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Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated a respected, combat hardened commander as his next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to lead the military during a key period of transition. Obama chose Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who has served four years as chairman. "I know Joe, I trust him," Obama said. "He has already proven his ability to give me his unvarnished military advice based on his experience on the ground. "Obama made the U...

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