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Panetta: 'Everyone Entitled To A Chance' At Combat

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has scrapped the ground combat exclusion for women, potentially opening up as many as a quarter million jobs, mostly in the Army and Marine Corps. But now it's up to the military services to put it into effect. Many questions remain as to what standards they will come up with and how many women will be able to meet them.
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Women In Combat: Five Key Questions

The Pentagon's announcement that it is lifting the ban on women in combat raises a host of questions. We answer a few.
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The Changing Nature of American Diplomacy

Confirmation hearings begin on Thursday for President Obama's pick to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Nominee Sen. John Kerry told a Senate committee that he would come to the job at a moment when the world is "complicated and ever more dangerous."
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A Closer Look at Women In Combat

The military's lift of the combat ban for women potentially opens up thousands of front-line positions, but many women in uniform argue they've long served in front-line units. Host Neal Conan talks to Lt. Col. Samantha Nerove about what the change may mean and her experiences in the military.
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Women In Combat Ban To Be Lifted

The Pentagon is expected to officially announce Thursday that it will lift the military ban on women in combat. The defense chief's groundbreaking move opens up thousands of front-line positions for women. For more on the Pentagon's decision Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Tom Bowman. And from Kentucky, Blake Farmer of member station WPLN has reaction from Fort Campbell.
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Clinton Cautions North Africa Is A Region To Watch

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave emotional and at times angry testimony about the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans last September. She says the U.S. needs a strategy to deal with what she calls a spreading jihadist threat in a new political landscape.

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