The Department of Defense is poised to issue identification cards to same-sex spouses of military personnel starting Tuesday, a change that will give them the same access to housing and health care benefits as heterosexual spouses. The change comes after a California district court judge ruled last week that the military cannot deny spousal benefits to a lesbian Army veteran, due to the Supreme Court’s June 2013 ruling invalidating a key portion of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that had defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
The challenge facing President Barack Obama and his political and military advisers is this: How to "punish" the regime of President Bashar al-Assad for its alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians, but not punish it too severely, lest that destroy a government whose survival is deemed preferable, for U.S. regional interests, to one led by extremists.
Network will be broadcast across nearly 50m homes in the US on Tuesday with ambitious effort to provide quality in-depth content.
When Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera bought Al Gore’s Current TV channel for $500 million last winter, the move shocked the media world — especially the staff of Current, who were dazed by the sudden change in management.
Ali Velshi is getting a primetime business program on Al Jazeera America, the network announced on Thursday. "The as yet-to-be named 30-minute magazine-style program will initially launch in a weekly format but is expected to move to a five-days-a-week schedule by year’s end," the network said in a statement.