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Pro-reform group targets Missouri senator in ads

Sen. Claire McCaskill has long been a vocal advocate for victims of sexual assault in the military, so the Missouri Democrat said she was surprised to be singled out in newspaper and Facebook ads calling her a roadblock to reforming the way cases are prosecuted.Full story

Levin steps up bid to stop military justice revamp

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is stepping up his opposition to legislation that seeks to stanch the growing number of sexual assaults in the armed forces by overhauling the military justice system. Full story

Report: Pentagon must overhaul its MIA effort

The Pentagon's efforts to find and identify troops missing in action from past conflicts are undermined by leadership weaknesses, infighting and other problems that jeopardize the mission, according to a new audit released Wednesday. Full story

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  Military sexual assault legislation suffers setback

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved several reforms to combat sexual assaults in the military including Sen. Claire McCaskill’s legislation to strip commanders of their ability to overturn convictions. McCaskill joins NBC’s Andrea Mitchell to discuss.

  The rise of the women senators

Up’s Steve Kornacki explains how women senators gave voice to military sexual assault victims during this week’s hearing in front of the Armed Services Committee, which was compromised of mostly men. Kornacki explains how the hearing resembled the infamous Thomas/Hill hearings.

  More woman senators influence scrutiny of military

A record 20 women are currently serving in the Senate, and seven of them are now on the Senate Armed Services Committee, where their voices on military sexual assault cannot be ignored.

  John McCain says the military isn't a safe place for women

The six members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff went before the Senate Armed Services Committee to answer for a Pentagon report showing that 26,000 people in the military were sexually assaulted in 2012, but just over 3,000 cases were reported. Not one victim was asked to testify.Brigette McCoy, former

  Military brass rejects outside accountability on sexual assaults

Today the women of the Senate Armed Services Committee grilled military leaders about sexual assault in the military. Chris Hayes talks about the hearing with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Anu Bhagwati, and Goldie Taylor.

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U.S. Army Generals stand ready to testify 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