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50 Years After A Cold War Drama, A Silver Star

Francis Gary Powers became an iconic Cold War figure when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. Yet when he returned home, a shadow hung over him. On Friday, the Pentagon honored him posthumously.
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With DREAM Order, Obama Did What Presidents Do: Act Without Congress

President Obama's immigration order Friday angered some lawmakers — not unlike earlier members of Congress when presidents used executive authority to complete the Louisiana Purchase, sign the Emancipation Proclamation, integrate the U.S. military and order warrantless surveillance after Sept. 11.
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In Washington, Leaking As A Way Of Life

The debate over news leaks bubbled up again this week after reports that The New York Times relied on information from top-tier and unnamed U.S. officials to reveal details about the U.S. cyberbattle against Iran. On the 40th anniversary of Watergate, here's a look at the "pressure valves of democracy."
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On The Ground With Troops In Afghanistan

NPR's Pentagon correspondent, Tom Bowman, recently spent several weeks in Afghanistan following the last major combat offensive in the region. He and Andrew Exum of the Center for a New American Security talk about the situation on the ground just two years shy of the withdrawal deadline.
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The Pentagon's Biggest Threat In Years? Budget Cuts

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testified about the defense budget on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
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U.S. Criticism Of Pakistan No Longer Hush-Hush

Officials used to use diplomatic language when talking about differences with Pakistan, but now they're not bothering to disguise their frustrations. Several recent events have shown just how blunt the Americans have become.
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Ahead Of Moscow Talks, U.S. Options On Iran

The next round of talks over Iran's nuclear ambitions opens in Moscow in June. Michele Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon, joins NPR's Neal Conan to talk about the U.S. options on Iran.

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