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Pentagon Extending Some Military Benefits To Same Sex Couples

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Monday that the Defense Department will provide a number of benefits to the domestic partners of service members in same-sex relationships.

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Sequester Would Hammer Defense Budget

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If the sequester proceeds as planned next month, then the Pentagon will experience a 13 percent cut. Experts say that for the sake of U.S. national security, that must not be allowed to happen.

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Panetta And Dempsey Defend Benghazi Response

Panetta said that the U.S. used all available resources to save American lives, but that the surprise nature of the attack made an earlier response impossible.

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GOP Lawmakers: Dodge Sequestration Through Workforce Reductions

Republican lawmakers from both chambers are proposing legislation to avert the looming threat of sequestration for Fiscal Year 2013 by replacing the automatic Defense cuts with savings incurred from reducing the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition.

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McCain Won’t Filibuster Hagel

The decision from McCain not to join Republican efforts to block the nominee means that Democrats may be moving closer to the 60 votes needed to override a filibuster.

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Poll: Most Voters Think Hagel Will Be Confirmed

A wide majority of likely voters believe that Chuck Hagel will likely be confirmed by the Senate as the U.S.’ next Defense Secretary, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports.

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Levin: Panetta To Testify On Benghazi

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is slated to testify before lawmakers on the Benghazi attacks, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Tuesday.

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Poll: Wide Majority Support Women In Combat Roles

66 percent said they support allowing women in combat while just 26 percent say they do not.

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Pentagon Opens Frontlines To Women

The Pentagon has removed the legal barrier preventing women from serving in direct combat roles. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

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Pentagon Lifting Ban On Combat Roles For Women


The Pentagon will lift a ban on female servicemembers directly serving in combat roles, according to a senior Defense official.

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Hamburg Is Destroyed, Nixon’s “Kitchen Debate”, And Congress Kicks Out Jim Traficant

Here’s what happened today in American political history.

Click here for: Thursday, July 24

● EPA plan for Four Corners haze survives review

● Regulators blitz foreclosure relief scammers

● FOIA suit seeks clemency program documents

● GOP plan raids low-income families

● Human smugglers caught in ICE net

● Birds threatened by football stadium

UN: Rockets Found In Gaza School ‘Have Gone Missing’


The U.N.’s Palestine relief agency said it followed protocol in notifying local Palestinian authorities of the discovered weapons.

Hagel Offers To House Additional Undocumented Children, Extend Base Leases

The Pentagon currently houses 2,500 undocumented children, on three military bases, who have fled Central America where crime is on the rise.

Pentagon: Russia Continues To Supply Weapons To Separatists

Pentagon Spokesman Col. Steve Warren said that Russia continues to supply the Ukrainian separatists with weapons and “includes training on air defense systems.”

IRS Stopped Internal Lerner Email Investigation

“We have gone out of our way not to talk to anyone that they might potentially want to interview about what happened three years ago when the hard drives crashed,” said Koskinen.