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When It Comes To Cuts, Pentagon Claims An Eye On The Future

The Pentagon responds to backlash about the veterans pension cuts included in the proposed congressional budget deal. The cuts, which extend to survivors' benefits and special compensation for combat, have riled veterans groups and several lawmakers.
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Veterans Groups Speak Out Against Pension Cuts

Veterans groups are upset about the cut to military pensions in the proposed budget deal. They see it as a broken promise and a sign that veterans are considered politically expendable.
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NSA Reportedly Collected Millions Of Phone Texts Every Day

A presentation slide cited by The Guardian is subtitled "SMS Text Messages: A Goldmine to Exploit." The top secret Dishfire text-collection program was reportedly both global and arbitrary.
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Obama's NSA Speech: Just What Eisenhower Warned About?

VIDEO: On Jan. 17, 1961, Ike spoke to the nation about a military-industrial complex. He said "an alert and knowledgeable citizenry" must help safeguard security and liberty. Friday, exactly 53 years later, Obama will speak about surveillance programs that critics say threaten civil liberties.
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In 'Year Of Action,' What Can President Obama Do?

President Obama has been pressing forward with his economic agenda, and trying to move beyond the controversy over surveillance by the National Security Agency. Host Michel Martin talks about these and other political headlines with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, and Callie Crossley, host of Under the Radar on member station WGBH in Boston.
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Senate Committee Lays Blame For Benghazi With State Department

The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a new bipartisan report on the 2012 Benghazi attack. The report finds that the attack was preventable. According to the committee, fault lies with the State Department for failing to provide adequate security or heed warnings about a deteriorating security situation. The committee claims that individuals associated with al-Qaida affiliates participated in the attack, but it stops short of saying the attack was pre-planned. The report also does not implicate the "core" al-Qaida leadership.
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Reports Of New Video Showing U.S. Soldier Held In Afghanistan

U.S. officials have reportedly received a new "proof-of-life" video of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the first to emerge in years.
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U.S. Official: Afghanistan Could Become 'Narco-Criminal State'

Despite a $7 billion effort to rid the country of opium production, more land than ever before is being used for the illicit trade, says John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.
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Bipartisan Report Calls Benghazi Attacks 'Preventable'

The Senate Intelligence Committee points to a failure by the State Department to provide adequate security. The panel also says that some members of Congress have mischaracterized the Obama administration's statements in the days immediately after the 2012 attacks.
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NSA Reportedly Can Monitor 100,000 Computers Worldwide

Circuit boards and USB cards were implanted surreptitiously in the computers when they were shipped overseas from the manufacturers, The New York Times reports. The program, called Quantum, allows intelligence agencies to alter data and insert malware.

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