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After Falling Ill Yesterday, General David Petraeus Gets A 'Redo Hearing'

A day after falling ill during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of the U.S. Central Command, returned to Capitol Hill, to continue his testimony on the situation in Afghanistan.

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), the chairman of the committee, noted that, after a brief recess, Petraeus was willing to continue with the hearing yesterday. But, out of an "abundance of caution," Levin decided to postpone.

In a brief opening statement, Petraeus thanked the committee for the "redo hearing," adding he should've listened more carefully to an important piece of advice from his first platoon sergeant, "to always stay hydrated."

"I'll try to remember that in the future," he said.

The general showed off a CamelBak hands-free hydration system, given to him by members of his staff, and thanked the senators for providing chocolate chip cookies in the anteroom.

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