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Poll: Hagel’s Disapproval Rating Rises

A new Pew Research survey out today shows that Hagel’s unfavorability rating has climbed 11 points in the past month.

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Sequester Would Sideline Thousands Of DoD Civilian Employees

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had the unenviable job today of informing hundreds of thousands of his civilian employees that they could be furloughed if the sequester takes effect on March 1.

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Gen. John Allen Retiring

Gen. John Allen, who until recently served as the head of coalition forces in Afghanistan, will retire from the military. Allen was poised to take on the role as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.

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GOP Stalls Hagel Confirmation

Senate Democrats failed Thursday to secure the 60 votes needed to override Republican efforts to deny Chuck Hagel, the administration’s nominee to be Defense Secretary, from receiving an up or down vote.

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Opposition To Hagel Frustrates White House

“We need our new secretary of defense in place,” said Deputy spokesman Josh Earnest.

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Panetta Honors Hillary Clinton

In a ceremony at the Pentagon, Panetta heralded Clinton for her strong sense of pragmatism and efforts to enhance cooperation between the State Department and the Pentagon.

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Hagel Nod Passes Armed Services Committee

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Tuesday to allow Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Defense Secretary proceed. In a clear party line vote, all 14 Democrats on the committee backed Hagel while 11 Republicans voted against. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) declined to cast his vote either way. Hagel’s nomination will now go to the full Senate, […]

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Poll: Majority Of Americans Back Drone Strikes

While the use of drones has sparked controversy following the release of a White House memo legally justifying the use of the unmanned military aircrafts against American citizens believed to be terrorists, a new Pew Poll shows that the publicly broad backs their use.

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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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Kerry: Obama Can Fight ISIL Without Congress

Secretary of State John Kerry said that the AUMF from 2001 gives President Barack Obama the authority to attack ISIl without Congressional approval.

House Approves Continuing Resolution

The Continuing Resolution was sponsored by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), who said on the House Floor that that it was “our best, most clear path forward to keep the lights of the federal government on until year’s end.”

House Gives Obama Authority To Arm/Train Syrian Rebels To Fight ISIS

The amendment is part of the Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded. It now goes to the Senate for approval.

LISTEN: The Day Ahead – September 18, 2014

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Chinese President Xi Jinping continues his tour of India, John Kerry testifies before the House, and the US energy secretary visits his Canadian counterpart.

House Democrats Attempt To Force Vote On ENDA

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ENDA would outlaw the practice of discriminating against Americans when applying for jobs based on sexual orientation or personal gender identification.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – September 17, 2014

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Scotland braces for Thursday’s critical independence referendum. Comedian Eddie Izzard and rockers Franz Ferdinand weigh in.