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Al-Qaeda inspired militants stand with captured Iraqi Army Humvee at a checkpoint outside Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad on June 19, 2014.

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Al-Qaeda inspired militants stand with captured Iraqi Army Humvee at a checkpoint outside Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad on June 19, 2014.

Obama Redeploying Advisers After ‘Dumb’ Iraq War

On Oct. 20, 2002, a state senator in Illinois stepped out to the Federal Plaza in Chicago to speak out against President George W. Bush’s bid to lead a regime-changing invasion of Iraq. “I don’t oppose all wars,” state Sen....

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U.S. President Barack Obama exits Marine One on June 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama exits Marine One on June 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Choice: ‘Right Thing… When the Public Isn’t With You’

Updated at 2 pm and 5 pm EDT Mid-afternoon at the White House, President Barack Obama sat down with the leaders of both parties of the House and Senate. This sort of parley seldom takes place in the Obama White...

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President Barack Obama walks with the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Jani Bergdahl, left, and Bob Bergdahl, right, back to the Oval Office after making a statement regarding the release of Sgt. Bergdahl from captivity on May 31, 2014.

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President Barack Obama walks with the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Jani Bergdahl, left, and Bob Bergdahl, right, back to the Oval Office after making a statement regarding the release of Sgt. Bergdahl from captivity on May 31, 2014.

Obama’s Choice: Bergdahl Now

There appears to be little question that the U.S. should be bringing Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home after five years of captivity in Afghanistan. The biggest questions involve the circumstances: In a swap for five longtime detainees at the U.S....

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President Barack Obama was joined by the parents of Bowe Bergdahl at the White House, May 31, 2014 / AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster

President Barack Obama was joined by the parents of Bowe Bergdahl at the White House, May 31, 2014 / AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster

Obama’s Gitmo Swap: Five Released for One Freed American

President Barack Obama has been trying to close the U.S. detention center for accused enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since his first days in office — almost as long as one American soldier was held hostage in Afghanistan. Today,...

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President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy to West Point's Class of 2014,  on May 28, 2014.

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President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy to West Point's Class of 2014, on May 28, 2014.

Obama’s West Point Salute: National Security Played Forward

Updated at 11:11 am EDT  following speech Entering a post-war period in modern American history, President Barack Obama said today that the U.S. “has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world” and cannot relinquish its leadership on...

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President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops during a surprise visit to Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, on May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday.

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President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops during a surprise visit to Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, on May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday.

Obama’s Afghan Withdrawal: 2016

Updated at 2:53 and 2:57 pm EDT The war is over in Afghanistan. Or is it? President Barack Obama effectively said so over the weekend, as he made a surprise visit to Bagram Air Base and said — to the...

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US President Barack Obama walks with White House Councilor John Podesta, left, through the Ellipse in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2014, on their way to the US Department of the Interior.

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US President Barack Obama walks with White House Councilor John Podesta, left, through the Ellipse in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2014, on their way to the US Department of the Interior.

Podesta’s Special Bagram Delivery

Most of the White House aides who flew aboard Air Force One to Bagram Air Field on President Barack Obama’s secret Memorial Day weekend flight were there to advise him — on Afghan policy, American military posture or his communications...

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President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement about the recent problems at the Veterans Affairs Department with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on May 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement about the recent problems at the Veterans Affairs Department with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on May 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama: VA Abuses ‘Will Be Punished’

Updated at 11:13 am EDT President Barack Obama said today that he “will not stand for” any cover-ups of backlogs in care at Veterans Affairs hospitals, and that anyone implicated in that in an investigation underway “will be punished.” “When...

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton tour the Memorial Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on May 15, 2014, in New York.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton tour the Memorial Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on May 15, 2014, in New York.

9/11 Museum Dedication: Bush, Absent: ‘Evil is Real’

Three days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, then-President George W. Bush traveled to the wreckage of the World Trade Center with a message for the world. The president, standing on the rubble of Ground Zero, grabbed a...

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