Politics News – White House, Chuck Hagel, Damascus

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Obama to Renew Drive for Cuts in Nuclear Arms
White House officials are looking at a cut that would take the arsenal of deployed weapons to just above 1,000, compared with the current 1,700.

Republican Threatens to Block Hagel and Brennan
Senator Lindsey Graham said he wanted more information about a Libyan attack before confirming John O. Brennan as C.I.A. director and Chuck Hagel as defense secretary.

Syrian War Closes In on the Heart of Damascus
For months, Damascus has hunched in a defensive crouch as fighting raged in suburbs, but a rebel advance has created a new level of alarm and disorder.

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