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Military Suicides Barely Acknowledged at Senator Hagel’s Hearing

Only Senator Donnelly brought up the troubling trend of military suicides. While Donnelly deserves our thanks, getting Hagel to voice his “commitment” to solving the issue is not enough.

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John Brennan CIA: 4 Questions the Senate Intelligence Committee Should Ask Obama's Appointee

John Brennan’s nomination to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency has attracted far less attention than President Obama’s other second-term appointees. Why?
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Since the Assault Weapon Ban Expired, There Have Been 27 Mass Shootings in the U.S.

Do gun bans cut crime? The gun control data in the U.S. and around the world shows no clear conclusion on what assault weapons bans or lax gun laws do in terms of gun crime.
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Hillary Clinton Replacement: John Kerry and Jon Hunstman Are Top Picks

Smart money is on Senator Kerry or National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, but Jon Huntsman may be a smarter pick.
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Rwanda Gains Seat at the UN Security Council, But They May Not Deserve It

A seat on the Security Council may be a cause for more transparency in Rwanda.
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Presidential Debate Results: Romney Shows Surprising Nuance On Afghanistan

Afghanistan is complicated; it is a cornerstone issue of American foreign policy and neither candidate has offered satisfactory answers on United States strategy there thus far.

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Who Won Presidential Debate 2012: President Obama, Analysis of the Debate

Follow along as President Obama and Governor Romney duke it out over foreign policy and national security.
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Presidential Debates 2012: Why Obama is Right on War in Afghanistan Strategy

This move has the potential to further splinter the Taliban and puts the screws to the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate.
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Obama Tries to Renew Peace Talks With Taliban and Bring POW Bowe Bergdahl Home

Peace negotiations and reconciliation will further splinter and weaken the Taliban and will leave a more manageable security situation for the Afghan National Army when coalition troops leave.

Vatican Battles With Catholic Women: Fight With Religious Group Will Help Catholicism

Although the confrontation between the Vatican and the Leadership Council of Women Religious has been difficult to resolve, it will strengthen the Church in the long run.
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One World Trade Center Reconstruction and Bin Laden Death Don't Change What Happened on 9/11

I am thankful that the WTC will be rebuilt, and glad that bin Laden is at the bottom of the ocean. But, nothing will change what happened to the families of the 2,996 people who perished on 9/11.

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U.S. and Allies Reach a Framework on Withdrawal Ahead of Chicago NATO Summit

A running blog of events as they occur in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Panjwai murders.
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Fake CNN Video Highlights Asma al-Assad Role in Syria Crisis

An interesting, edited video brings attention to the role, or lack thereof, Asma al-Assad plays in her husband's violent crackdown in Homs
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State Police Increasingly Turn to Drones to Monitor U.S. Citizens

If used responsibly while remaining fully aware of potential dangers, drones could revolutionize law enforcement in the United States.
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Police and Occupy Protesters Should Open a Dialogue

Police departments and OWS protesters across the country should engage in a dialogue that will benefit them both.
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Obama Cannot Abandon Afghanistan

Despite America's growing distaste for the war in Afghanistan, total withdrawal now is a mistake. The U.S. should continue to build Afghan institutions, and should up the number of civilians.

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Only a Multilateral Effort Will Bring Gaddafi to Justice and Peace to Libya

NATO has significantly increased air strikes to pressure Gaddafi's surrender. This was not an isolated military move; it is part of a multilateral effort from the Security Council and the ICC.
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The Threat of “Homegrown” Terrorism: What Can Be Done?

Terrorism within the United States by U.S. citizens is real. These "homegrown" terrorists are inspired to use violence by everything from religion to race.
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Afghanistan: Ripe for Negotiation or Past Expiration?

As the war in Afghanistan continues to drag on, a political solution rather than a military answer appears to be an ever-increasing likelihood. But, will negotiating with the Taliban work?