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Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, talks with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 6, 2014, during a news conference following a Senate vote on military sexual assaults. The Senate blocked a bill that would have stripped senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses, capping an emotional, nearly yearlong fight over how best to curb sexual assault in the ranks. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. is at left. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in Congress.

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