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Dec 09, 2015, 08:09 ET from ProfNet

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  • On the Opening of All Combat Roles to Women
  • Trump's Muslim Plan Would Fail Legal Challenge
  • Are Trump's Calls for Internet Censorship, Ban on Muslims Similar to That of a Dictator?


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  • News Editor – Daily Press (VA)
  • Managing Editor – Dallas Business Journal (TX)


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On the Opening of All Combat Roles to Women
Gina Maria DiNicolo
Former U.S. Marine and Military Historian
DiNicolo applauds Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's bold move opening all combat roles to women: "We have a leader finally standing for true equality for women in uniform. As long as jobs have been closed to women, we have seen the 'lunch counter' effect of inequality across the services. With women a subclass to men, it has given some a license to harass women and treat them with less respect. The service chiefs have all but sanctioned such abuse by keeping opportunity based on gender first and not skill."
DiNicolo graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in history. She is a fulltime author, historian, and has written scores of articles for the Military Officer magazine and other publications. She just released her first work of fiction, "Blood Stripe: The Susanna Marcasi Chronicles," a double-take thriller of corruption in Congress, scandal in the Pentagon, sexual assaults against uniformed women and a systemic abuse of power that thrusts the Marine Corps into unspeakable acts.
Contact: Scott Lorenz, 

Trump's Muslim Plan Would Fail Legal Challenge
Chad Ruback
Dallas Appellate Attorney
"Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States may excite his supporters, but would never survive a court challenge. Even the most conservative federal judge would find Trump's proposal to violate at least three different provisions of the U.S. Constitution. This is simply not a close call. To put Trump's proposal into effect would require wholesale revisions to the Constitution or disbanding the entire federal judiciary."
Contact: Rhonda Reddick, 

Are Trump's Calls for Internet Censorship, Ban on Muslims Similar to That of a Dictator?
Dr. Frieda Birnbaum
Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defended his decision Monday to call for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," touching off an outraged response from his rivals for the nomination and from Muslim groups. Speaking at a South Carolina campaign event on Monday, Trump also suggested that, as president, he would prevent the spread of extremism online by speaking with Bill Gates to learn how censor the Internet. Says Birnbaum: "Because of the way Trump presented these two ideas, they reveal that he has characteristics similar to that of a dictator. Dictators tend not to care what others think and believe that their way of doing things supersedes all. The president of a republic would lead through careful review with their advisers and through consulting with the very people of the nation they represent. Trump's leadership style may work fantastic for his companies because he is the founder of them, but is not appropriate for nation which claims to be 'government by the people.'"
Contact: Ryan McCormick,



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