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Molly O'Toole is a News Editor at The Huffington Post.

Molly previously worked as a reporter for Reuters in Washington, D.C. after earning a dual MA in journalism and international relations at New York University. She has written for the Associated Press, The New York Times online, Newsweek, USA Today and The Nation. She graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a BA in English, which it turns out you can do something with, and will always be a Californian.

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Veteran Spared When Sheet Noose Ripped: 'I'm Glad It Didn't Work'

(4) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 7:30 AM

On the last day Joey Smith walked, he confronted a few Afghan workers on his base in Afghanistan, confiscating a camera. When he turned his back, they toppled a 500-pound crate container on top of him, crushing his body. When the container was lifted, his spinal cord was protruding from...

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Female Veteran And Rape Survivor Thought, 'It'll Hurt Less Than If I'm Alive'

(613) Comments | Posted September 29, 2013 | 8:50 AM

In just a year in the Army, Jessica Kenyon said she was sexually assaulted three different times, her trauma compounded by two botched rape investigations and retaliation and harassment from her superiors and fellow soldiers.

She had long dreamed of military service, but her time as an Army helicopter...

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Iraq Veteran And Suicide Survivor: 'I Was On Every Drug That Killed Anna Nicole Smith'

(180) Comments | Posted September 28, 2013 | 9:31 AM

Promethazine, zolpidem, nortriptyline, morphine, divalproex, metoprolol, prazosin, ibuprofen, diazepam, quetiapine, meperidine, trazodone, mirtazapine, hydromorphone.

For Boone Cutler, this was a "combat cocktail" -– just one month's worth of the medications he was given at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington while being treated for traumatic brain injury after a...

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Army Captain Haunted By Recurring Nightmare From Afghanistan

(44) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 7:36 AM

"I'm gagged, I'm tied up, I can't speak. I'm in some sort of cave cell. And I see a girl in another corner of the cell, like a 7-year-old girl, and I see a Taliban soldier with a really long and sharp knife coming to kill her, and walking toward...

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Suicide, Military Sexual Assault Survivor Stays Alive By Saving Other Veterans

(75) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 7:31 AM

Terri Odom looked out on the National Press Club room full of reporters, veterans, advocates and members of Congress where she had been invited to speak to help launch an advocacy group for military sexual assault survivors. Just two days before, she had been sitting in the mud...

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The Message That Saved A Military Sexual Assault Survivor's Life

(473) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 7:46 AM

When Jeremiah Arbogast entered the home of his former boss, a Marine staff sergeant, he was wearing a body wire hooked up by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which was listening from a nearby car.

"I need to know what happened," Arbogast told the staff sergeant in 2001. "I need...

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When Your Job In War Is To Save Soldiers' Lives, You Never Really Come Home

(101) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 9:03 AM

This article is part of a special Huffington Post series, "Invisible Casualties," in which we spotlight suicide-prevention efforts within the military. As part of the series, The Huffington Post contacted military service members and veterans who have considered suicide to learn what saved them from that irrevocable step.

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Military Sexual Assault Pamphlet Suggesting Victims 'Submit' Adds To Discouraging Trend

(67) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 8:28 AM

"Ask Her When She's Sober," the tagline of a Pentagon poster campaign designed to educate members of the military about sexual assault.

A video game used for training, in which a service member can "play the lead character" and in...

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Pentagon Officials Defend Sexual Assault Response, Pledge To Eliminate Problem

(239) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 7:34 AM

As Congress debates the latest National Defense Authorization Act amid rancor over how to best combat the military sexual assault crisis, the Pentagon is wrestling with a growing list of related scandals -- from its military academies to its Sexual Assault Prevention...

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Women In Combat May Be Able To Train For Special Forces Roles

(11) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 4:23 PM

Women may begin to train in some of the most elite units of the U.S. military under plans announced Tuesday, in another step forward following the Pentagon's lift of the longstanding ban on women in combat.

Representatives from the Defense Department, military services and U.S. Special Operations...

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Class Of 2013 At Military Academies Provides Look Into Future Of U.S. Defense

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 11:51 AM

On Sept. 11, 2001, most of the graduates of the class of 2013 were 10 years old. When the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, they weren't yet teenagers. The decade since has brought a changed world -- and two wars -- for this year's graduates from colleges around the country,...

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On Military Sexual Assault Reforms, Legislative, Executive Branches Must Balance Powers

(79) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 7:34 AM

WASHINGTON -- As a string of high-profile sexual assault scandals continues to plague the military, leaders in the Department of Defense, Congress and the White House are in rare agreement: something must be done. But tensions have begun to emerge as they consider the critical questions...

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Military Sexual Assault Reform Proposals Prompt Push Back From Military

(1345) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- The witness table stretched across the front of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing room Tuesday, ready for testimony from 20 people at the first full committee hearing on sexual assault in a decade.

A dozen are the highest-ranking military officials who are pushing back with increasing...

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Oklahoma Tornadoes, Extreme Weather Inspire Social Media 'Storm Chasers' To Take Risks

(18) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 8:18 PM

When Tim Baker began racing to the front lines of unfolding natural disasters 18 years ago, it was just him, his video cameras and the tornado.

But those "good old days" are over. Now, when Baker chases tornadoes, he finds himself joined by a mix of curious...

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White House Wades Into Military Sexual Assault Controversy, Pledges Leadership

(1291) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 5:40 PM

The White House delved further into the controversy over sexual assaults in the U.S. military Thursday, meeting with members of Congress in the wake of a high-profile arrest of an Air Force official and a shocking Pentagon report revealing the extent of the sexual assault epidemic in the...

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Military Sexual Assaults Spike Despite Efforts To Combat Epidemic

(2208) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 1:16 PM

Sexual assaults occurred at an average of more than 70 per day in the United States military during 2012, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Reports of sexual assault in the military rose during October 2011 through September 2012 by 6...

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Military Sexual Assaults Spike Despite Efforts To Combat Epidemic

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 1:16 PM

Sexual assaults occurred at an average of more than 70 per day in the United States military during 2012, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Reports of sexual assault in the military rose during October 2011 through September 2012 by 6...

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Obama Mexico Visit Highlights Ties Between U.S. Gun Policy, Mexican Drug War

(951) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 5:57 PM

In the debate over reforming U.S. gun laws, opponents and supporters cite powerful statistics: 26 dead, 20 of them children, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. Some 3,300 killed in the U.S. by firearms since Sandy Hook.

But one key number is...

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Boston Suspects Tied To Chechnya, Russian Region Where Independence Conflict Continues

(542) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 3:06 PM

"I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them."

The words of Tamerlan Tzarnaev, 26, in a Boston University student magazine profile in 2010 took on new meaning Thursday as Tamerlan and his brother Dhzokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, emerged as the primary suspects in...

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Air Force General Defends Decision To Overturn Sex Assault Conviction: Criticism Is 'Utter Nonsense'

(865) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 6:12 PM

Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, an Air Force three-star general, defended his decision to overturn an F-16 pilot's sexual assault conviction in a memo released Wednesday, calling criticisms of the move "complete and utter nonsense."

Franklin's recent decision had sparked outcry from advocates and members of Congress, which ultimately resulted...

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