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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens as President Barack Obama speaks to media during a meeting with Hagel, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, and the service secretaries, service chiefs, and senior enlisted advisers to discuss sexual assault...

Gitmo: Examine chief's 'fitness for command,' DoD attorneys tell Hagel

05/24/13 05:50PM

The Defense Department's own attorneys have asked Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to "examine the fitness of Col. John Bogdan for command." The DoD's Office of the Chief Defense Counsel, whose members represent some of the "high value detainees" at Guantanamo Bay prison, submitted the letter on May 20 to address concerns that "relate to the treatment of all prisoners, to include the men whose internment appears to be indefinite." read more

Senator David Vitter (R-LA) speaks during a live taping of "Meet the Press" at NBC's studios January 28, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

No food stamps for people convicted of violent crimes

05/24/13 05:13PM

On Wednesday, the 2013 Senate Farm Bill was amended to make those convicted of certain violent crimes ineligible for SNAP (Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, popularly known as food stamps. The amendment was passed by unanimous consent, meaning that neither Republicans nor Democrats objected to the bill. read more

US President Barack Obama speaks at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, May 23, 2013. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Gitmo: Parsing what the president actually said

05/23/13 07:36PM

President Obama gave an address at the National Defense University on the future of U.S. anti-terrorism policy on Thursday. The much-anticipated speech focused on the administration’s legal justification for its use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s or drones), the Department of Justice’s surveillance of the Associated Press’ phone lines, and the status of the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. In the run-up to the speech, media outlets reported that the speech would center on drones and Guantanamo prison; however, President Obama saved the issue of the 166 detainees for the end of his speech;
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Kiera Wilmot, seen in a screengrab from msnbc's All In w/ Chris Hayes

The teen scientist who faced jail time speaks out

05/23/13 06:22PM

Three weeks ago, All In with Chris Hayes first reported on model Florida High School student Kiera Wilmot, then facing expulsion and felony charges for conducting an independent science experiment on school grounds. After our report and a groundswell of support from the science community, social media platforms and press, the charges against Kiera were dropped. Kiera's punishment was reduced to a ten-day suspension and completion of the Juvenile Justice Diversion Program. read more

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