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Fmr. national security adviser Stephen Hadley, and the latest on the crisis in Ukraine.
(CNN) – The U.S. Senate this week defeated an impassioned legislative push to reduce the growing problem of sex assault in the armed forces by overhauling the way the military prosecutes serious crimes.
A bill championed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand failed to get the 60 votes needed for passage, by a vote of 55 to 45. The measure would have removed military commanders from deciding whether most serious allegations of wrongdoing by their subordinates should be prosecuted. The responsibility would have been shifted to prosecutors outside the chain of command.
Sen. Claire McCaskill led the effort to defeat Gillibrand's bill, a move military sexual assault survivor BriGette McCoy slammed.
"It's a blanket betrayal what has happened," said McCoy, saying the Missouri senator "has shown us her cards."
(CNN) - The Obama administration Thursday proposed the first change to U.S. food nutrition fact labels in almost a decade.
The big differences that could roll out at the grocery store soon include calorie counts in a shame-inducing bigger, bolder font, and – in a refreshing acknowledgment of reality – serving sizes that will account for the whole bag, the whole bottle, the whole enchilada.
But in a country where more than a third of people are struggling with obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can labels really change the way we eat?
Health editor for The Atlantic Magazine Dr. James Hamblin joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama announced details of his new program "My Brother's Keeper" Thursday, an initiative that will invest $200 million in a partnership with businesses and non-profits to offer more opportunities to young men of color.
It comes two years ago to the week that Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black 17-year-old, was gunned down by George Zimmerman, in a case that is still causing arguments all over America.
What does that case have to do with "My Brother's Keeper?" The president ordered his staff to develop this initiative, specifically in the wake of the Martin shooting.
"I think it's an excellent initiative and obviously the President is deeply committed to it, and I think that's very praiseworthy," Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
"This is a cause that he is deeply committed to, and I think he can make a difference," said McCain.
For more our interview with Sen. John McCain, discussing Russia and Ukraine, click here.
(CNN) – U.S. health officials are weighing whether to approve trials of a pioneering in vitro fertilization technique using DNA from three people in an attempt to prevent illnesses like muscular dystrophy and respiratory problems. The proposed treatment would allow a woman to have a baby without passing on diseases of the mitochondria, the "powerhouses" that drive cells.
The technique is the focus of a two-day panel debate being held by the FDA.
"To repair those diseases – which are awful, most kids who have mitochondrial diseases die – and really take a shot at transplanting a few genes to let that repair go through, that seems reasonable to me," said medical ethicist at the New York University Langone Medical Center Art Caplan.
Right now, the technology is only being tested in monkeys. But critics fear we're on a slippery slope to an era of designer babies, where parents can pick and choose their child's genetic features.
Parents who currently pursue IVF procedures can screen for cystic fibrosis, but are also able to screen for gender, which concerns Caplan.
"You have to worry that we are going to march down a road using genetics toward designing our descendants," said Caplan.
"We're a society that values success, we're not anti-perfection. If we're going to stop that, let's make a rule that says: 'Fixing diseases yes, cosmetic stuff no.' But I wouldn't hold this experiment hostage to that worry," said Caplan.
(CNN) – Texas on Wednesday became the latest state in which a federal judge struck down a ban on same-sex marriage, setting the stage for gay and lesbian couples to wed in one of the nation's most conservative states.
This was supposed to be a states rights issue, but "the dominoes are falling quickly," said CNN legal analyst Paul Callan.