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Former senior executive with the National Security Agency, Thomas Drake, leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Baltimore in this 2011 file photo.

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Former senior executive with the National Security Agency, Thomas Drake, leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Baltimore in this 2011 file photo.

NSA Watching Reporters: Whistleblower

Whistle-blower Thomas Drake says reporters are being tracked by the government, particularly if they cover national security issues or major banks. “It’s routine,” Drake said, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington today. “Anybody that writes in this space,...

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SSgt. Jennifer Garza, center, disciplines her Marine recruits with some unscheduled physical training in the sand pit outside their barracks during boot camp on February 27, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina.

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SSgt. Jennifer Garza, center, disciplines her Marine recruits with some unscheduled physical training in the sand pit outside their barracks during boot camp on February 27, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina.

Lady Leatherneck: 9/11 Recruited Her

This is not your Father’s Marine Corps. With the Pentagon’s decision to deploy women in direct combat — a move that will be implemented over time, force by force — comes a new recognition of an old type: Lady Leatherneck....

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Former Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney acknowledges the crowd after he was introduced by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley during the second day of the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 15, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Former Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney acknowledges the crowd after he was introduced by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley during the second day of the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 15, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Romney: ‘We Have Not Lost Our Way’

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, goffered an emotional thank you today as he struck a positive tone for his party in his first public speech since losing the election to President Barack Obama. As he recalled some of...

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, wearing the red jersey, riding in the Pelotonia with his son Will Portman, right in this file photo. Portman said his views on gay marriage began changing in 2011 when his son, Will, then a freshman at Yale University, told his parents he was gay and that it wasn't a choice but "part of who he was." Portman said he and his wife, Jane, were very surprised but also supportive.

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, wearing the red jersey, riding in the Pelotonia with his son Will Portman, right in this file photo. Portman said his views on gay marriage began changing in 2011 when his son, Will, then a freshman at Yale University, told his parents he was gay and that it wasn't a choice but "part of who he was." Portman said he and his wife, Jane, were very surprised but also supportive.

Portman’s Signal of Political Evolution: Hello, Columbus

Written with Mark Niquette in Columbus, Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, voicing support for same-sex marriage with a personal note that his son is gay, joins a bipartisan movement toward a recognition of rights that many Americans are...

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A P2V Neptune U.S. patrol plane flies over a Soviet freighter during the Cuban missile crisis in this 1962 photograph.

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A P2V Neptune U.S. patrol plane flies over a Soviet freighter during the Cuban missile crisis in this 1962 photograph.

Some Sunshine: Tale of Two FOIA’s

The last day of “Sunshine Week”’ — celebrating the Freedom of Information Act and not the Age of Aquarius from “Hair” — rings kinda hollow to this defense reporter. Like many scribes, I was overjoyed — maybe too giddy —...

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National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013.

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National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013.

NRA’s LaPierre: ‘Will Not Be Silenced’

Wayne LaPierre, chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association, drew enthusiastic applause at the Conservative Political Action Conference today when he took the stage after playing news clips of political pundits calling him “crazy.” The longtime gun-rights lobbyist reiterated...

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House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds up a copy of the 2014 Budget Resolution as he speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 12, 2013.

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House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds up a copy of the 2014 Budget Resolution as he speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 12, 2013.

Ryan Needs $5.7 Trillion in Taxes to Meet Budget Goals: Policy Center

House Republicans would need to eliminate about $5.7 trillion in tax breaks over the next decade to meet the targets in their budget, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center said today. The budget, which will be on the House floor next...

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Senator Rob Portman speaks with reporters outside of Speaker John Boehner's office, on Capitol Hill, on Dec. 20, 2012.

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Senator Rob Portman speaks with reporters outside of Speaker John Boehner's office, on Capitol Hill, on Dec. 20, 2012.

Portman Endorses Gay Marriage, Says Son is Gay

Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, reversed his position against gay marriage and said he now supports it because his son is gay. Portman, a party leader on economic issues who was considered a top candidate to be Mitt Romney’s...

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An image of Donald Trump is seen above a message board that is announcing job cuts at Hewlett-Packard in Times Square in this May 17, 2012 file photo in New York City.

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An image of Donald Trump is seen above a message board that is announcing job cuts at Hewlett-Packard in Times Square in this May 17, 2012 file photo in New York City.

Trump Warns of the Immigrant Vote

Billionaire Donald Trump says Republicans could be on a “suicide mission” if the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are eventually allowed to vote. “Every one of those 11 million people will be voting Democratic,” he warned those...

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TV video cameras at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference at the National Harbor.

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TV video cameras at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference at the National Harbor.

Immigration Reform Promoted at CPAC

If you’re looking for opponents of a broad immigration rewrite at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, you’ll have to do some sleuthing. Foes who decry efforts to legalize the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants as “amnesty,” for so long...

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