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With Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' An Era Ends

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Now that the controversial gays-in-the-military policy has been officially lifted, an active duty Air Force lieutenant reveals his true identity for the first time. And a gay-rights strategist reflects on how the military has responded to the shift.
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American Presidents On Palestine

From Carter to Obama, an ever-evolving position.
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U.S. Underwhelmed With Emerging Powers At U.N.

The Obama administration has courted the world's emerging powers. But now that India, South Africa and Brazil have rotating seats on the U.N. Security Council, U.S. officials and human rights activists complain they're not living up to expectations.
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U.S. Now Relies On Alternate Afghan Supply Routes

The Pentagon began the Northern Distribution Network at the end of 2008, bypassing Pakistan to supply military operations in Afghanistan. Those routes have become even more critical as U.S.-Pakistan relations have deteriorated.
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For A Marine Hero, A Medal Of Honor

Cpl. Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and charged into a Taliban ambush to save American and Afghan troops. President Obama is giving him the Medal of Honor on Thursday, the first time a living Marine has received it since the Vietnam war.
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An Interrogator Writes 'The Inside Story Of 9/11'

Former FBI agent and interrogator Ali Soufan talks about dysfunction and rivalries inside the government's counterterrorism agencies that led to missed opportunities — as well as the ineffectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques on collecting intelligence.
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After Sept 12, An Airport Security Overhaul

Ten years ago — the day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — there was not a plane in the sky. Air travel was shut down. As it resumed over the course of the following days and months, security measures at the nations' airports were overhauled. Michele Norris talks with Matthew Wald, who covers transportation for the New York Times.
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Obama: America Does Not Give In To Fear

President Obama says for all that's changed in the decade since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, America's character as a nation has endured, stronger than ever. Obama spoke at a memorial concert in Washington, D.C. Sunday night, marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks. It was one of many ceremonies held across the country, honoring a decade of loss and survival.

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