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Top Military Brass Face Panel Regarding Sexual Assaults

Tuesday on Capitol Hill a panel of top military officers — including the Joint Chiefs of Staff — faced a Senate panel that grilled them about the problem of sexual assault in the military. There was consensus that the problem is unacceptable, but there was less agreement about solutions. One controversial proposal, backed by some Senators, calls for taking responsibility for military trials of sexual assault cases from commanders. NPR's Larry Abramson reports on the debate over the military chain of command and sexual assault.
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What's Next For The FBI: A New Generation Of Challenges

As Robert Mueller's tenure at the director FBI comes to a close, the Obama administration narrows the global war on terror. The White House is expected to nominate former deputy attorney general James Comey. The new leader will face a host of new challenges.
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Senate Committee Investigates Sexual Assaults In U.S. Military

Congress holds another hearing Tuesday on ways to reduce sexual assault in the military. Despite agreement that sexual assault is a problem, the military is struggling to find the most effective way of dealing with the problem. Congress wants to see more offenders go to jail or at least get kicked out of the service. But in fact there's little evidence that strategy will actually reduce the number of assaults.
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Intent To Harm At Center Of Bradley Manning's Trial

Prosecutors say the soldier downloaded thousands of diplomatic cables and war field reports and sent them to the website WikiLeaks. His trial, which begins Monday, highlights the U.S. government's aggressive campaign to keep secrets.
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Can A Huge Hog Deal Pose A National Security Risk?

A Chinese company plans to buy U.S. pork giant Smithfield Foods for nearly $5 billion. The deal may undergo review by an interagency panel known as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. The panel has played a significant role in shaping foreign investments in this country for nearly four decades.
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Report Says Al-Qaida Diminished, But Affiliates Still A Threat

The State Department's Country Terrorism report also says that Iran has boosted its support of global terrorism to a level not seen since the 1990s.
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TSA: No More Graphic, Full-Body Airport Scans

The agency has finished retrofitting controversial full-body scanners with software that allows only a generic outline of the passenger's body to be seen.
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War Zone Visit A McCain Trademark

Trips to war zones have become a signature for Sen. John McCain. While some senators use poster board displays on the Senate floor to make their points, McCain goes them one better and by posing in dangerous places alongside wary men with semiautomatic rifles.
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Father Of Chechen Killed In Florida Says His Son Was Executed

Abdul-Baki Todashev says Ibragim Todashev, who was being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston bombing suspects, was "100 percent unarmed" and that the FBI killed him execution-style.

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