Take Two for August 5, 2013

Pentagon outlines new rules for military sexual assault cases

Gillibrand Announces GOP Support For Prosecution System For Military Sex Assaults

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (C) speaks while flanked by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (L) U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) (2nd-R) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (R) during a news conference on sexual assault in the military, July 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. Sen. Gillibrand announced the support of 34 senators that will co-sponsor her proposal to take the decision whether to prosecute sexual assaults out of the hands of the military chain of command.

The Pentagon is set to roll out new rules on how it will handle sexual assault in the military, after the Defense Department was faced with multiple reports of sexual assaults on both male and female service members. 

One of the changes would move cases up the ranks more quickly, but the new rules are already in a previously passed House bill. How will these new rules change the way the military handles sexual assault, and how do these changes compare to the House bill that already passed? 

Darren Samuelsohn is a senior policy reporter for POLITICO. He joins the show with more. 


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