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Gen. John Allen To Retire, Not Pursue NATO Commander Nomination

Marine Gen. John Allen has decided to retire from the military. The former top commander in Afghanistan, Allen had been nominated by President Obama to become commander of all NATO forces.
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Obama Paints Bleak Picture Of Life After Automatic Government Spending Cuts

On Tuesday, President Obama continued his campaign against the automatic across-the-board budget cuts set to take effect on March 1.
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U.S.-Russia Relations Continue To Falter With Prosecution Of Dead Man

Russia is prosecuting a dead man, corruption whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, in a case that has severely complicated U.S.-Russia relations. Congress passed a bill that will punish anyone involved in the Magnitsky case and other major human rights violators in Russia. The Russian parliament responded by banning adoptions by American families of Russian children. It is against this backdrop that the new Secretary of State John Kerry finds himself searching for ways to reset relations once again.
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Report: Chinese Government Hackers Behind Dozens Of Attacks On U.S. Companies

China's army is behind a prolific group of hackers who've attacked dozens of American companies and government agencies. That's according to a detailed report released Tuesday by Mandiant, a computer security firm. Melissa Block talks with Mandiant CEO Kevin Mandia.
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Whose Sequester Is It Anyway?

It's widely accepted that indiscriminate spending cuts in defense and domestic programs due to start March 1 are likely to occur owing to the failure of President Obama and the Republican-led House to reach an agreement. But where voters will place most of the blame is still an open question.
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End Of Winter Drives Nation's Gas Prices Uphill

Gas prices typically rise this time of year as refineries switch to summertime formulas, which are designed to reduce smog. But because of maintenance work — partially delayed by Superstorm Sandy — the run-up in prices is happening earlier this year.
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Cold War Bunker Network Repurposed For 21st Century Threats

In Charlotte, N.C., a secret bunker rests quietly below a radio station. Built in 1963, it was part of a federal network designed to provide emergency communications in case of a nuclear attack. With a new slew of potential threats to contend with, FEMA has revived the idea.
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What's Driving The Violence In Chicago

More than 500 homicides were reported in Chicago in 2012, 16 percent more than in 2011. After the murder of Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago teen shot a week after attending the inauguration, more attention has been focused on urban violence.

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