Homegrown Terror Victims Deserve Purple Hearts, Says Lieberman

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the Chairs of the House and Senate committees on Homeland Security, introduced legislation Wednesday that would allow the military to award Purple Hearts to service members harmed during domestic terrorist attacks committed by American-born extremists.

The bill is a response to 2009s deadly Fort Hood shooting as well as a drive by shooting by a self-described jihadist outside of a military recruitment station in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“Congress has historically acted to ensure that the recognition we award to our servicemembers keeps pace with the threats they face,” Lieberman said in a statement. “We must face the reality that radicalized individuals and groups within the United States have targeted and will continue to target our men and women in uniform.”

In 1973, Army guidelines for Purple Heart recipients were updated to include those killed or wounded “as the result of an international terrorist attack.” The lawmakers say that the legislation will remove the emphasis on “international.”

Justin Duckham
Justin Duckham is a Senior Washington Correspondent with the Talk Radio News Service. Justin is a proud alumnus of UC Merced, where he studied History, Philosophy and American Studies. Prior to making the jump to politics in 2008, Justin was a music journalist in California. Follow Justin on Twitter @Jduckham

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TRNS News Notes- 4/28

Baltimore explodes in riots
SCOTUS: Gay marriage showdown
Nepal earthquake: 8 million affected
Lynch sworn in as AG
Iran nuke deal: Movement
Obama / Abe meet today in WH

Tuesday, April 28

● Court upholds assault rifle ban

● Palestinian brothers get a SLAPPdown

● Mom’s Day will trigger wild shopping spree

● A revolution for drug injections is on horizon

● Cocaine seizure spoils family outing

● Water fluoridation should be reduced

LISTEN: The Day Ahead – April 28, 2015

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Pope Francis meets with Ban Ki-moon and the Supreme Court hears four major cases that could decide the future of same-sex marriage in the U.S.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – April 27, 2015

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Humanitarian aid is slow to reach Nepal after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake Saturday, and the US pledges to speed up dismantling its retired nuclear weapons.

US to Accelerate Dismantling of Retired Nukes by 20%

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John Kerry extends offer to Russia for both countries to reduce deployed missiles and warheads by a further one-third below New START Treaty levels.

WH Plans To Create Hostage Family Engagement Team

The White House “Hostage Family Engagement Team” initiative would provide “families full-time and direct access to professionals who can provide timely information and other necessary support during and after a hostage crisis,” a senior U.S. official has said