Army general defers plea in sexual-misconduct case

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•  U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair deferred entering a plea on Tuesday for charges of sexual misconduct.

Prosecutors have accused Sinclair of forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders and adultery — a crime in the military. The 27-year Army veteran faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious offenses.

Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson wrote that federal workers will face crucial questions during President Obama’s second term. Among the issues weighing on their minds: The nation’s borrowing limit, deficit reduction, the budget, pay freezes, retirement contributions and the possibility of furloughs or even layoffs.

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to adopt a new mobile app aimed at making patients’ dry, text-heavy, often-confusing medical records easier to navigate and understand. The idea for the new format came from the consulting group gravitytank, which won the White House’s Health Design Challenge.

Post columnist Walter Pincus has some tough questions for secretary of defense nominee and former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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