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BIDEN, PETRAEUS MEET FOR DINNER IN TAMPA

After visiting Pensacola earlier Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden flew to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa to have dinner with Gen. David Petraeus and Holly Petraeus at their home. Petraeus, President Barack's Obama's choice to take over the war command in Afghanistan, was before the Armed Services Committee earlier Tuesday in Washington for his confirmation hearing.

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Gen. McChrystal to retire with 4 stars

Gen. Stanley McChrystal will retain his four-star rank when he retires from the military in the next few months, the White House said Tuesday. The decision means he will earn about $149,700 per year before taxes in military retirement pay. McChrystal, 55, was promoted to four stars last year when he assumed control of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. Army rules state that four-star generals must serve three years before they can retain the rank in retirement. But the president and the Pentagon can bypass that.

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