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Senate panel approves 2014 defense spending bill

A Senate panel on Tuesday approved a defense spending bill for the 2014 fiscal year that seeks to reverse the most severe impacts of the across-the-board budget cuts on the armed forces by adding nearly $4.5 billion to cover shortfalls in military training and equipment maintenance programs. Full story

Afghan lawmakers vote to sack minister over security

KABUL (Reuters) - Lawmakers voted to sack Afghanistan's interior minister on Monday, accusing him of failing to quell attacks from militants as international troops accelerate their exit from the country. Full story

Pakistan says seeks to reset frayed Afghan ties

KABUL (Reuters) - Pakistan's new foreign policy chief denied on Sunday backing Afghanistan's breakup or planning to end the Afghan war with a power-sharing role for the Taliban during a fence-mending visit to Kabul aimed at lowering cross-border tension. Full story

Taliban-style edict for women spreads alarm in Afghan district

KABUL/DEH SALAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - One of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's main religious advisers will not overturn a decree issued by clerics in the north reimposing Taliban-style curbs on women, in another sign of returning conservatism as NATO forces leave the country. Full story

Pakistan to try to mend fences with Afghanistan

Pakistan is sending a top official to the Afghan capital this weekend to try to mend fences with its uneasy neighbor, and hanging in the balance are U.S. efforts to arrange peace talks with the Taliban. Full story

In Ramadan quiet, Afghans jockey for post-Karzai era

KABUL (Reuters) - For the devout, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is a time of prayer and introspection, but this year, for Afghanistan's warlords and powerbrokers, it is time to decide on a successor to President Hamid Karzai. Full story

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  Talking with the Taliban

Despite Afghan President Hamid Karzai's protestations, the Obama administration expects to move ahead with Taliban negotiations. Gen. Barry McCaffrey joins Thomas Roberts for more.

  Long road ahead for peace in Afghanistan

NBC's Duncan Golestani reports from Kabul on the latest progress for U.S. peace talks in the country.

  ‘Border surge’ plan will double the size of border control

Republican Senators Bob Corker and John Hoeven are pushing what they call a “border surge” plan, which would replace the original border security language in the immigration reform bill with tougher language in an effort to win more Republican votes. Corker joins The Daily Rundown to discuss.

  Taliban kills four Americans ahead of Thursday’s peace talks

P.J. Crowley, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, discusses whether U.S. should be negotiating with the Taliban.

  Miklaszewski: Serious questions remain in Syria over chemical weapons

Top Talkers: Syria is calling an alleged airstrike from Israel a 'declaration of war' despite the fact that Israel hasn't taken responsibility for the attack. The Morning Joe panel -- including Time's Mark Halperin and Mike Barnicle -- discusses Syria and the recent deaths of U.S. personnel in Afgha

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