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Bernie Sanders' Pacifist History Resurfaces

He applied for conscientious objector status during Vietnam War

(Newser) - With rising poll numbers comes rising scrutiny, and critics are starting to take note of Bernie Sanders' pacifist ways as a young man. Sanders applied for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War, reports ABC News , which notes that a Hillary Clinton supporter raised the issue in a Des Moines ... More »

C'mon, ESPN: Tiger, Tebow Aren't Muhammad Ali

Network needs moratorium on dumb comparisons

(Newser) - “Can ESPN please declare a company-wide moratorium on comparing current athletes to Muhammad Ali?” Dave Zirin begs after suffering through the “idiocy” of Worldwide Leader columnists equating Tim Tebow (for appearing in a pro-life ad) and Tiger Woods (for his courageous comeback from … sex addiction) to the... More »

Hasan Didn't Try to Leave Army

Fort Hood shooter didn't file paperwork

(Newser) - Nidal Malik Hasan may have been disgrunted with the military and wanted to get out, as a relative has claimed, but he did not formally apply for a discharge. The suspected Fort Hood shooter might’ve talked to his superiors privately about not wanting to serve in Afghanistan, but he... More »

Canada to Deport US Deserter

Mother who fled to avoid Iraq could face years in jail on return to US

(Newser) - The first woman soldier to flee to Canada to avoid serving in Iraq has been denied asylum, the Globe & Mail reports. Immigration officials told Kimberly Rivera, a mother of three, that she has until January 27 to leave the country or face deportation. Rivera served in Iraq in... More »

Deserters Fleeing War Go North—Again

In Canada, AWOL troops join forces with Vietnam draft-dodgers

(Newser) - Iraq war deserters aren't crossing the Canadian border in VW buses, but they are trickling across—and connecting with Vietnam draft dodgers who made the same trek 4 decades ago. About 200 Iraq resisters have migrated north, the Washington Post reports. Some grew disillusioned in Baghdad; others went AWOL from... More »

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