Larry Abramson http://wmub.org en Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement http://wmub.org/post/air-forces-beloved-warthog-targeted-retirement Jeff Duford is standing next to an A-10, one of the most beloved planes of all time. It's painted green, a clue that it was designed for a threat that has disappeared — it was built at the height of the Cold War.<p>"The reason why it's painted this way is because at that time, this airframe was expected to stop Soviet tanks from rolling through Germany," says Duford, curator of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:55:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 21138 at http://wmub.org Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement In Qatar, Hagel Tours Command Center That May Or May Not Exist http://wmub.org/post/qatar-hagel-tours-command-center-may-or-may-not-exist U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar on Tuesday morning, the last leg of a tour that has also taken him to Bahrain, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.<p>The "CAOC" as it's known in Pentagonese, is a minimalist concrete bunker in the blasted desert south of Doha, the capital of this wealthy emirate that sits on a peninsula jutting off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Qatar is a close U.S. ally that is happy to host this high-tech command center. But they want to keep that fact on the down low, so U.S. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:48:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 20587 at http://wmub.org Google Says It's Getting Far More User-Data Requests From Government http://wmub.org/post/google-says-its-getting-far-more-user-data-requests-government Google says the number of requests it gets from the U.S. government for user information is rising — fast.<p>The company released new <a href="http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/userdatarequests/US/#FISA_requests">details</a> Thursday showing such requests have more than doubled since 2010. From January to June of this year, Google received 10,918 government orders in criminal cases, compared with 4,287 three years ago. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:11:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 19682 at http://wmub.org Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World? http://wmub.org/post/who-owns-archives-vanishing-iraqi-jewish-world <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7TGYTOlMgs</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 19402 at http://wmub.org Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World? Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://wmub.org/post/pentagon-pushes-states-benefits-same-sex-couples Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.<p>The Pentagon <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/14/211978987/pentagon-details-plan-to-extend-benefits-to-same-sex-spouses">started to recognize same-sex marriages</a> soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But some states are resisting.<p>Alicia Butler is the same-sex spouse of a member of the National Guard living in Austin, Texas. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 19160 at http://wmub.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples