March 8 - Hearing damage is the primary reported disability of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). The VA predicts that about 70,000 of the 1.3 million soldiers who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan receive disability payments for tinnitus, a ringing in the ears, and over 58,000 more receive money for other hearing problem. The United States Army has announced plans to strengthen the efforts to protect soldiers from hearing loss.
Political Party: Democratic Current Position: Public interest advocate; community activist; lawyer; Executive director of The Arca Foundation, 2000 – present District: Four Political Experience: First executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence; executive director for the Center for a New Democracy
March 4 - Senator John McCain won the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential race by getting more than the 1,191 convention delegates. Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was the last Republican challenger to concede. Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are neck and neck as each tries to secure the Democratic nomination.
Feb. 7 - Sixty-two people in connection with the Gambino family, one of the largest organized crimes groups in the United States, were indicted and 54 are in custody. The charges range from murder to extortion and theft of union pension funds. The arrests came after many years of investigations that have connected some of the alleged criminals to murders and other crimes from as early as the 1970s. Arrests were simultaneously made in Italy in conjunction with this case.
Political Party: Republican Current Position: Moshe Technologies, Owner; Montgomery County Young Republicans, President; Maryland Club Developments of Young Republicans, Vice President District: Four Political Experience: Jeff Stein's campaign team during the 2006 U.S. Congress for Maryland's Eighth District, campaign manager
Jan. 22 - The Department of Homeland Security plans to require identification at the Canadian and Mexican borders starting on Jan. 31. A driver's license or a declaration of citizenship will no longer be sufficient for passing between Canada and the United States. This goes against a bill passed by Congress after Sept. 11 that says extra identification cannot be required. The bill is supposed to go into effect in June 2009.
Political Party: Republican Current Position: U.S. Senator from Arizona State: Arizona Political Experience: Director at the Navy Senate Liaison Office, 1977-1981; U.S. Representative from Arizona's First District, 1983-1987; U.S. Senator from Arizona, 1986-present
Political Party: Democratic Current Position: Senator State: Alaska Political Experience: Alaska House of Representatives, 1963 - 1966; Speaker of Alaska House of Representatives, 1965 - 1966; Senator from Alaska, 1969 – 1981; served on Finance, Interior, Environmental and Public Works committees and chaired the Energy, Water Resources, Buildings & Grounds and Environmental Pollution subcommittees
Political Party: Republican Current Position: Author, Speaker, Radio Talk Show Host State: Maryland Political Experience: Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, 1983-1985; Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, 1985-1988
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