Top Army Officer Defends Military Role in Sexual Assault Cases

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_0334e05037.jpgScott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Army officer nominated to lead U.S. forces in South Korea “strongly” favors keeping sexual assault cases within the military chain of command, he told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington. “In the military the commander is central to all that we do,” Lt. Gen.  Curtis Scaparrotti said Tuesday, answering a question from Sen. Carl Levin D-Mich., committee chairman.

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$36 Million Paid to Dead People, GAO Reports

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_16e2688679.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The federal government has paid as much as $35.9 million in farm subsidies to dead people, a watchdog agency claims. The subsidies were part of the $20 billion a year effort to support farmers with crop insurance, conservation efforts and disaster assistance administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2008 to 2012.

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Rand Paul Hits Back at Chris Christie’s ‘Cloak of 9/11 Victims’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_58761b3b2f.jpgJamie Rhodes/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The feud between two potential presidential contenders has stretched into another week as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., doubled down on his criticism of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Monday night. Paul ripped into Republican Christie in an interview for using “the cloak of 9/11 victims” to criticize the Kentucky senator’s views on national security.

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Anthony Weiner Dodges Question About Whether He’s Still Sexting

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_50cd0bea45.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In an interview unlikely to lay to rest concerns that his online titillations are behind him, Anthony Weiner evaded a question Monday night about whether he is still sexting women. In a Q&A session with the New York Daily News’ Denis Hamill, Weiner notably didn’t give a yes or no answer to a direct question about whether he is still sending lewd messages to women online.

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Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Resume Peace Talks in Washington

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_5750ea630b.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Senior Israeli and Palestinian officials will meet over the next two days to try and hash out parameters to formally resume direct peace talks, the State Department announced on Sunday. This will be the first time in nearly three years the parties will have sat down for negotiations.

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