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Gen. Lloyd Austin Headed To CENTCOM

Austin, who had previously served as the U.S. commander in the waning days of the Iraq war, will oversee military involvement in the Middle East.

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Israeli Defense Minister: Sanctions Working, But Not Well Enough

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday that the sanctions imposed against Iran are working, but will likely not be enough to stop the country from developing into a nuclear threat.

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Report: White House Considering Chuck Hagel For Natl. Security Role

The White House is considering tapping retired Republican Senator Chuck Hagel (Neb.) for a national security position, according to Foreign Policy.

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Panetta Orders Ethics Review For Top Officers

Amid a series of scandals that have tinged senior members of the Armed Forces, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered a review of ethical conduct among the country’s top officers. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey will head the process by working with the service chiefs to ensure that the military […]

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Army General Demoted After Misusing Funds

General William E. Ward, who until 2011 headed U.S. Africa Command, will be demoted before retiring after he was found to have misused hundreds of thousands of dollars on unauthorized travel. The move, announced by the Pentagon Tuesday evening, demotes Ward from a four-star Major General to a three-star Lieutenant General. In addition, Ward will […]

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Obama Standing By Allen

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today that President Obama “has faith” in Gen. John Allen, the U.S. top Commander in Afghanistan who is apparently linked to the email scandal that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus last week. Carney added that the president “thinks very highly” of Allen, who Obama nominated to […]

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What’s Next For John Kerry?

Tuesday brought a new signal over what could be next for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry (D). Kerry, who unsuccessfully ran for President in 2004, currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was considered a likely replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. However, the Washington Post reports that Kerry could […]

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Top General Linked To Petraeus Scandal

General John Allen, the head of coalition forces in Afghanistan, appears to be linked to the scandal that resulted in CIA Director David Petraeus stepping down. Petraeus’ biographer and suspected mistress, Paula Broadwell, allegedly sent threatening emails to Jill Kelley, a Tampa, Florida based social director. The action prompted an FBI investigation that determined that […]

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Report: Shots Fired At Drone Will Result In “Measured” U.S. Response

Iran can expect a “measured response” from the U.S. following reports that the nation fired upon an American Predator drone, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the American Forces Press Service Monday. Dempsey asserted that the attack occurred within international airspace, thus making it a clear sign of aggression. […]

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U.S. Must Improve Engagement With Locals, Advises Odierno

Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno said Thursday that U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has taught the Army the importance of achieving stability by engaging with local populations. “It’s about understanding the underlying fabric of the societies, that’s where we made our mistakes,” Odierno said during an appearance before the Center for Strategic […]

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‘Carbon Pricing’ Emerges As UN Climate Summit Darling

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The market-based mechanism received the endorsement of the U.N. Secretary-General and World Bank president at Tuesday’s gathering in New York.

LISTEN: The Day Ahead – September 24, 2014

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Barack Obama addresses the U.N. General Assembly, Bill de Blasio address the U.K.’s Labour Party and India drops a satellite into orbit around Mars.

Interview: Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala At The Clinton Global Initiative’s 10th Annual Meeting

Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala.

The former HHS Secretary spoke is retiring, and spoke briefly about her plans…

LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – September 23, 2014

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135 world leaders attend a United Nations climate summit. We survey some of the concrete commitments put on the table.

Jim Webb: “I Am Seriously Looking At The Possibility Of Running For President”

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The former Virginia Senator spoke at the National Press Club on Tuesday.

Interview: Sharing The Sun With WakaWaka And The Clinton Global Initiative

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TRNS Chief Ellen Ratner interviewed WakaWaka’s CEO Maurits Groen, who attended the Clinton Global Initiative’s 10th Annual Meeting in New York.