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August 21, 2014 | NPR · The attorney general hugged community leaders, a highway patrol captain and the mother of Michael Brown during his visit, and got an update on the federal investigation into the teen's shooting.
 
August 21, 2014 | NPR · At McCluer High School, 30 varsity football players — all black, mostly from Ferguson — practice. David Greene talks to Sports Illustrated writer Robert Klemko about his story, "Football in Ferguson."
 
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August 21, 2014 | KWMU · The violence at night in Ferguson, Mo., has calmed down for now. However, there have been more than 160 people arrested since the protests began. Police records offer a sense of who they are.
 
August 21, 2014 | NPR · The aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., has focused attention on police-involved killings more broadly in the U.S. But statistics on shootings by police are scarce. To learn why, Audie Cornish speaks with David Klinger, an associate professor at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.
 
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August 21, 2014 | NPR · The hunt is on to identify the man in the James Foley execution video who speaks with a British accent. An estimated 2,000 Europeans have left home to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Aug 13, 2014 — A U.S. assessment team sent to the mountain concluded there were far fewer Yazidi refugees stranded there than previously thought, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
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May 22, 2014 — GOP leadership decided against keeping an immigration-related provision in the defense authorization bill. But it kept one banning the Defense Department from participating in climate change research.
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Feb 27, 2014 — Cutting defense spending is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very. But it must be done despite the politics, say officials who have helped close military bases.
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Oct 7, 2013 — Hundreds of thousands of civilian employees with the Defense Department go back to work Monday, but many government operations remain suspended.
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Sep 23, 2013 — The U.S. Defense Department has awarded a rich military contract to Lockheed Martin, agreeing to pay more than $3.9 billion for a missile-defense system. The deal calls for a maximum of 110 high-altitude interceptor missiles and 192 versions of the missiles for export to the United Arab Emirates.
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Aug 14, 2013 — The change will mean tens of thousands of dollars in payments to cover things such as health care and housing. The military also will provide leave for service members who must travel for a same-sex marriage.
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Mar 1, 2013 — The U.S. Air Force will pay Gulfstream nearly $50 million to maintain its C-37 executive jets, in a contract announced the day before the federal budget was set to absorb $85 billion in automatic spending cuts.
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Feb 27, 2013 — After a somewhat stormy debate in the Senate over his confirmation, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) has taken over the top job at the Pentagon.
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Feb 12, 2013 — The nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel as defense secretary has been the most contested of President Obama's picks so far.
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Jan 7, 2013 — President Obama wants Nebraska Republican Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon. Hagel's confirmation would put four men with close ties from their Senate days at the center of the nation's foreign policy and national security policymaking. And that's something Obama is willing to fight for.
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