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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

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

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Gen. John Allen Cleared In Petraeus Scanal

Allen, who is married, was accused of sending sexually explicit emails to a Florida-based party planner.

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Kerry, Hagel Confirmation Hearings Set

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and former Senator Chuck Hagel will have their confirmation hearings in late January, according to the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations and Armed Services.

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Bigelow Defends Depiction Of Enhanced Interrogation

Senate lawmakers like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have said that the film is misleading since it suggests enhanced interrogation was a vital move in tracking bin Laden down.

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LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – August 29, 2014

The World in 2:00

David Cameron warns of terror risks in the U.K., Malaysia Airlines axes 6,000 jobs, and severe drought from California to Central America.

You Don’t Know What ‘Libertarian’ Means

Don’t ask a libertarian, because most of them don’t know.

UK Raises Terror Threat Level Over ISIS, U.S. Declines

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland,” Jeh Johnson said.

The Soviet Union Folds, Hurricane Katrina Splashes Down And the Air Force Loses Six Nukes

Here’s what happened today in American political history.

Click here for: Friday, August 29

● Poll: Obama foreign policy isn’t tough enough

● Millipede invasion is blocked at border

● Cable boxes go on a power diet

● Suit targets tuition breaks for illegal aliens

● New profile of the 113th Congress

● Labor official stole union funds

Obama: No Plan On Fighting Islamic State

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters from the White House Briefing Room, Aug. 28, 2014. Photo by James Cullum

“We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said.