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By Luke Broadwater | May 16, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • Probably a smart move: Huckabee says he's not running for president . (Fox News)  • A Trump-less Apprentice? If Trump runs for president, NBC will recast him . (Deadline Hollywood)  • Thank God you live in America: Violence breaks out on Israel's borders.
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By Rachel Marsden | August 14, 2013
There's a grade-school-level international game being played. It's like the one you played as a kid when you would have a friend punch you as hard as possible in the stomach to see how long you could keep a fake smile plastered on your face. "Oh, THAT didn't hurt AT ALL! Hit me harder, you wimp!" That, right now, is America -- and it needs to stop. Let's take two recent beneficiaries of the goodies-for-abuse program: Russia and Pakistan. Russia apparently doesn't feel that granting asylum to National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and his multiple laptops and thumb drives is a big deal.
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NEWS
By Rachel Marsden | August 14, 2013
There's a grade-school-level international game being played. It's like the one you played as a kid when you would have a friend punch you as hard as possible in the stomach to see how long you could keep a fake smile plastered on your face. "Oh, THAT didn't hurt AT ALL! Hit me harder, you wimp!" That, right now, is America -- and it needs to stop. Let's take two recent beneficiaries of the goodies-for-abuse program: Russia and Pakistan. Russia apparently doesn't feel that granting asylum to National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and his multiple laptops and thumb drives is a big deal.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
Navy linebacker Brye French had never met Brendan Looney, only hearing stories about the former academy lacrosse star and his two brothers from longtime coach Richie Meade. Then one day during French's sophomore year, Meade told his team that the eldest Looney brother had died in Iraq. French, who had come to Navy to play both lacrosse and football, began to understand the reasons he was in Annapolis when he heard about Looney's death in a helicopter crash. It was further clarified for French when the lacrosse team attended the funeral of Navy SEAL from Silver Spring.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
Navy linebacker Brye French had never met Brendan Looney, only hearing stories about the former academy lacrosse star and his two brothers from longtime coach Richie Meade. Then one day during French's sophomore year, Meade told his team that the eldest Looney brother had died in Iraq. French, who had come to Navy to play both lacrosse and football, began to understand the reasons he was in Annapolis when he heard about Looney's death in a helicopter crash. It was further clarified for French when the lacrosse team attended the funeral of Navy SEAL from Silver Spring.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | May 11, 2011
We've heard a lot about SEAL Team 6 in recent days -- the elite Navy team that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. One of the things that's been oft-repeated is the team members' penchant for humility and secrecy.  For instance, as TIME puts i t: "The first rule of Navy SEAL Team 6 is you don't talk about SEAL Team 6. In fact, the U.S. military has never publicly acknowledged its existence. "  And no one takes that dedication to clandestine operations more seriously than the individual Navy SEAL who actually pulled the trigger, killing bin Laden, as Funny or Die's Rob Riggle shows us in the following bit.  (Warning: There is profane language in this clip.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2012
There is no TV genre more problematic than docudrama. And Sunday's premiere of "SEAL Team Six," which claims to be the true, inside story of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, is as problematic as they come. The core issues all grow from the docudramatist's desire to have it both ways in mixing fact and fiction. The goal is to have the credibility of the documentary as well as the poetic license to invent and collapse facts and details in the name of the most compelling storytelling.
NEWS
June 26, 2013
In his recent column ("A silence from liberals that speaks volumes," June 23), Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. condemns Pfc. Bradley Manning as "traitorous. " His evidence? That Seal Team Six found Osama bin Laden in possession of materials Private Manning had released - to the world. Mr. Ehrlich's point is well-taken, but his accusation is unfairly selective. Recently declassified documents reveal that additional incriminating evidence was discovered in bin Laden's hideaway. A box of Rice-a-Roni was in his pantry.
NEWS
November 5, 2012
Why did columnist Thomas F. Schaller leave out the privileged John F. Kennedy as one of the presidents since World War lI who worked successfully on behalf of working-class Americans ("The virtues of a president with humble origins," Oct. 31)? Was it because Kennedy's example does not advance Mr. Schaller's liberal ideology ? It continues to fascinate me that the left - not to mention President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden - continues to take credit for what Seal Team 6 pulled off, but obfuscates the facts surrounding the murder of a U.S. ambassador by al-Qaida or similar terrorist group in Libya.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | November 30, 2011
With some new revelation breaking almost daily in the tawdry scandals that have soiled the great sports programs at Penn State and Syracuse, it might be easy to overlook this uplifting little piece of college football news. Senior fullback Alexander Teich will not be selected in the first round of the next NFL draft and he will not become an instant millionaire for trying to carry a ball past a chalk line, but he did get the offer he was looking for upon graduation from the Naval Academy.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2012
There is no TV genre more problematic than docudrama. And Sunday's premiere of "SEAL Team Six," which claims to be the true, inside story of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, is as problematic as they come. The core issues all grow from the docudramatist's desire to have it both ways in mixing fact and fiction. The goal is to have the credibility of the documentary as well as the poetic license to invent and collapse facts and details in the name of the most compelling storytelling.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | May 16, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • Probably a smart move: Huckabee says he's not running for president . (Fox News)  • A Trump-less Apprentice? If Trump runs for president, NBC will recast him . (Deadline Hollywood)  • Thank God you live in America: Violence breaks out on Israel's borders.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | May 11, 2011
We've heard a lot about SEAL Team 6 in recent days -- the elite Navy team that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. One of the things that's been oft-repeated is the team members' penchant for humility and secrecy.  For instance, as TIME puts i t: "The first rule of Navy SEAL Team 6 is you don't talk about SEAL Team 6. In fact, the U.S. military has never publicly acknowledged its existence. "  And no one takes that dedication to clandestine operations more seriously than the individual Navy SEAL who actually pulled the trigger, killing bin Laden, as Funny or Die's Rob Riggle shows us in the following bit.  (Warning: There is profane language in this clip.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | September 4, 2012
After weeks of hype and recrimination, the public gets a look today at a Navy Seal's account of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden -- a book that already is selling better than "Fifty Shades of Grey. " The author of " No Easy Day," is identified on the cover as Mark Owen (with a ghosting assist from  Kevin Maurer) but he has been widely reported to be ex-Seal Matt Bissonnette, and even as the book is published, the controversy over it continues. The Pentagon recently said that Bissonette breached nondisclosure agreements, and it is considering legal action against him. I'm sure this will take months to resolve, and while the lawyers hash it out, the book will be perched atop the best-seller lists.
NEWS
By Tony Perry and Tony Perry,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 24, 2005
SAN DIEGO - With special steps to safeguard secret CIA and Navy SEAL missions, the court-martial of a Navy lieutenant accused in the death of an Iraqi prisoner began yesterday. Lt. Andrew K. Ledford, a SEAL team member and 1995 graduate of the Naval Academy, is accused of assault, dereliction of duty, filing a false report and conduct unbecoming an officer in the death of Manadel al-Jamadi on Nov. 4, 2003. Ledford, who faces a maximum of 12 years in prison, was part of an elite SEAL unit assigned to find and arrest "high-value" Iraqis and take them to the Abu Ghraib prison for interrogation by the CIA. Al-Jamadi died within an hour of arriving at the prison.
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