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Alleged Leaker Manning Subjected To Illegal Pretrial Punishment, Judge Rules

At a pretrial hearing Tuesday at Fort Meade, a military judge said some of the punishment given to Pvt. Bradley Manning while he was in solitary confinement was "more rigorous than necessary." He is accused of sending a mass of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks.
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Future Of U.S. Troops Looms Over Afghan Leader's Visit

President Hamid Karzai is in Washington this week for meetings with President Obama and other officials. One of the key issues to be discussed is the number of American troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when the bulk of U.S. and NATO forces leave.
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Hagel Nomination Could Face Resistance From GOP Over Israel, Iran

President Obama rounded out his second term national security team on Monday. He nominated former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense and chose counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the CIA. Already, Hagel has encountered opposition from some in the GOP who question his commitment to Israel, and Brennan is sure to face questions about his tenure at the CIA under President George W. Bush.
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Hagel Critic: 'He Seems To Have Some Kind Of Problem With Jews'

Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, tapped by President Obama to serve as the next Secretary of Defense, is coming under fire from conservatives for his past positions on Israel, Iran and Iraq. Elliott Abrams is one of the critics. Abrams served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush and is now a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He speaks with Melissa Block about his concerns.

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