Giles, that’s more than enough to qualify Neale for an honor the…

As Migrants Flood D.C., Pentagon Denies Mayor’s Request for National Guard Troops

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In what statehood proponents have described as a serious problem, the Department of Defense (DOD) recently denied Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for the D.C. National Guard to help mitigate the arrival of asylum-seeking migrants from Texas and Arizona.  Last month, Bowser requested 150 National Guard members per day and recommended the D.C. Armory as an ideal location for housing and…

Lawmakers press Pentagon for answers as military recruiting crisis deepens

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Lawmakers from both parties are putting increasing pressure on the Pentagon to fix the recruitment crisis that threatens to leave the military well short of its goals to bring new troops aboard this year, in what is widely considered the worst recruiting environment since the end of the Vietnam War. While leaders from the different military branches have all acknowledged the…

Fight brews over Pentagon’s push to counter extremists

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Democrats in both chambers are vowing to resist GOP attempts to halt Defense Department training aimed at countering extremist groups’ attempts to influence servicemembers. The Senate Armed Services Committee report accompanying its fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act calls on the Pentagon to “immediately” halt the counter-extremism programs. The committee approved…

House passes amendment to give mayor control of the DC National Guard

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Lawmakers announced Thursday that an amendment has passed the House that would give D.C.'s mayor control of the D.C. National Guard. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD) sponsored District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act, which…

Fourth Grade Survivor of Uvalde Shooting Tells Congress: ‘I Don’t Want it to Happen Again’

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A fourth grader who survived the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting where 19 students and two teachers were murdered told lawmakers Wednesday that she is afraid to go back to school. “I don’t want it to happen again,” 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo said in a pre-recorded video shown to members of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, as Congress debates whether to enact new gun…

'Save lives': House passes Md. congressman's bill raising age to buy semi-automatic rifles

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The House on Wednesday passed a series of new gun measures, including a measure to raise the minimum age to buy semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21. Maryland Congressman Anthony G. Brown praised the House passage of his legislation to increase the age to purchase semi-automatic weapons. “These weapons have no place in our neighborhoods, let alone, in the hands of an…

.Commission Recommends Changes for Army Bases Named for Confederate Leaders

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A Congressional commission has recommended that nine Army bases named for Confederate leaders be renamed to honor women and soldiers of color, among others. Established as part of the defense authorization bill last January in the wake of nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice after the police killing of George Floyd, the Naming Commission is tasked with renaming or…

Congressman Anthony Brown: Honor victims with action

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Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) wants to increase the age to purchase a semiautomatic rifle from 18 to 21-years-old. Brown is calling on House Democrats’ to include his legislation in the upcoming “Protecting Our Kids” package to tackle the epidemic of gun violence. “I’m heartened to see the House of Representatives act with urgency to bring new measures that could prevent more…

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