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Obama's Foreign Policy: The Way Forward With Iran

As President Obama prepares for a second term, a host of international challenges await. In a piece in the Washington Post, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that as Obama prioritizes his foreign policy goals, "It is essential that the issue of war or peace with Iran be fully vented."
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Obama To Unveil Gun Control Plans

President Obama will make his second speech on guns and gun violence at the White House Wednesday. He is urging Congress to move quickly to pass a raft of bills that would limit access to more deadly weapons. Among the guests at Wednesday's speech: children who wrote to him after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
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Guantanamo Bay Still Unresolved

President Obama is a week away from getting sworn into a second term in office — but he still has plenty of unfinished business. Four years ago, he vowed to shut down the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the facility is still up and running. Host Michel Martin discusses what's next for Guantanamo.
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U.S. Provided 'Technical Assistance' In Botched French Raid, Obama Says

A French soldier and 17 Islamist rebels were killed in the raid to rescue a French hostage, who is also believed to have died. The president's acknowledgment of the U.S. role in the raid came the same day as France said the U.S. provided "communications and transport" support for the ongoing French military action against Islamist rebels in Mali.
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Uncertainty Looms For Pentagon In Obama's Second Term

Facing sequestration cuts, a troop drawdown in Afghanistan and what's expected to be a contentious fight over the next defense secretary, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that some of the biggest challenges for the Department of Defense come from inside U.S. borders. Still, the Pentagon's job is to anticipate future threats — and prepare.
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Former Marine Who Shot At The Pentagon Sentenced To 25 Years

Yonathan Melaku, the former Marine who admitting to firing a gun at several U.S. military buildings in the Washington, D.C., area in 2010, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, in a plea deal that makes his sentence non-negotiable. After his arrest, Melaku was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
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Ex-Ambassador Crocker Supports Hagel's Nomination

Many Republicans have criticized President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary. Some Democrats are uneasy about their president's pick as well. But former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan Crocker tells Steve Inskeep that Hagel is the right man for the job.

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