Military Dogs Receive Medal of Courage [PLUS: Asylum Ban Update and Oil Tycoon Dies]

Military Dogs Receive Medal of Courage [PLUS: Asylum Ban Update and Oil Tycoon Dies]

Dogs Receive Medal of Courage

The US Department of Defense honored four retired military dogs – Emmie, Troll, Yeager, and Niko – with the K-9 Medal of Courage last week. It is the highest reward that a canine can receive for service to the US.

  • Emmie worked in Afghanistan finding IEDs. After returning to the US, she worked with staff to sniff out explosive devices at the Pentagon.
  • Troll was responsible for finding explosive devices and saving 65 servicemen and women in Afghanistan in 2012. He also helped clear a landing area for a helicopter after a soldier was wounded.
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  • Yeager took part in over 100 patrols in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the Marine Corps. An explosion killed his handler and injured one of his ears, after which he retired and was adopted by a Marine Corps family.
  • Niko also worked in Afghanistan cleaning routes and sweeping houses for insurgents in known hot zones. This ensured the safety of soldiers before meetings took place.

The American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage has only been in existence since 2016. Still, the Department of Defense awards it to canines regularly, honoring their important role in military operations all over the world.


Supreme Court Allows Trump Asylum Ban to Continue

Less than 24 hours after US District Court Judge Jon Tigar issued an injunction on the Trump administration’s asylum ban, it is already back in effect.

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The US Supreme Court placed a hold on the lower court’s injunction. This is a win for President Trump and anyone in the country who cares about having safe borders.

The hold means that anyone seeking asylum who has illegally traveled through any country on the way to the US cannot cross the border while waiting for a hearing.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayer both dissented.

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Once again the executive branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution. Granting a stay pending appeal should be an extraordinary act. Unfortunately, it appears the government has treated this exception as the new normal.

-Justice Sonia Sotomayer

It could take a year or two before a final ruling is made on the ban.


Oil Magnate T. Boone Pickens Passes Away

Boone Pickens Jr., an iconic oil tycoon responsible for shaping America’s energy industry, has died at 91. Pickens had struggled with his health in recent years, suffering at least one head injury and a series of strokes, but ultimately, died of natural causes.

Pickens, who was born in 1928, came from a long line of energy industry workers. His father, Thomas Boone Sibley Pickens, was also a prolific oil industry worker, inspiring Pickens Jr. to follow in his footsteps. After graduating from college, he worked a variety of jobs until founding Mesa Petroleum in the late 1950s.

By the 80s, Mesa was one of the biggest oil companies in the world. Pickens eventually achieved billionaire status, using his funds to create BP Capital Management. The energy tycoon also donated over $1 billion while alive and was a member of the Giving Pledge, a foundation that encourages wealthy people to donate the majority of their money.

He is survived by 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

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