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August 9th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Cutting Back In a Time of War...

Chances are when you make your grocery list, it's a bit shorter these days. You may not frequent the mall as much and the 10 bucks for the occasional trip to the movie just may not be worth it. The economy is rough right now. Budgets are tight and we are all feeling it in our own ways. From the smallest businesses to the biggest organizations.

It appears things aren't much different when it comes to those who defend our country. If you were watching today's show, then you saw Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' live news conference from the Pentagon. He came out and announced a comprehensive plan to reduce costs and streamline the "defense-related bureaucracy" claiming that the Pentagon is saddled with a "top-heavy hierarchy" reflecting "20th century protocols" rather than "21st century priorities." One proposal is eliminating the U.S. Joint Forces Command. Now if you are like me, you didn't have a full understanding of what the USJFC is. You can learn more here.  You can even learn more about what this group has done for the clicking here.

Now don't get me wrong...I am passing no judgment here. I understand that belts have to be tightened and tough decisions have to be made by leaders every day. What I wonder though, is whether there are other places to be cutting back in a time of war?

I don't know. I don't have the answer. It's just a question that popped into my head as I listened to the Defense Secretary speak. What do you think? We'll be talking about this more tomorrow and I'd love to include some of your comments.

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August 9th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

The "Alienation of Affections" Law Explained

A North Carolina woman has filed court documents naming "American Idol" season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino as a primary reason for her divorce. The woman is seeking custody of her two children, alimony and other monetary support. Barrino has acknowleded the relationship and apologized, saying through her manager she was led to believe Antwaun Cook had left his wife. And while Barrino is not directly involved in this legal case, North Carolina is one of only a few states that allow a spouse to sue a third party who interferes with a marriage for "alienation of affection."

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