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MIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV DIES

Inventor of AK-47 Passes Away at Age of 94
By Harold Hutchison

The man who invented the AK-47, the world’s most common assault rifle, has died. According to media reports, Mikhail Kalashnikov died in a hospital in Izhevsk, Russia.

Kalashnikov was born in 1919, roughly two years after the Russian Revolution that swept Communists into power. Kalashnikov, who was wounded in action during World War II, started designing the rifle in 1945. Eventually, over 100 million of the rifles would be produced, flooding the globe.

Senate Passage of Defense Authorization Act a Victory for Military Religious Freedom

Tonight, the U.S. Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes a religious freedom amendment authored by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) that protects the right of service members not only to hold religious beliefs but to act on them and freely practice those beliefs. The House of Representatives also adopted the amendment to address growing religious hostility within the military.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Budget Agreement

Last night, I spoke with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray to thank them for their work to achieve a bipartisan budget agreement. The deal they reached reduces the impact of sequestration cuts and provides the Department of Defense with greater budget certainty, which is important for us to be able to plan effectively. While this agreement doesn't solve every budget problem facing DoD, it will help address our military readiness challenge by restoring funding for training and procurement - especially in fiscal year 2014.

Secretary Hagel Asked to Review DOD Connections to Southern Poverty Law Center

Family Research Council (FRC) and 15 other organizations announced today the submission of a letter

NOT SO SAFE AFTER ALL

House, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairs Drop Bombshell
By Harold Hutchison

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, dropped a bombshell on CNN’s State of the Union, according to a report by Newsmax.com.

"Gender-Neutral" Infantry Training Includes Gender-Normed Test Scores

"Gender-Neutral" Infantry Training Includes Gender-Normed Test Scores
CMR Analyzes Double-Think About Double Standards and Violence Against Women

Markey Introduces Bill to Protect Troops from Predatory Lenders

SOF supports this legislation to protect our troops from predatory lending.


In an effort to help servicemembers and their families cope with the
unique circumstances that often jeopardize their financial stability,
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced the Military
Savings Act, legislation to promote savings rates among military
servicemembers and decrease their need to turn to predatory payday
lenders in times of financial crisis. The legislation establishes

Coast Guard medevacs ailing crewman

A U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medically evacuated a 57-year-old Filipino man from an oil tanker approximately 35 miles west of Oceanside, Calif., Nov. 13, 2013. The man was hoisted from the 1,077-foot Front Stratus after he began experiencing stroke-like symptoms. U.S. Coast Guard video.

MARK WAHLBERG on Actors Comparing Themselves to Soldiers

WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE

The Case for Arresting Glenn Greenwald

By Cliff Kinkaid
Accuracy in Media

Feherty's Troops First Foundation launches national OPERATION WARRIOR CALL "soliders helping soldiers" event on Nov. 24--possible coverage?

Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization co-founded by professional golfer and CBS Sports and Golf Channel writer and broadcaster David Feherty, will launch its inaugural Operation Warrior Call event on Sunday, November 24th. This nationwide effort has been established to encourage service members to reach out to fellow “battle buddies” in order to reconnect and check in on each other’s well-being.

Military Times Ad: When You Gave Up Individual Rights to Serve, Religious Freedom Wasn't One of Them

As Americans everywhere honor and pray for the men and women who have served and are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces this Veterans Day, Family Research Council (FRC) and 15 other members of the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition are running an ad in Military Times' publications informing service members that religious liberty advocacy groups stand ready to provide legal assistance should they experience a violation of their religious liberty rights.