• Oscar-nominated documentary ‘The Invisible War’ brings attention to rape and sexual assault in the military

    On the Radar

    An Oscar nomination is a terrific honor for a filmmaker, but for director Kirby Dick, the recognition means so much more. An Academy Award nomination for "The Invisible War" brings with it more attention to the subject of the documentary -- sexual assault and rape in the U.S. military, and the frequent cover ups.

    "Every time there's more attention to this issue, there's more activity in Washington," says the director. "We made this film because we wanted to change things...we wanted the military to do what [it needs] to do to protect the men and women who are protecting us."

    A news article first sparked director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering's interest in the subject.

    "We started to do additional research, and were amazed to find how many men and women had been sexually assaulted ... over half a million over the last generation," says Dick. "And then we were equally surprised at how covered up it had been."

    The director says -- and the documentary reveals -- that

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  • Bottom Line

    The March 1st deadline for the automatic, across the board spending cuts—referred to in Washington as the sequester—to go into effect is quickly approaching. With Congress out on recess this week and no deal in sight that would prevent the cuts from going into place, it looks increasingly likely that the sequester will kick in at the end of next week. Many of you had questions about the specifics of these spending cuts and what they might mean for you.

    Erik Reynolds wrote in asking: How much closer to zero debt will the sequester bring us to?

    Harrine Freeman tweeted: How will the cuts affect medicare, social security, unemployment benefits, social service programs and financial aid?

    And Andrea Nunnally asked: If they invented the sequester, why can’t they “un-invent” it? Is it now a matter of principle?

    Thank you for the great questions and please continue to keep them coming on Facebook and on Twitter. Be sure to tune in to “Good Morning America” tomorrow morning and

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  • And the Oscar goes to…Washington!

    Top Line

    'Washington is Hollywood for ugly people,' so the saying goes. By that standard, the nation's capital should look a bit prettier come Sunday's Oscars. This is a bumper year for Washington, with a trio of movies that have the capital at their core: "Argo", "Zero Dark Thirty", and "Lincoln." And of course it wouldn't be Washington if there weren't a bit of controversy around these films.

    Each has been criticized for its accuracy. In "Argo," there is a climactic chase scene that never happened; "Zero Dark Thirty" portrays torture as a useful tool in the hunt for bin Laden, contradicting the Senate; and in "Lincoln," the Connecticut delegation votes against abolishing slavery, which was not the case.

    But the controversy around "Zero Dark Thirty" is the most serious, it has the most policy implications. The movie seems to take a side on the raging debate over torture techniques that were outlawed by President Obama. Despite what the filmmakers say, it is clear that the narrative

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