Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada talks about unemployment benefits during a news conference Thursday.
January 16, 2014 In his new book, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates jabs Sen. Harry Reid for urging Defense Department research on irritable bowel syndrome. But the illness has been a plague on many Gulf War veterans.
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, in November of 2013.
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January 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.
Robert Gates in June 2011 during his final official news conference as secretary of defense.
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January 13, 2014 The former secretary of defense also tells NPR that he fears extended tours of duty in war zones contributed to a rise in suicides among military personnel.
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Robert Gates in June 2011, his last month as secretary of defense.
January 13, 2014 In a long and surprisingly frank interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talked about his relationship with the commander in chief and his rivalry with Vice President Joe Biden, and described a deep rift between the approaches of senior military leadership and Obama's young Cabinet.
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Robert Gates waves and President Obama claps at the then-defense secretary's farewell ceremony in June 2011.
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January 10, 2014 Reports this week about former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book have implied that he thinks President Obama approved a 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan believing the strategy would fail. But Gates tells NPR that's not right. He believes Obama became skeptical about the "troop surge" later on.
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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes in his new memoir that Hillary Clinton "is a superb representative of the United States all over the world."
January 9, 2014 Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes a hit in a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. But she also gets high praise from the Republican.
In his new memoir, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is unsparing in his criticism of Congress.
January 9, 2014 Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates doesn't spare Congress in his new memoir, comparing Capitol Hill hearings to "kangaroo courts," and even suggesting some members need mental health assistance.
An artist's rendering of German philosopher Immanuel Kant.
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September 17, 2013 Also: Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to publish a memoir; changes at the National Book Awards; a new short story by Tessa Hadley.
May 4, 2011 At issue is whether release of a photo might inflame anti-American sentiment, or whether it's more important to show any skeptics that "we were able to get him and kill him," as CIA Director Leon Panetta says. Should a photo be made public?
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Gen. David Petraeus.
April 4, 2011 Several sources, including government officials, say that when Defense Secretary Robert Gates steps down later this year it's possible that CIA Director Leon Panetta will move to the Pentagon. Then Petraeus might take over the CIA.
November 30, 2010 The defense secretary also urges the Senate to pass a repeal of the policy that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the military before the end of the year.
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