• 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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