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Hagel Hasn’t Seen Evidence Of Syria Using Chemical Weapons

The U.S. Defense Secretary told reporters that he doesn’t know anything about a French report that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against opposition forces.

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Service Chiefs Reject Removing Gillibrand’s Sexual Assault Proposal

“I urge that military commanders remain central to the legal process,” General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

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Bradley Manning Trial Begins

Manning was initially arrested in May, 2010.

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Report: Sgt. Responsible For Afghan Massacre To Plead Guilty

A plea hearing has been set for June 5th where Bales is expected to give details of the massacre.

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DoD Launches Chat Line For Sexual Assualt Victims

The new service allows victims of sexual assault to participate in group chat sessions so victims can connect with and support one another in a moderated and secure context.

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Suicide Bombing Hits Red Cross Building In Afghanistan

This is the second assault on a humanitarian organization in Afghanistan in less than a week.

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Afghan Security Forces Faring Well In Southwest, Reports Official

The ANA has conducted the latest security operations in and around Sangin on their own , utilizing only U.S. medevac capabilities.

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Report Claims China Hacked Into Military Designs

The report, generated by the Defense Science Board (DSB) for Pentagon leaders, was first obtained by the Washington Post and confirmed by the Pentagon on Tuesday.

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Hagel To Discuss NK With Japanese And South Korean Officials

Hagel will discuss North Korea with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts.

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Poll: Voters Split On Closing Guantanamo

While President Obama initially raised the facility’s closure during the 2008 campaign, the issue has been brought to the forefront again following a high-profile national security speech from Obama last week.

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With TV Grant, Gov. Scott Aims For Hispanic Hipsters

Gov. Rick Scott is aiming for Hispanic hipsters with a grant to help launch Fusion TV in Miami.

The Republican made a splash in Miami last year when he pledged $5 million in state money to help launch the new youth-oriented Fusion network.

Obama, DoJ Consider Voter ID Laws To Be Fraudulent

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To hear President Obama describe it, it’s un-American to be asked to prove who you are.

TRNS News Notes — 4/17/14

News Notes

Deadly Ukraine clashes
Talks: chance to step back – or not?
High-stakes talks: power levers
South Korea ferry sinking: “sorry”
Immigration: Obama/Cantor: Pow! Zap!
Deportations down since 2009

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● Piercing the “star chamber”

● Getting control of diabetes

● Say it ain’t so, Joe

● Mercury migrates to western fish

● Patients need protection from providers

● Living in the shadows of danger

Obama, Biden Announce $600 Million In Grants For Schools

The president said that reviving America’s middle class “is the defining issue of our time.”

Lerner Looked Into Prosecuting Tea Party Groups

New documents show that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner consulted with government lawyers on possible charges against conservative groups that had sought tax-exempt status.