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Defense Department To Lift Ban On Women In Combat

Women in the Army and Marines will no longer be banned from combat roles under new guidelines from departing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Reid, McConnell Close To Filibuster Reform Deal

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are nearing a bipartisan deal to enact minor changes to the filibuster, two sources familiar with the negotiations tell TPM.

Hillary Clinton Wrangles With Senators Over Benghazi Attacks

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tore into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday, saying that her planned departure indicates that she accepts “culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11.”

MIT Scientists Achieve Molecular Data Storage Breakthrough

The challenge of packing more memory into ever-smaller digital devices is no small feat, but a group of international scientists led by researchers at MIT may have achieved enormous progress.

Washington police failures on rape detailed in groundbreaking report

Victims of sexual assault in Washington DC too often endure “callous and traumatising” treatment from the police while attacks are dismissed on the spot and never investigated, according to a bombshell report.

Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic faces fresh legal fight to stay open

Mississippi‘s only remaining abortion clinic, which won an eleventh-hour temporary reprieve from closure last summer, has been told it could be shut down in six weeks after it was found to be in violation of a restrictive new state law this month.

Two years since uprising, Egypt braces for more protests

(Reuters) – Egypt marks the second anniversary of the uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power with little to celebrate. Deeply divided and facing an economic crisis, the nation is bracing for more protests, but this time against a freely elected leader.

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