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Frank Sesno, left, interviews Colin Powell.

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Frank Sesno, left, interviews Colin Powell.

Powell: ‘Washington Needs Help’

Colin Powell has some straight talk for the next generation of leaders: “Stay away from stupid reality shows, and don’t spend all your time texting the person next to you.” The former secretary of state, chairman of the joint chiefs...

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A missile is launched by an 'Iron Dome' battery, a short-range missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 15, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.

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A missile is launched by an 'Iron Dome' battery, a short-range missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 15, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.

Iron Dome: $225 Million More

Among the few bills that have cleared the 113th Congress: One authorizing $225 million more for the “Iron Dome” defense that shoots down rockets fired at Israel from Gaza. President Obama puts down his pen after signing “The Iron Dome...

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A video screen shows US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Ouistreham International Ceremony at Sword Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy, in Ouistreham, France, on June 6, 2014.

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A video screen shows US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Ouistreham International Ceremony at Sword Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy, in Ouistreham, France, on June 6, 2014.

No ‘New Cold War’ — Disappointed?

Why is everyone so anxious for a new Cold War? Is the current conflict with Russia, in which President Barack Obama today announced the newest round of sanctions following the downing of an airliner over Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists, a...

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Robert "Bob" McDonald, former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co., with a copy of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework" while testifying during a nomination hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2014.

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Robert "Bob" McDonald, former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co., with a copy of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework" while testifying during a nomination hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $17 Billion

That’s the cost of a compromise bill that would address problems in the Veterans Administration’s health-care service. The legislation “makes certain that we address the immediate crisis of veterans being forced onto long waiting lines for health care,” Sen. Bernie...

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian during clashes following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem on July 25, 2014.

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian during clashes following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem on July 25, 2014.

Fighting on Beaches, Fields, Streets — and Twitter

Fighting on the beaches, fighting in the fields and streets — and fighting on the Internet: The Twitter campaign of the Israeli Defense Forces is waged in the same call to arms for a besieged nation’s defense that Winston Churchill...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Orthodox festival to honor the birthday of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius on July 18, 2014, near Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Orthodox festival to honor the birthday of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius on July 18, 2014, near Moscow.

Putin’s Popularity Peaking

For all the trouble that Russia’s incursion into Ukraine has caused in Europe and the United States, for all the sanctions that European Union and U.S. allies have imposed on Russian business interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin is as popular as...

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Russia's Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on May 29, 2014.

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Russia's Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on May 29, 2014.

U.S.-Russian Space Industry: ‘Business as Usual’

Apollo 11 was launched to the Moon 35 years ago on this date. Today, the U.S. can’t get astronauts to the International Space Station or put large military satellites into orbit without Russian help. With the retirement of the shuttle...

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