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Obama appears to be seeking a more forceful Defense chief

WASHINGTON -- As he searches for his fourth Defense secretary in six years, President Barack Obama appears to be looking for a more forceful, articulate military leader to navigate the tough but limited wars that are likely to consume much of his final two years in office. Finding a candidate with deep Pentagon experience who can help set a coherent strategy and defend it to the public and Congress won't be easy. Only a day after the job came open, two leading prospects -- former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. -- took themselves out of the running to replace Chuck Hagel, whose departure Obama announced at the White House on Monday. That...

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My father's booming voice filled the living room. "That wasn't right," he yelled at the TV. "You can't do that to people!" It was the early 1980s, and Dad was watching a news program ...

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