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Larry Liebert

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, leaves in this Dec. 20, 2012 file photo following hearings on the September 11 attacks against the US mission in Benghazi.

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, leaves in this Dec. 20, 2012 file photo following hearings on the September 11 attacks against the US mission in Benghazi.

Kerry to House: One Benghazi Appearance, Take Your Pick

“He will appear once on Benghazi:” State Department spokesman Marie Harf’s announcement today about her boss, Secretary of State John Kerry. With that, Kerry and his deputies have engineered a chance for House Republicans to fight among themselves for the TV time and...

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A woman covers her face with her sweater in the heavy smog in Haozhou, central China's Anhui province.

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A woman covers her face with her sweater in the heavy smog in Haozhou, central China's Anhui province.

Inhofe Can’t Budge an Admiral Who Says Climate Change Matters

North Korea’s threat to wage war was the No. 1 topic today when senators quizzed the head of the U.S. Pacific Command. Still, Sen. James Inhofe wouldn’t let the morning pass without a chance to attack those who think human...

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Flight deck personnel direct an aircraft onto Catapult Four after an S-3B Viking, assigned to Anti-submarine Squadron Two Two, takes off from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in this file photo.

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Flight deck personnel direct an aircraft onto Catapult Four after an S-3B Viking, assigned to Anti-submarine Squadron Two Two, takes off from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in this file photo.

USS Truman: Sequestration Mission

The USS Harry S. Truman has been assigned a difficult mission with an uncertain outcome: Stay in port to help protect the Pentagon from sequestration. With the automatic spending cuts set to take effect on March 1 unless President Barack...

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) nominated Senator John Kerry to be the next secretary of state, at the White House on Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) nominated Senator John Kerry to be the next secretary of state, at the White House on Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Kerry Can’t Do It All: Picking Someone to Preside

President Barack Obama joked about a procedural quirk that lies ahead when he chose Senator John Kerry as his nominee for secretary of state. “I guess you won’t be able to actually appear and preside at the same time,” Obama...

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Afghan women and children enter FOB (Forward Operating Base) Jackson also known as Sabit Khadam during seed distribution organized by U.S. Marines Female Engagement Team (FET) from the 1st battalion 7th Marines Regiment in Sangin on June 12, 2012.

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Afghan women and children enter FOB (Forward Operating Base) Jackson also known as Sabit Khadam during seed distribution organized by U.S. Marines Female Engagement Team (FET) from the 1st battalion 7th Marines Regiment in Sangin on June 12, 2012.

Afghanistan, Iran Still ‘Failed States’

After 11 years of war, billions of dollars, and 2,004 American deaths, the U.S. effort at nation-building in Afghanistan shows little sign of success by one measure: The country was ranked even worse than last year in the annual “Failed...

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