Gen. Martin Dempsey to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

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President Barack Obama speaks as Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, and Navy Admiral James 'Sandy' Winnefeld listen during an event of Department of Defense personnel announcements.
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President Obama nominated General Martin Dempsey to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Al-Qaida has taken control of Zinjibar, Yemen; a look at "third country nationals," the military's international civilian staff; Utah has passed a law encouraging its citizens to use gold or silver coins produced by the Mint as cash; legal scholar Peter Moskos says the U.S. should consider flogging criminals to reduce the prison population; and, on World No Smoke Day, we ask if we should rethink our anti-smoking efforts.