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Local Service Members Among Recent Deaths In Afghanistan

Service members from Virginia and Maryland are among the recent war dead, one in the fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week and another a victim of a 'green on blue' attack.

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Friday News Roundup - International

A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan killed seven American troops and four Afghans. The U.S. accused Iran of building and training a Syrian militia. The euro zone economy contracted in the second quarter despite German growth. And Ecuador granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum. Yochi Dreazen of National Journal, Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News and Thom Shanker of The New York Times join guest host Tom Gjelten of NPR for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Montgomery County Gets $40M For Walter Reed Transportation Improvements

Montgomery County will get $40 million to make transportation improvements around the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, an area which has seen increased traffic since Walter Reed merged with the National Naval Medical Center there. 

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Debate Over Automatic Spending Cuts (Rebroadcast)

The White House says it's preparing federal agencies for possible year-end mandated spending cuts. Debate over how sequestration could affect the government, military and economy.

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Friday News Roundup - International

The European Central Bank left its main interest rate unchanged, but ECB head Mario Draghi signaled the bank could purchase bonds and lower borrowing costs in the future. The battle for Aleppo raged on as Syrian rebels' handling of pro-government militiamen drew criticism. President Barack Obama announced new sanctions on Iran's energy sector. And India suffered the worst blackout in history, which left 670 million people without power. James Kitfield of National Journal, Susan Glasser of Foreign Policy magazine and David Ignatius of The Washington Post join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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GOP Senators Stop In Virginia To Decry Defense Cuts

Three Republican senators, including one rumored to be on the short list of potential Mitt Romney running mates, are railing against potential defense cuts in Virginia today.

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A Smaller Government: Risks, Rewards, Reform

In many ways, the entire Washington region is a "company town." All of us, not just federal employees and contractors, will be affected by the $100 billion dollar federal budget cuts slated to automatically start in less than five months.

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At Vietnam Vets Memorial, Green Grass Aplenty

Some of the best-manicured grass in the region can be found around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall — thanks to dedicated volunteers and generous private donors.

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Chaos In Syria And Regional Implications

Attacks in Damascus and what the ongoing chaos in Syria may mean for Iran, Israel and security in the region.

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The Use (And Possible Misuse) Of Polygraphs

Are there limits on what a government agency can ask its employees and prospective employees? And if an agency learns of illegal activities by its employees or applicants, what responsibility does the agency have to report that behavior to proper authorities?

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