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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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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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Gen. Martin Dempsey

Jun 27, 2014 — "I'm not predicting that it's entirely impossible that we would at any point act collaboratively with Iran," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tells NPR.
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Jan 17, 2014 — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff talks with NPR about why it's often better to advise and assist than to get involved militarily. And he looks at the Pentagon's looming budget crisis.
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Jan 14, 2014 — In an interview with NPR, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the nation's top military officer, said he never questioned that Obama "trusted me." In his controversial book, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Obama felt the military was trying to box him into decisions.
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Sep 3, 2013 — During a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Obama administration began making its case for a military strike on Syria.
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Jul 23, 2013 — Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has outlined the options and risks of U.S. military involvement in Syria. Read his letter to the chairman of the Senate's Armed Services Committee.
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Aug 21, 2012 — Shrapnel from rockets fired at Bagram air field damaged the plane that had been set to fly the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff out of the country. Two maintenance workers were slightly injured. Gen. Martin Dempsey left on another aircraft.
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Aug 20, 2012 — America's top general is in Afghanistan, in part to discuss how to stop the "green on blue" attacks that have left 10 U.S. military personnel dead in just the past two weeks. One step that's already been taken: Armed coalition soldiers are now watching their Afghan counterparts during missions.
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