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Schumer Backs Hagel

Chuck Hagel’s confirmation process became a little easier Tuesday after Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that he would back the former Nebraska Senator’s nomination as Defense Secretary.

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Panetta: U.S. Won’t Send Troops Into Mali

The outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said there are no plans to put American troops “on the ground” in Mali, a west African nation that has slowly developed into a hotspot of jihadist activity.

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Former Top Army Acquisition Official Warns Against Chinese Purchase Of American Battery Maker

Citing national security concerns, Dean Popps argues that the independent Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States should block the sale of A123 Systems to Chinese-owned Wanxiang.

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Obama, Karzai To Hold Joint Presser

It will be Obama’s second formal press conference since the election, though he also took questions from reporters last month as fiscal cliff negotiations began heating up.

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Republicans Promise Tough Confirmation Hearing For Hagel

Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee previewed Monday what will likely be a tough confirmation process for Chuck Hagel, the President’s choice for the top spot at the Pentagon.

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Gay GOP Group Takes Out Ad Against Hagel

The Log Cabin Republicans took out a full-page ad in today’s Washington Post slamming Hagel for his record on gay rights.

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Obama Taps Hagel, Brennan

President Barack Obama officially named former Senator Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary and Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan as CIA Director Monday.

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WH Recognizes Fallen General Schwarzkopf

“We’ve lost an American original,” said President Obama

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Panetta To Civilian Employees: No Immediate Change If Cliff Is Crossed

“I do not expect our day-to-day operations to change dramatically on or immediately after January 2nd,” Panetta said in guidance sent to the DoD’s workforce.

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CIA Contender Under Investigation

Vickers is widely seen as a possible replacement for David Petraeus at the CIA.

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● Fracking with toxics

● Ebola vaccine rushed to human testing

● Grandparents living with grandchildren

● IRAs are growing more popular

LISTEN: The Day Ahead – October 23, 2014

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Oral arguments begin in a suit against the UN for introducing cholera to Haiti in 2010, a slew of human rights reports and new unemployment data from Spain.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – October 22, 2014

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South Sudan’s U.N. ambassador says his country is experiencing a breakdown of social values, and Sweden continues to search for a mysterious underwater vessel.

Obama Phones Canadian Leader Over Deadly Shooting

In a statement released by the White House, President Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper will continue to stay in touch as the situation unfolds

WHO: Ebola Health Care Workers Still Seeking Guidance On Use Of Personal Protective Equipment

Plus, The Latest Numbers On The Ebola Virus

State Dept. Won’t Rule Out More Kobani Supply Drops

Norwegian fighter jet assists 2011 Libyan no-fly zone

“This is a small amount of risk,” Deputy State Department Spokesperson Harf said.