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U.S. Marines chain the head of a statue of Saddam Hussein before pulling it down in Baghdad's al-Fardous square on April 9, 2003.

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U.S. Marines chain the head of a statue of Saddam Hussein before pulling it down in Baghdad's al-Fardous square on April 9, 2003.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 197

That’s how many members of the House and Senate voted on a 2002 resolution authorizing U.S. military operations in Iraq. There are 143 current House members, or one-third of the current membership of 433, who voted on the Iraq war...

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Now-retired Army Gen. David Petraeus.

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Now-retired Army Gen. David Petraeus.

Petraeus: All In On Syria

Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, former director of the CIA under President Barack Obama and past commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, is calling on Congress to support Obama’s move for a military strike against Syria. “I strongly...

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A Canadian flag flies over the Berens River in Berens River, Manitoba.

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A Canadian flag flies over the Berens River in Berens River, Manitoba.

Canadian Invasion Not in the Budget

Lawmakers are agreed: We should not invade Canada. Debate over a Senate Democratic proposal to tap “unspent” Afghanistan war funds to cover the cost of halting budget sequestration veered today into the theoretical. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois was on...

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Delegates watch a video about former President George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida.

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Delegates watch a video about former President George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida.

Bush Revisited: Regaining Lost Ground

“After the most unpopular second term of the post-World War II era, ” pollster Gary Langer reports, former President George W. Bush “has gained in public esteem as time since his presidency has passed – not that the public’s ready...

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House Jan. 11, 2013 in Washington.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House Jan. 11, 2013 in Washington.

Obama-Karzai: Springtime Handoff for Security, U.S. Draw-Down Follows

President Barack Obama, discussing the hand-off of security in Afghanistan to the government of Hamid Karzai and the draw-down of U.S. troops, was asked today of the “huge” cost of life involved in the war there is justified — in...

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President Barack Obama greets people as he visits Island Snow for shave ice in Kailua, Hawaii, during his holiday vacation, on Jan 3, 2013.

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President Barack Obama greets people as he visits Island Snow for shave ice in Kailua, Hawaii, during his holiday vacation, on Jan 3, 2013.

Obama Home from the Holidays: Hard New Year’s Nights Ahead

President Barack Obama returns to Washington today from his annual family vacation in Hawaii for a week expected to include Cabinet nominations, a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and preparations for a second-term inauguration. Obama is scheduled to return...

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Secretarty of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, watch President Barack Obama's at the NATO Summit in Chicago.

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Secretarty of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, watch President Barack Obama's at the NATO Summit in Chicago.

Defense and Scandal: Reshuffling Top 100 Most Influential in the Field

There’s nothing like a sex scandal to weaken the standing of a Washington power broker. Take David Petraeus, the former CIA director and a retired star general of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The once-widely admired Petraeus was slated to...

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Marine pilot Maj. Aric Liberman, second from left, poses for photos with, from left, Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, and U.S. Sen John McCain on Nov. 20, 2012 after delivering a second F-35B Joint Strike Fighter at the conclusion of a re-designation ceremony for Marine Attack Fighter Squadron 121.

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Marine pilot Maj. Aric Liberman, second from left, poses for photos with, from left, Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, and U.S. Sen John McCain on Nov. 20, 2012 after delivering a second F-35B Joint Strike Fighter at the conclusion of a re-designation ceremony for Marine Attack Fighter Squadron 121.

Jan Brewer: Where in the World?

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who left her state for an undisclosed destination on Dec. 2, is visiting Arizona soldiers in Afghanistan, according to a person familiar with the governor’s schedule. The Republican governor’s absence was noticed yesterday when she didn’t...

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