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American military: Too white, too male

The U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies and lift its ban on women in combat, an independent report for Congress said Monday. Seventy-seven percent of senior officers in the active-duty military are white, while only 8 percent are black, 5 percent are Hispanic and 16 percent are women, the report by an independent panel said, quoting data from September 2008. One barrier that keeps women from the highest ranks is their inability to serve in combat units. Promotion and job opportunities have favored those with battlefield leadership
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Budget fights put Daniels in national spotlight

Gov. Mitch Daniels has spent years talking about issues that typically make voters’ eyes glaze over: Cutting spending. Balancing budgets. Shrinking government. The priorities haven’t changed much in Daniels’ six years as governor. But suddenly voters are paying attention. Budget showdowns in Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey are drawing fresh, national attention to issues Daniels has long promoted. And politicians like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are getting the headlines. “Mitch was clearly one of the first guys to do this stuff,” said Grover Norquist of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform. “But now you
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Obama restarts Guantanamo trials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama lifted a two-year freeze on new military trials at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and suggested on Monday Congress was hurting national security by blocking his attempts to move some trials into U.S. civilian courts. Read the full story.
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