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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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U.S. Sends 400 Troops To Turkey Amid Syrian Threat

The U.S. announced Friday that 400 personnel and two Patriot Missile units will be sent to Turkey in order to deflect potential threats from nearby Syria.

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LISTEN: The Day Ahead – October 21, 2014

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The last chance to catch Halley’s Comet for the next 47 years, the U.N. Security talks piracy in Somalia and Jimmy Choo lists on the London Stock Exchange.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – October 21, 2014

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London orders surveillance flights over Syria and Qatar earns a spot on the U.N.’s Human Rights Council.

UN in Brief: Calm & Conflict for October 21, 2014

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New aid deliveries arrive in West Africa, but the U.N.’s Ebola relief fund remains only 5% funded, and 15 countries win seats on the Human Rights Council.

NC Senate Race: Tillis To Appear Solo At Candidate Forum

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan declined to appear at the event.

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO: Time Is Right For U.S. To Host

The United States should host another Olympic Games, as long as it makes economic sense, according to the US Olympic Committee CEO.

Christie Convinced Next President Will Be A Governor

“We need to have a big broad bench of good, experienced Republican governors to select from in 2016,” said Christie.