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Senator targets military law over sexual assault

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who helped force the military to allow gays in its ranks, is determined to upend laws governing how the armed services handle an epidemic of sexual assaults.Full story

Sexual assault a ‘cultural problem’ in military

USA Today’s Kelly Kennedy nterviewed soldiers who were sexually assaulted while in the service who said they did not know who to report the attacks to. In some cases, speaking out about the assaults threatened their careers. Full story

Democratic unity splinters in debate over military sexual assault

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill both want to stop the "scourge" of military sexual assault. But their competing plans have forced lawmakers, officers and even survivors to take sides. Full story

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  Cruz, Paul join Democratic senator in military sex-assault bill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., sits on the Armed Services Committee, and she joins Morning Joe to discuss her Gillibrand Sexual Assault Bill, which has received bipartisan support from Tea Party Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. NBC News' Chuck Todd also joins the conversation.

  Gillibrand’s fight against military sexual assault gets unlikely allies

Tea Party favorites Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have joined Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's effort to change the way the military handles sexual assault cases. Gillibrand and her colleague Sen. Barbara Boxer join Chris Matthews.

  Gillibrand: Remove chain of command from military sexual assault

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., joins Andrea Mitchell Reports to discuss her efforts and talks about the conservative backing she recently received in her quest.

   Sen Gillibrand: Today is a historic day for the nation

SCOTUS Blog’s Tom Goldstein has the latest landmark ruling from the Supreme Court. And later Rachel Maddow, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY., and openly gay Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., discuss the ruling with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts.

  Setback for sexual assault victims in the military

The Cycle hosts and NBC's Kelly O'Donnell discuss the Senate's Armed Services Committee dropping an amendment that would require sexual assault accusations within the military to be addressed outside the chain of command.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand listens as Senator Ted Cruz speaks about efforts to curb sexual assault in the military during a news conference in Washington
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand listens as Senator Ted Cruz speaks about efforts to curb sexual assault in the military during a news conference in Washington

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) listens as Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks about efforts to curb sexual assault in the military during a news conference in the Capitol in Washington July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CRIME LAW)

Senator Rand Paul speaks about efforts to curb sexual assault in the military during a news conference in Washington
Senator Rand Paul speaks about efforts to curb sexual assault in the military during a news conference in Washington

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) listens as Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks about efforts to curb sexual assault in the military during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington July 16 , 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CRIME LAW)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at a hearing on military sexual assault reform on Wednesday.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at a Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at a Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY) speaks about pending legislation regarding sexual assaults in the military at a Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 4, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing