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Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies before a Senate panel in Washington last Tuesday on the looming cuts to the defense budget. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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'Time And Casualties': Gen. Dempsey On Cost Of Sequester

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Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announces a new medal that recognizes combat contributions made far from the battlefield. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Winning The Battle Remotely: New Medal Awards Evolving Warfare

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The remains of Hadiya Pendleton are taken to her final resting place at the Cedar Park Cemetery on Saturday in Calumet Park, Ill. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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First Lady Among Mourners At Funeral For Slain Chicago Teen

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Plosky Tolbachnik volcano erupts in Russia's Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula on Jan. 6, 2013. It's not a so-called "super volcano," but every million years or so scientists say the Earth burps up volcanoes that can erupt for thousands of years. Alexander Petrov/AP hide caption

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Is The Earth Cooking Up Another Super Volcano?

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrives in London on Jan. 17. Panetta is stepping down as defense secretary as soon as the Senate confirms his successor. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Panetta: 'My Mission Has Always Been To Keep The Country Safe'

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Barack Obama takes the oath of office beside his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha, right, and Malia, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. Chuck Kennedy/AP hide caption

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The Presidential Oath: Not Always Perfect, But It Gets The Job Done

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Standing near the Remington Arms factory, Beth Neale, deputy mayor of Ilion, N.Y., says she's watched a lot of large manufacturers leave the region. She's not sure Ilion would easily recover from losing Remington. Marie Cusick for NPR hide caption

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Dependent On Arms Plant, N.Y. Town Braces For Gun Laws' ImpactWRVO

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Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., attends the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 30. Scott lost his re-election bid, but could be running for office again in a matter of weeks. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Sen. Scott Brown May Be Eyeing Quick Return To WashingtonWBUR

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Pedestrians pass the Dow Jones display ticker in Times Square on Wednesday in New York. U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers that slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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Retail Workers Bear Brunt Of Sluggish Holiday Sales

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Police Lt. Ray Mesek registers a rifle at a gun buyback event on Saturday in Bridgeport, Conn. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Shootings In Newtown, Conn.

Despite Tragedy, Conn. Gun Seizure Law May Have Prevented Others

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