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A U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank fires live rounds in Pocheon, South Korea.

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A U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank fires live rounds in Pocheon, South Korea.

Army Tanking Tanks: General Dynamics Battles for $230 Million

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: Emboldened by last year’s success — when Congress agreed to spend $90 million on upgraded battle tanks the Pentagon didn’t want — General Dynamics Corp. is asking for more. The Falls Church, Virginia-based company, is...

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A U.S. Air Force A-10 "Warthog" from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing takes off for a mission into Iraq.

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A U.S. Air Force A-10 "Warthog" from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing takes off for a mission into Iraq.

Defense Cuts Face Political Bases: Warthog, Spy-Plane Defenders

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has presented Congress with some unpalatable political decisions in the midst of an election year. His budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 would create some clear political losers. Among them: congressional...

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Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) at the U.S. Capitol on October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) at the U.S. Capitol on October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Cole Sees Makings of a Budget Deal

Representative Tom Cole, one of the chief Republican negotiators of a congressional budget deal, said today that he supports raising revenue as part of talks with Senate Democrats. Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, said that curtailing tax breaks such as the...

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during the Black American Leadership Alliance's 'D.C. March for Jobs' rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington on July 15, 2013. The rally and march were held to call attention to the impact that illegal immigration has on wages, and lost employment opportunities for low-skilled Americans.

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during the Black American Leadership Alliance's 'D.C. March for Jobs' rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington on July 15, 2013. The rally and march were held to call attention to the impact that illegal immigration has on wages, and lost employment opportunities for low-skilled Americans.

King’s Immigrant ‘Mule’ Talk Rebuked by Boehner, Cantor

Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who’s become a font of anti-immigration rhetoric, is getting a strong rebuke from House leaders after insisting that immigrants’ kids coming to the U.S. illegally are drug mules. King, who famously likened immigrants to...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, meets with reporters, taking questions on immigration, student loans, and GOP-led efforts to stop President Barack Obama's signature health care law, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 18, 2013

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, meets with reporters, taking questions on immigration, student loans, and GOP-led efforts to stop President Barack Obama's signature health care law, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 18, 2013

Boehner Calls for Immigration Vote Before Debt Limit Debate

House Speaker John Boehner says he wants a vote on immigration legislation before negotiations begin later this year over raising the U.S. debt limit. Boehner, who is insisting on a bill-by-bill approach to revising immigration laws, said “I would hope...

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Migrant farm workers from Mexico a day of harvesting organic vegetables in Wellington, Colorado.

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Migrant farm workers from Mexico a day of harvesting organic vegetables in Wellington, Colorado.

House Ready to Make Undocumented ‘Real Americans:’ Diaz-Balart

A group of U.S. House members will propose steps to legal status for undocumented immigrants, who shouldn’t be living here permanently without a chance to become “real Americans,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. Bringing many of the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants “out of the...

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Boxes of rosaries with a picture of Pope Francis in a gift shop at St Peter's square on March 14, 2013 at the Vatican, a day after his election.

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Boxes of rosaries with a picture of Pope Francis in a gift shop at St Peter's square on March 14, 2013 at the Vatican, a day after his election.

Boehner Passes on Rome with Biden, Hosting Irish PM for Paddy’s Lunch

President Barack Obama has offered House Speaker John Boehner, a Catholic, a trip to the Vatican. The speaker, immersed in budget talks, has declined. Plus, the prime minister of Ireland is coming to Washington for St. Patrick’s Day-centered festivities. Pope...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, left, answers questions during a press conference with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Feb. 26, 2013 in Washington.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, left, answers questions during a press conference with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Feb. 26, 2013 in Washington.

Boehner to Senate: ‘Off Their Ass’

House Speaker John Boehner today accused President Barack Obama of using the military as a “prop” to campaign for a tax increase in the debate over federal spending cuts that will take effect March 1. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said...

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