Tuesday Morning Joe: Kickback scandal rocks Army National Guard, vet tuition rates, secret Taliban talks, happy birthday Facebook...

By Northwest Military News Team on February 4, 2014


More than 800 soldiers are under criminal investigation for gaming a National Guard program that paid hundreds of millions in bonuses to soldiers who persuaded friends to sign up during the darkest years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been holding secret talks with Taliban officials in an effort to bridge peace with his government,

The House is nearing passage of legislation that would require public universities around the country to charge veterans in-state tuition rates or face financial penalty.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is still puzzled by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal's refusal to fight for his job as coalition commander in Afghanistan.

There is a new threat in the terrorist hotbed of Africa, and the U.S. military can do much more to combat it: Poaching of endangered elephants and rhinos.

The Pentagon has learned that if it can't go through Congress to get what it wants, sometimes it's best to try going around.

World defense spending will rise in 2014 for the first time in five years, a key study found Tuesday, driven by arms races in Asia and the Middle East, as well as a resurgent Russia.

The Labor Department has awarded two grants totaling $900,000 to fund services provided by the department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service.

Israel's regional turmoil sparked by popular uprisings and sectarian conflict has reduced prospects for conventional war in the coming year.

The Navy is making several changes to its advancement system for petty officers, including a formula that would add greater weight to performance evaluations and less to advancement tests.

Soldiers who are victims of sexual assault are showing more willingness to report crimes against them.

Following the Army's safest year on record, accidental fatalities fell once again during the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

The Air Force is sending its latest batch of beautiful, brand new C-27Js straight to the boneyard in Arizona's desert.

So the latest Flaming Lips release comes in a life-size chocolate skull ...

The Cure plans to release a new album this year.

The Pixies did a "Tiny Desk Concert" for NPR.

Cameron Crowe writes about working with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Lester Bangs in Almost Famous.

Facebook made you a sentimental video to celebrate its 10th birthday.

Mark Dice claims Bruno Mars' Super Bowl show included Illuminati signs.

Child needs to be left alone with his feelings, dad.