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Partisan Dems, GOP can only agree defense cuts bad
By DONNA CASSATA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The only thing a bitterly partisan Congress can agree on as it heads for the exits is that looming defense cuts will have a devastating effect on the military.
Aside from that, a House Armed Services hearing Thursday with the Pentagon comptroller and the services' vice chiefs devolved into finger-pointing between Republicans and Democrats. No resolution emerged to avert $55 billion in cuts to a defense budget of roughly $600 billion, beginning Jan. 2.
Republicans blamed President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate. Democrats argued that the GOP has to be willing to consider increases in revenues through taxes.
Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale said the cuts would degrade the military's ability to respond quickly to emerging crises. But he said officials would implement the cuts the best way they can.
Posted: Thursday, September 20 2012, 07:39 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Lincoln `comfort' dog headed to Oklahoma
May 22, 2013 16:45 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A Lincoln "comfort" dog that has been to several national tragedy sites this year is now in Oklahoma to help victims cope with the devastation caused by a massive tornado.
Lincoln television station KOLN-TV reports (http://bit.ly/11aPCT0) that Moses has been sent to comfort those affected by the Boston bombings, a West Texas explosion and school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
Moses is part of Lutheran Church Charities National K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.
Pastor Glen Keylon says Moses provides a lot of relief to people -- especially children -- when they are able to pet him during a tough time.
The massive tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., on Monday killed 24 -- including 10 children -- and injured more than 200.
Information from: KOLN-TV, http://www.kolnkgin.com
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