• On the Radar

    At a time when sexual assault in the military is at an all-time high – with more than 5,000 reported incidents last year – Chuck Hagel says that fixing the problem is one of his highest priorities as defense secretary.

    “If we can't protect our own people, then we're going to have a problem,” Hagel said. “We owe it to each other; it is accountability; it is a responsibility of all leaders at every level to deal with this.”

    Hagel took “On the Radar” along for a visit to Naval Station Great Lakes, home of the Navy’s only boot camp that trains over 40,000 recruits annually. We got an exclusive look at classes that are teaching new recruits how to recognize, deal with and prevent sexual assault. But Hagel has acknowledged tackling the problem will be a long road.

    “We're not where we need to be yet. We will get there,” he said. “I've made it as high a priority as there is. I meet with all our sexual assault prevention office people once a week for an hour.”

    “Our institution … is

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  • Power Players

    As a former White House insider in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, Rahm Emanuel has worked closely with Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden. But when it comes to who would be the better Democratic presidential candidate come 2016, his mind is made up.

    Emanuel votes Hillary.

    “If she chooses to run, I've already said I'm going to support her,” the mayor of Chicago told “Power Players.”

    "Joe's a good friend, personally,” said Emanuel. “He's obviously worthy of being considered because he's a great vice president, a great senator, has something to offer … In this case, so does the former secretary of state, senator, and first lady.”

    Though Emanuel said he is confident that Clinton would win a hypothetical presidential matchup if she chooses to run, he added that Clinton is weighing the prospects of a presidential bid against other personal life factors.

    “She's about to be a grandmother,” he said. “And she cares about that, and making sure she has the

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  • Politics Confidential

    When former Army Sgt. Kyle White and his platoon came under surprise attack along a remote trail in Afghanistan in November 2007, he was resigned to dying.

    “I pretty much realized there was no chance of survival after I took those fragments in my face after being knocked out,” said White, 27. “I had no hope for getting out of there, but it was kind of like, OK, but if that is going to happen, I'm going to do what I can to help my battle buddies until that does.”

    But White didn’t die that day.

    Despite being wounded himself, incurring two concussions, and running through direct enemy fire multiple times, White survived the four-hour battle while risking his own life to help wounded soldiers and, ultimately, saved the life of former Spc. Kain Schilling.

    White was recognized by President Obama at the White House on Tuesday with the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for military valor.

    “We pay tribute to a soldier who embodies the courage of his generation --

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