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Pentagon ‘Worried’ About Iran Deal

July 14, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
News of a nuclear deal that will lift an arms embargo on Iran was met with tepid optimism from military officials, many of whom lost soldiers to Iranian weapons during the war in Iraq. “Of course we are worried, but we believe a nuclear-armed Iran is a greater worry,” one defense official explained to The Daily Beast. Just last week, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified on Capitol Hill that “under no circumstances should we relieve pressure on Iran relative to ballistic missile capabilities and arms-trafficking.”

Massive Government Data Breach, Confederate Flag Comes Down in S.C., Trump Unnerves GOP and Iran Nuclear Talks Continue

July 10, 2015
OPM Director resigns after 21 million records hacked and the latest debate on the Confederate flag.
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Big business of kidnapping, ransom & extortion

July 8, 2015
Eamon Javers | CNBC
The business of kidnapping, ransom, and extortion is a multi-billion dollar industry for the companies responsible for insuring, training and providing hostage negotiation services. CNBC's Eamon Javers reports.
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President Obama Reiterates ISIS Strategy

July 7, 2015
John Harwood | CNBC
President Obama delivers a strategy update on the fight against ISIS from The Pentagon and explains there has been progress as well as setbacks.
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Pentagon Has No Idea How Many Transgender Troops It Kicked Out

June 30, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
Willfully clueless: That’s the best way to describe the Pentagon’s current attitude toward transgender service members. But there may be changes ahead.
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Hostage Review Will Make It Easier for Families to Pay Ransoms

June 24, 2015
Yochi Dreazen, Lara Jakes | Foreign Policy
President Barack Obama’s administration will reassure the families of Americans held by groups like the Islamic State that they can pay ransoms without fear of prosecution, the first tangible policy change to result from the deaths of an array of U.S. captives in recent months.
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Donald Trump's 2016 Campaign, Hostage Policy Review, Defense Authorization and Baseball Hacking

June 19, 2015
US reviews hostage policy over ransoms, Cardinals hack the Astros and Donald Trump’s 2016 ego
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Democrats Go Wobbly on Defense Bills

June 17, 2015
Fawn Johnson | National Journal
Senate Democrats were against defense authorization before they were for it. Or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, their message is mixed: They fully support the troops, but they really don't like how Republicans are supporting the troops with contingency war funds.

House Votes Down Trade, More Troops to Iraq, Shaping Obama's Legacy and 2016 Frontrunners

June 12, 2015
Democrats disagree about trade, 450 troops to train Iraqis, Obama's last quarter and Jeb Bush & Hillary Clinton
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