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Pentagon Welcomes DOMA Ruling

The Defense Department “intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses — regardless of sexual orientation — as soon as possible.

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Hagel Praises LGBT Community At Pentagon Pride Event

“Now they can serve openly, with full honor, integrity and respect,” he said. “This makes our military and our nation stronger, much stronger.”

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Special Forces Official Wary Of Integrating Women

Women make up about 14 percent of the 1.4 million active U.S. military personnel.

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Afghan Forces Take Security Lead

There are currently 185,000 Afghan nationals enlisted in its military operations.

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Hagel To Attend Gay Pride Event At The Pentagon

White House adviser Valerie Jarrett will be giving the keynote address on behalf of President Obama.

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Hagel: Commanders Should Continue To Handle Sexual Assault Cases

“I don’t personally believe that you can eliminate the command structure in the military from this [legal] process because it is the culture, it is the institution, it is the people within the institution who have to fix the problem.”

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Leahy: State Prosecutors Could Tackle Military Sexual Misconduct

“Allowing state prosecutors to prosecute would send a warning to military commanders that to do things as they have always done is no longer acceptable.

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Hagel Says DoD Reviewing Relationship With Contractors

Edward Snowden, a former employee of Booz Allen Hamilton who identified himself as the whistleblower behind the NSA leaks, was paid a six-figure salary.

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The Crisis In Syria Is Going Where?

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations held a conference in Washington today to discuss the escalating regional conflict in Syria.

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House Intelligence Chair Says NSA Tracking Halted Terror Plot

“In the last few years this program was used to stop a terrorist attack in the U.S,” Rogers said during a press conference.

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● Trade panel rebuffs American consumers

● Students file First Amendment lawsuit

LISTEN: The Day Ahead – October 21, 2014

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More British army medics deploy to Sierra Leone, Ukraine and Russia talk energy in Brussels and the U.N. elects new members to the Human Rights Council.

Smithsonian Board Meeting Disrupted By Staff Seeking Wage Increases

Government employees protested for increased wages at the Smithsonian's annual Board of Regents meeting at the Smithsonian Hirschorn Museum, Oct. 20, 2014. (Photo by James Cullum)

Federal contract workers call for better pay and benefits at the annual Smithsonian Board of Regents meeting on Monday.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – October 20, 2014

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The U.S. transports Kurdish weapons to Kobani, disturbing reports of sexual violence in South Sudan and a very dirty Beijing Marathon.

Rubio Plans To Pursue Travel Ban Legislation

Rubio plans to introduce the new legislation in November when the Senate returns to session.

UN in Brief: Calm & Conflict for October 20, 2014

U.N. human rights experts condemn Detroit for shutting off water to residents, Nigeria is declared ‘Ebola-free,’ and Iraqi aid need far outstrips capacity.