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Pentagon Announces Special Envoy For Guantanamo Closure

The envoy will also facilitate the transfer of detainees from the controversial prison.

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Kerry, Hagel Emphasize Cooperation With Japan

Secretaries Kerry and Hagel are in Japan to discuss an array of security issues, including North Korea’s missile threats.

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Intelligence Officials Claim Shutdown Threatening National Security

“This seriously damages our ability to ensure the safety and security of our citizens,” said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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Hagel: Shutdown Creates Concern Overseas

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that he is looking into ways to exempting more civilian DoD employees from the mandatory furloughs caused by the federal government shutdown, which took effect at midnight.

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Senate Approves Funding For Military Pay

The proposal was passed in the House on Sunday.

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Hagel To Visit South Korea, Then Japan For Security Talks

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will be visiting South Korea and Japan over the next six days engaging in security meetings and greeting U.S. military personnel.

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Pentagon Prepares For Possible Government Shutdown

“People are worrying about if their paychecks are going to be delayed rather than focusing on their mission,” the Pentagon’s Comptroller notes.

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DoD Orders Security Clearance Review Following Navy Yard Shooting

There will be an independent review as well as two others lead by the Defense Department and the Navy.

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Pentagon Officials Boast Of Added Security At U.S. Diplomatic Facilities

The move is a response to last year’s terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including former Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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Navy Yard Gunman Was Awarded Two Medals While On Active Duty

The National Defense Service Medal

Aaron Alexis, the accused gunman in Monday’s shooting at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard, received two medals while serving as a full-time Navy reservist between 2007 and 2011.

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Friday, May 29

● Teen drivers put everyone at peril

● Suit tests EPA’s award of city to Indian tribe

● Mortgage broker gouged blacks and Hispanics

● Welfare participation climbed in 2012

● Cephalon fined $1.2 billion for anti-competitive tactic

● Drone attacks remain popular among Americans

The Day Ahead – May 29, 2015

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The Silk Road’s founder is sentenced in Manhattan district court, John Kerry heads to Nigeria and Thailand hosts a regional conference on its migrant crisis.

The World in 2:00 – May 28, 2015

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The U.N. says it will investigate its partnerships with FIFA after this week’s indictments against soccer’s governing body.

Feds Charge Former House Speaker With Illegal Cash Structuring

The U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. (Photo by James Cullum)

The Department of Justice and IRS charged Dennis Hastert, 73, with illegally transferring funds in an effort to avoid detection by the IRS.

UN Condemns IS Attacks on Iraqi Heritage Sites

UNESCO Executive-Direct Irina Bokova addresses the U.N. General Assembly before the adoption of a resolution on the destruction of Iraqi cultural heritage. May 28, 2015. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The destruction of Iraqi antiquities amounts to ‘cultural cleansing,’ Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador told reporters.

DC Metro Bans ‘Issue-based’ Ads After Muhammad Cartoon Request

The proposed ad depicts a cartoon that won the “Draw Muhammad” competition in Texas this month where two Islamic State sympathizers opened fire on attendees