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The Hack Of Federal Employee Data Is Even Worse Than First Thought

The Office of Personnel Management provided new details on the largest ever cyber breach of federal employee data. It now says that sensitive information of some 22 million individuals was stolen.
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Russia Poses 'Greatest Threat' To U.S., Gen. Dunford Tells Senate Panel

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing Thursday to consider the nomination of Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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Army To Cut 40,000 Troops Over 2 Years At U.S. Bases

The decision to shrink the Army to 450,000 active-duty personnel was made months ago, but Congress was only briefed on the details of the plan in recent days.
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Joint Chiefs Nominee Says Russia Could Pose 'Existential Threat' To U.S.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said that Moscow poses the greatest threat to U.S. national security and that Ukraine requires U.S. arms to counter Russian aggression.
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Kerry Says Iran Nuclear Talks 'Will Not Be Rushed'

Secretary of State John Kerry says there's progress in nuclear talks with Iran but no deal yet. He says the U.S. won't be rushed.
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Kerry: 'We Will Not Rush' Deal On Iran's Nuclear Program

If an agreement cannot be reached by midnight, Congress will double the time it takes to review any pact.
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Senate Panel Considers Gen. Dunford's Joint Chiefs Nomination

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a confirmation hearing Thursday on the nomination of Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "
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FBI Director Says Agents Need Access To Encrypted Data To Preserve Public Safety

James Comey testified about cases in which unencrypted data made the difference in convicting dangerous criminals. Opponents say any encryption programs that let governments in also let hackers in.
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FBI Director Brings Silicon Valley Encryption Fight To Capitol Hill

FBI Director James Comey went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to make a case for Silicon Valley companies to continue to let law enforcement monitor communications over encrypted devices.
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Kurdish Forces Retake Ground From Self-Declared Islamic State In Syria

With the help of U.S. airstrikes, Kurds in Syria have taken ground from the self-declared Islamic State. But that could alienate Arab rebel groups — wary of the Kurds — who the U.S. needs to take on the extremists.

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