As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America's war on terror from September 12, 2001, through fiscal year 2018. That figure: a cool $5.6 trillion (including the future costs of caring for our war vets). On average, that's at least $23,386 per taxpayer. read more
U.S. Army veteran Christopher Wilson showed up to a Utah VA clinic only to receive treatment in a dilapidated room covered in trash and debris, sparking a firestorm on social media and an apology from the clinic.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry declined any criminal charges against the two white Baton Rouge police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, in July 2016 outside a convenience store. At a news conference Tuesday morning, Landry said that after a "thorough and exhaustive review of the facts," his office "cannot proceed with the prosecution of either Officer (Howie) Lake or Officer (Blane) Salamoni." He said the officers attempted to make a "lawful arrest of Alton Sterling based on probable cause."