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US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,461

As of Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at least 1,461 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. Full story

Report: Afghan who killed 9 Americans acted alone

An Afghan pilot who gunned down nine Americans acted alone and was armed with two weapons when he began his rampage, according to a preliminary report, NBC News says. Full story

In one stroke, a new Obama national security team

The reshuffled national security team President Barack Obama introduced on Thursday will be charged with fighting not only the overseas war in Afghanistan but also budget battles on the home front over Pentagon spending that has ballooned into a fat target for deficit hawks. Full story

Some skeptical of big economic gains rest of year

Higher gas prices, severe storms and belt-tightening at the Pentagon slowed the economy in the first three months of the year. Most economists say the weak January-March growth was a temporary setback that will be followed by stronger expansion the rest of the year. Full story

Defense Department to Use Comic Books as 'Art Therapy'

Throughout human history, people have used comic book-like art forms to document the horror and valor of war, and now American defense scientists think continuing that tradition by producing online comic books could help veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder. Full story

Bam! Healing war wounds through comics

The Defense Department's research wing has put out a call for "user-friendly authoring tools to help service members express combat-related experiences through personal narratives in a graphic novel/sequential art format" — personal comic books. Full story

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Correction: Afghan-US Deaths

UK defense secretary heads to US for Libya talks

U.S. arms buyer predicts more big-ticket cuts

Anti-bomb plan for Pentagon annex posted online

SRA International gets part of consulting contract

Payday lenders target military families

SAIC wins order from Navy for research program

Pentagon warns on big defense cuts

U.S. reviewing Mideast arms sales

Factbox: Environment, high-speed rail hit in budget deal

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  NYT says 'rational' cuts to Pentagon spending

order to reduce the deficit, "substantial and rational" cuts must be made to Pentagon spending. Scarborough also reads from a Ruth Marcus Washington Post column on U.S. debt.

  Inside Mexico’s only legal gun store

While thousands of legal gun stores can be found in the United States, just across the border in Mexico, there is only one. Purchasing any firearms from the store, managed by Mexico’s Defense Department, is a difficult process that has led to illegal gun trafficking and crippling violence in the cou

  The cost of fighting with Libya

The first day of attacks on Libya, “Operation Odyssey Dawn”, cost the U.S. 100 million dollars in missiles alone, at a time when the Defense Department is already strapped for cash.

  Obama’s reversal on gay marriage

President Obama ordered the Department of Justice to stop defending the Defense of Act. Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald joins The Last Word with his reaction to the DOMA decision.

  Gates proposes $78 billion in cuts

Former Defense Secretary William Cohen comments the Pentagon’s pre-emptive strike to avoid painful budget cuts.

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