Washington

How A Shrinking American Military Impacts Japan

Since World War Two, Japan has been the centerpiece of American security in the Pacific. About 50,000 US troops and 85 facilities are based here…along with the US Seventh Fleet. But in recent decades, the Japanese have worried about the strength of that US commitment to the defense of Japan.President Obama’s recent Asia tour and his so-called “pivot” to Asia was meant to assuage Japan.

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Environment

Saving the Great Lakes from invading carp

The Great Lakes are threatened by carp and the proposed solution is to cut the connection between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River basin. President Obama has agreed to conduct a study, but waiting too long for a solution may be detrimental.