CUNY Moves David Petraeus's Seminar to a Secure Location, but Students Plan to Continue Their Protests

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Yesterday a series of e-mails were obtained by Gawker in which the CUNY administration discusses its intention to move David Petraeus's seminar to the 16th floor of West 57th Street due to security concerns. Though administrators posted the notice of the location change on the website a week ago, those announcements made no mention of the heightened security measures or the lockout of all other meetings using the 16th floor. Student protesters are aware of the impending move and are formulating a new protest strategy at the new location.

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New York's Senator Gillibrand Prepares to Introduce Military Sexual Assault Bill Next Week

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Sexual assault in the military has persisted with nauseating frequency, and this week brought new attention to the rampant problem. On Monday, the officer in charge of the Air Force's Sexual Prevention and Response unit was charged with sexual battery for assaulting a woman in a parking lot. On Wednesday, the Pentagon put out this report: In 2012 alone, 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted, a 35 percent rise since 2011.

On Tuesday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) ripped into military officials, asking Air Force Secretary Michael Donley why the chain of command was failing its soldiers. Next Wednesday, the lawmaker plans to introduce a set of reforms she's been developing with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), among others, to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Col. Douglas A. Macgregor, Vets for Ron Paul Spokesman: Don't Call Fallen Soldiers 'Heroes'

Meet Col. Douglas A. Macgregor. He's the guy who pretty much orchestrated the Battle of 73 Easting during the Gulf War, a decisive 23-minute exchange during which "10 U.S. tanks and 13 Bradley fighting vehicles destroyed nearly 70 Iraqi armored vehicles, with no 'friendly' casualties." He's basically the brains behind NATO's intervention in Yugoslavia. And because of his book Breaking the Phalanx, which broke rank by calling for widespread Army reorganization, he was temporarily a go-to man for Donald Rumsfeld, who insisted that top military brass meet with MacGregor to strategize the Iraq War. Some say that Macgregor's unorthodox approaches to military policies -- though successful -- might have cost him promotion. He quit the Army in 2004, after being repeatedly denied charge of a combat brigade.

Macgregor, who is highly decorated, now works as a consultant and apparently as a spokesman for Veterans for Ron Paul 2012, a Facebook Group/Super PAC. He also thinks Chris Hayes was right: Macgregor doesn't want to call fallen soldiers heroes, either.

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Rick Perry and the Curious Case of Gay Griping

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the military's discriminatory ban barring homosexuals from serving openly, was signed out of law a year ago this month. After an exhaustive implementation review by the President, the Joint-Chiefs of Staff, and the Secretary of Defense, it officially ended almost three months ago. What effect has allowing the homos to serve openly in the military had on its strength and readiness? None at all (to no surprise to members of the military, veterans, LGBT folks, and most Americans in general).

But try telling this to Rick Perry, the one-time GOP frontrunner now polling in the single digits. He and (the also-single digit polling) Rick Santorum seem to think demonizing the gays and trying to push them back into the closet in the military, while the armed forces and the rest of America have moved on, could be their salvation.

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Military's Hypersonic Aircraft Goes Really Fast, Gets Lost

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An unmanned aircraft engineered to go 20 times the speed of sound was lost on its second test flight Thursday. The BBC reports that scientists lost track of the Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle 2, or HTV-2, shortly after it detached from a rocket high above the California coast. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, published a press release saying that the "aircraft impacted the Pacific Ocean along the planned flight path."

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Barack Obama Tries to Reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell Yet Again Before Ending It

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Although the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the United States government to immediately halt Don't Ask, Don't Tell, military recruiters across the nation seem to be dragging their feet, and Obama's Justice Department has asked the court for a stay on their order "by the close of business" today. (So, within the next few hours or so.)

Given that the President used a lot of political capital to sign DADT out of law last December, and that he's used that historic occasion as cover for not taking up the other major gay civil rights issue right now, it's as perplexing as ever why he's still fighting this legally.

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Delta Airlines Charges U.S. Soldiers $2,800 for Excess Baggage

In a move sure to capture the ire of Americans across the country, Delta Airlines has charged American troops returning from Afghanistan via Baltimore Washington International Airport $2,800 ($200 each) in extra baggage fees. Here's video from soldier Robert O'Hair, explaining the situation, with which he is clearly not happy.

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