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Democrats and some Republicans celebrated a "historic" bill requiring the inclusion of women in the U.S. military draft.

All women over 18 are now required to register for the military draft.

The bill was approved in a 35-24 vote by House and Senate committees as part of the bill funding the military on Sept 1.

Previously, only males ages 18-25 were required to register for the Selective Service System, but House and Senate committees have approved the bill expanding the draft to women.

The bill didn't sit well with Republicans, including Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas), who went on a rant on Twitter.com, telling both parties to "go straight to hell."

"I do not trust you to do anything at all, much less say you will draft my daughter to 'non combat' roles," he tweeted.

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Former Army Ranger Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) insisted, "America's daughters should not be drafted against their will."

And Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) said:

"I feel confident that in an emergency that the women of this country would step up and volunteer as needed... We don't need to draft women to have equality in this nation."

On January 24, 2013 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded an order, that restricted women from being attached to ground combat units.

Currently, about 17 percent of enlisted service members are women.

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Pres. Joe Biden was heavily criticized on social media for checking his watch as he and wife, Jill, attended the dignified transfer of 13 fallen service members.

The Bidens traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, on August, 29, 2021, to attend the dignified transfer of 13 members of the US military killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan last week.

The 11 Marines, a Navy medic and an Army member were killed in an ISIS-K suicide attack on Kabul airport that killed around 170 people last week.

Military veterans criticized Biden for looking at his watch while military personnel carried the transfer case of one of the fallen Marines past him.

Looks like he was being inconvenienced by having to show some respect for these American Heroes [sic]," tweeted Desert Storm Army veteran Samuel Williams.

Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson, a retired Navy rear admiral, tweeted:

"Apparently our Commander-in-Chief has better things to do than honor the 13 service members who died on his watch? I'm DISGUSTED! God bless these heroes and their loved ones. They deserved better."

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said:

"Many of us remember Pres Bush 41 checking his watch during a debate and how awful it looked (even though we all felt same way about that debate.) But this is shocking and will be remembered."

Submarine veteran J Larry Hanna wrote:

"Biden, as the caskets passed before him, had to glance at his watch. Does he have something more important?"

The Bidens, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and other heads of military arrived early Sunday morning to meet privately with the families after the fallen service members returned to U.S. soil.

Biden and his wife, Jill, both wearing black and with black face masks, first met far from the cameras with relatives of the dead in a special family center at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Biden and the first lady then boarded a C-17 Globemaster plane to say a prayer over the flag draped caskets.
 

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More than 800,000 U.S. military service members are refusing to comply with the Pentagon's vaccination mandate, according to Pentagon data.

The Pentagon has ordered all active duty military to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
 
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The order came down after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to Pfizer BioNTech's Covid-19 mRNA vaccine on Monday, Aug. 23.

More than 800,000 active duty service members (out of 1.4 million) face court martial if they don't roll up their sleeves.

Of the active duty forces, 68 percent are fully vaccinated and 76 percent have received at least one dose.

The Army has the lowest vaccination rate: 40% are fully vaccinated and 57% have at least one dose. The Navy has the highest vaccination rate (73% and 79%).

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered commanders to impose timelines for the stragglers to get their shots.

"To defend this Nation, we need a healthy and ready force," Austin said in a memo.

"After careful consultation with medical experts and military leadership, and with the support of the President, I have determined that mandatory vaccination against coronavirus disease... is necessary to protect the Force and defend the American people."

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said service members who refuse vaccinations can apply for religious or medical exemptions. But if those are denied, they can sit down with a military physician and their commanders to discuss the "risks" involved if they continue to refuse.

Kirby said the vaccine mandate is a "lawful order", and the soldiers face court martial if they refuse.

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Former President Donald Trump took pity on thousands of National Guard troops who were booted out of the Capitol Building and forced to sleep in a cold parking garage.

5,000 National Guard troops, who were sleeping in hallways and in the Senate cafeteria, were ordered out of the Capitol building because one soldier didn't wear a face mask.

An anonymous source in Washington DC told TPUSA Chief Creative Officer Benny Johnson that for the last week his battalion had been sleeping on the floor in the Senate cafeteria after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) ordered the troops out of the Capitol building and they were forced to sleep in a parking garage in 38-degree temperatures.

The parking garage has one bathroom and 1 power outlet for 5,000 soldiers to use.

Some of the soldiers hadn't showered or changed clothes in 2 weeks.

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Governors Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Chris Sununu (R-NH) and Greg Abbott (R-TX) were so outraged over the treatment of their troops that they ordered the soldiers to return home immediately.

After the public backlash, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi allowed the troops back inside the Capitol building.

According to One America News Network (OANN), Trump gave permission for the remaining troops to stay at his luxury Trump Hotel in DC if any of them needed a warm bed, a shower or a hot meal.

Trump reportedly called the soldier's treatment "Disgusting and unforgivable."

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Prior to Trump's offer, the troops were forced to subsist on bowls of chili and an occasional slice of pizza donated by sympathetic congressmen.
 

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A civilian jetliner crashed in Iran shortly after take-off from Tehran Airport, about an hour after Iran fired missiles at Iraq bases that house U.S. troops.

The crash killed all 176 souls on board the Ukrainian airliner early Wednesday morning local time.

