The war on print has moved to actual war zones. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which operates stores on military bases, announced yesterday that it will permanently stop carrying 891 magazine titles due to low demand.
Since modern military bases are equipped with WiFi and allow all sorts of digital devices—iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Android devices, laptops—it’s easy for soldiers to read magazines online. As a result, demand for niche print magazines has been falling. AAFES officials told the American Forces Press Service that magazine sales fell 18.3% from 2011 to 2012.
On Sunday evening, a sea of men wearing black hats and cloaks flooded Foley Square in Lower Manhattan. They bore signs with Hebrew and English lettering, and conversed almost exclusively in Yiddish. Women, what few were in attendance, were given a wide berth. Three hundred rabbis and elders gathered onstage and led the crowd in Read More
Earlier this week, Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc., a group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces personnel, launched a campaign criticizing President Barack Obama for unfairly taking credit for killing Osama bin Laden and leaking national security information for political gain. This is the second high-profile attack on the president from ex-elite military operatives. Last month, Ryan Zinke, a Montana State Senator and former commander of Navy SEAL Team Six, started a super PAC, Special Operations for America, which is dedicated to supporting Mitt Romney and hitting President Obama on leaks and on politicizing Bin Laden’s death. According to Mr. Zinke, these two super PACs are just the first salvo in what will be a sustained assault on the president by high-level ex-soldiers.
“There’s a number of groups out there,” Mr. Zinke told Politicker this morning. “I think what it demonstrates is, there’s a lot of anger, there’s a lot of concern among the former military community.”
This morning, President Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, ridding us of one of the most egregious and backwards-thinking laws on the books. (It’s still a shocker that the Congress pushed the thing through last week, somehow redeeming lame ducks the world over.) What it all means is that following Read More
With a judge’s ruling, the 17-year-old policy of refusing to acknowledge gay and lesbian members of the military is closer to becoming extinct than ever before.
The AP reports that earlier today, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips issued an injunction to cease all practice of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in American Read More