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U.S. Govt. To Troops

Screw The Shutdown

We'll Let You Watch Football

10/7/2013 9:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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U.S. troops just scored a major military victory -- the right to watch NFL games again -- because the top dude at the Pentagon has done an about-face ... TMZ has learned.

We're told ... Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering certain furloughed employees at the Dept. of Defense to return to work ... and that includes the Armed Forces Network -- which had to stop broadcasting games because its staff was furloughed.

As we reported ... during Fox's football coverage yesterday,  Howie Long slammed the government shutdown  ... for curtailing the football broadcasts and damaging service members' morale.

Hagel says Pentagon officials decided they could end furloughs "for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members." 

The order is effective immediately -- the AFN is already getting its broadcast operations back up to speed.

Monday Night Football is on, baby.

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offtheproperty    

obama is a muslim curse on us.

198 days ago
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braintrain    

Very cool

198 days ago
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fresera    

I know this doesn't seem like much on its face, but Howie Long said it well. If our troops want football on Sundays to have just a bit of home while serving overseas, then LET THEM HAVE FOOTBALL!! It's the LEAST the government can do.

198 days ago
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Kathy    

Thank you very much Chuck Hagel.

198 days ago
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M.T.    

Yeah but it isnt fair to the other furloughed government employees who's jobs are way more essential than these peoples are... I support our troops but if they're going to furlough one dept. they need to to it for everyone, jmo...

198 days ago
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Rocko    

Good Looking out Sec of Def !!!

198 days ago
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Clytemnestra     

Thank you, Howie! Sometimes the squeaky wheel does get the grease.

198 days ago
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Jordan    

They May Let the Troops watch NFL Football, buy come college the Armed Forces Schools will not Be Playing on Saturdays because of the Shutdown.

198 days ago
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static    

Why the hell did he let it get cut off in the first place?

198 days ago
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Leslie    

Oh, great, football is back, but federal park rangers are throwing 80 year old couples out of their privately owned Lake Mead homes because the land is federally owned. Really great display of priorities.

198 days ago
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Brian    

This is how they can get everyone back on the job. Find a way for them not working to hurt the morale of the Armed Forces. Pretty tricky. I'm sure there's a way to do that. Maybe some of them are married to people who aren't working. That's hurting the morale of those soldiers. Back to work everyone. Maybe the US would be better off if the workers went back to work and the politicians are furloughed.

198 days ago
12.

Kelly Rollins    

Once again Obama is embarrassed on national TV with Howie Long rightfully scolding our government for this...I love it too!

This petty "make it hurt" action of our President hurts the morale of our military...yet Obama's dog walker is still employed as an "essential employee!" He has two daughters that can pick up the poop.

Thanks Howie Long for making Obama understand that it's not all about him!

198 days ago
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His Prince Michael    

Never mind the contrivied "Kindness" - we can never do enough for our Servicemen and Servicewoman.


Hagel, Holder, and the entire Fascist and patently Anti-American "administration" of the U.S. Pharaoh, shall face -With, The True and Living Yahweh as My Witness- severe and lasting consequences for their betrayal of the American Citizen and their long dirty-war against the Judeo-Christians. No excuses, no exceptions, NO DEFENSES.


The Declaration of 2008:
www.all4webs.com/q/f/love4yahweh
The Final Declaration (2009)
www.all4webs.com/x/w/all4yahweh
The 2013 Sentence:

198 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

LMAO... Football trumped the FAA Airline Safety Inspectors.

198 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

Now the picking and choosing who and what is more important than the other. Everybody has their own opinions, priorities, and causes none of which is superior to somebody elses. So I say, its ALL govt open or NO govt open. Love the troops but football does not, in my opinion, override new patients at NIH.

198 days ago
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