Among the dead are 3 British citizens, 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 3 Germans, and 10 Swedes.

Video footage shows smoldering wreckage at the crash site shortly after dawn on Wednesday.

Safety experts said the plane crash was caused by engine problems that were unrelated to the missile attack on Iraq military bases. The airline said the pilot did not declare an emergency.

There were no American casualties or injuries in the missile attacks. The damage was minimal after the Iranians fired 15 ballistics missiles at the Iraqi bases where U.S. troops are stationed.

According to published reports, the missiles struck 2 empty bases in Iraq. The Pentagon was warned before the start of the attack and the bases were cleared of U.S. personnel before the missiles struck.

President Donald Trump assured Americans in a tweet regarding the missile attack late Tuesday night.

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Iran fired missiles at multiple Iraqi military bases that house U.S. troops late Tuesday night. No American soldier was injured or killed during the attacks that occurred around 4 a.m. Wednesday local time.

Pentagon officials said Iran launched 15 ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases in western Iraq. Four of the missiles fell out of the sky. At least 2 of the missiles hit Iraqi bases.

President Donald Trump assured Americans in a tweet regarding the missile attack.

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In a tweet late Tuesday, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the attack was in retaliation for the targeted killing of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani.

Zarif said the attack was over.

"Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched."

He continued: "We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggressions."

Soleimani was killed in an air drone strike after he arrived at the Baghdad Airport from Syria on Jan. 3.

Soleimani was killed after the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was attacked and torched last week. An American contractor died in the attack.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is charging President Donald Trump with a war crime for killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who is responsible for the murders of hundreds of Americans.

In a letter sent to her Democrat colleagues in the House of Representatives late Sunday, Pelosi said she is drafting a "War Powers Resolution" that charges Trump with a war crime under international law.

Pelosi claims the death of Soleimani was "provocative and disproportionate."

The letter further claims that Trump's military action amounts to a war crime because he did not have Congressional approval to go after an Iranian government official on foreign soil.

Soleimani was a military commander, not a government official.

Soleimani was among 10 Iranians killed in a surgical drone strike at the Baghdad Airport on the night of Jan. 3. He was 62.

Pelosi's War Resolution would limit Trump's military powers and prevent him from taking any more military action against Iran.

Pelosi's letter is considered America's "pre-emptive surrender to Iran."

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she plans to limit President Donald Trump's military actions in Iran by introducing a War Powers Resolution in the House.

"This week, the House will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President's military actions regarding Iran," Pelosi wrote in a letter to fellow Democrats overnight.

The House Democrats voted to impeach Trump in December. But Pelosi is still withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate that would allow the impeachment process to continue.

Pelosi's resolution "reasserts Congress's long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken" the military action in Iran will "cease within 30 days."

Pelosi and other Democrats criticized Trump for not informing Congress of his plans to kill Iranian general Qassem Soleimani with a drone air strike last week.

Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon that "legal notice is not required" for him to take action to protect the country.

Trump advised Congress - in a tweet - that he will "quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner" if Iran attacks "any U.S. person or target."

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Iran has vowed to take revenge on Trump and America for killing Soleimani. But Trump hit back, saying he has 52 targets in Iran that will go up in smoke if Americans are attacked.

The targets include military sites, oil fields, and even cultural and historic sites in Iran.

"They're allowed to kill our people. They're allowed to torture and maim our people. They're allowed to use roadside bombs and blow our people up, and we're not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn't work that way," Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Sunday.

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In other news, Iran reportedly placed an $80 million bounty on Trump's head. Mexican comedian George Lopez offered to do the job for half that amount.

Lopez made the comment on an Instagram post shared by Chicano Worldstar, a news outlet that wrote about the bounty on Trump's head.

"We'll do it for half," Lopez wrote.

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President Donald Trump surprised U.S. troops in Afghanistan by serving them dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving. Trump arrived in Afghanistan after a 13-hour flight on Thursday. It was his first visit to the war torn country.

Trump's secret trip caught most of the news media off guard. Reporters in the press pool were not allowed to announce where they were going. Newsweek magazine erroneously described the President as spending Thanksgiving Day tweeting at his golf course.

After three and a half hours on the ground in Afghanistan, Trump boarded Air Force One for a long flight back to Florida.

The President looked exhausted after landing in Florida. According to published reports, Trump, 73, will spend the rest of the holiday weekend with his family at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach.

"Just returned to the United States after spending a GREAT Thanksgiving with our Courageous American Warriors in Afghanistan!," he tweeted on Friday.

Trump was ridiculed on Twitter.com after he tweeted a meme of his head Photoshopped on Rocky Balboa's body. Rocky Balboa is a beloved fictitious boxing champion played by actor Sylvester Stallone in the 'Rocky' film franchise.

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Trump tweeted the meme after getting a clean bill of health from his personal physician. There was talk that Trump suffered a mild heart attack last weekend, but the rumors were unfounded.

The meme was a hit among pro-democracy protesters who held up copies of Trump's tweet during a Thanksgiving Day rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, China.

The demonstration was their way of saying thank you to the United States after Trump signed legislation supporting the Hong Kong protesters. The new legislation requires annual reviews of Hong Kong's rights and freedoms.

China expressed disappointment in the new legislation.