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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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A closure sign is posted on the national mall near the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013.

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A closure sign is posted on the national mall near the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013.

Shutdown Journal: Week One

Updated Oct. 6  at 9:50 am and 12:34 pm EDT On the first Sunday of the partial government shutdown, think of the talk shows as quote machines. With some ominous quotes at that: Boehner: “We are not going to pass...

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President George W. Bush is pictured observing the path of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans from a window of Air Force One on Aug. 31, 2005.

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President George W. Bush is pictured observing the path of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans from a window of Air Force One on Aug. 31, 2005.

Navy Yard Like Katrina — And Now?

What is it about this photograph the evokes another president’s fly-by photograph? The image made by White House photographer Pete Souza pictures President Barack Obama receiving an update on the Washington Navy Yard shootings from FBI Director James Comey, to the...

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Secretary of State John Kerry, left, accompanied by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Sept. 10, 2013, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the proposed authorization to use military force in Syria.

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Secretary of State John Kerry, left, accompanied by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Sept. 10, 2013, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the proposed authorization to use military force in Syria.

Kerry: Obama ‘Not Waiting Long’ for Syrian Plan to Relinquish Weapons

Amid talk of a Syrian agreement with Russia to hand over its chemical weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. still must prepare to take action. “It is no exaggeration at all to say… that the world is...

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President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport in Sweden on September 5, 2013 en route to St. Petersburg to attend the G20 summit.

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President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport in Sweden on September 5, 2013 en route to St. Petersburg to attend the G20 summit.

Will Obama Act on His Own in Syria? Word of the U.S. ‘Vital Currency’

Amid growing signs that President Barack Obama may not win the approval from Congress that he is seeking for a military strike against Syria, the increasingly important question is: Will he act on his own? The president and has advisers...

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Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain listens during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on September 3, 2013 in Washington.

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Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain listens during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on September 3, 2013 in Washington.

McCain: iSee Your Syria, iRaise You

In the field of foreign affairs, experts try to stay one step ahead of the opposition. Sometimes, flush with victory, they can get straight to the matter at hand, though the ever-present wild card has a way of turning a...

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In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network on Aug. 29, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, members of the UN investigation team take samples from the ground in the Damascus countryside of Zamalka, Syria.

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In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network on Aug. 29, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, members of the UN investigation team take samples from the ground in the Damascus countryside of Zamalka, Syria.

Senators on Syria: ‘Eyes of World Upon Us’

Updated at 3, 3:33 and 4:22 pm EST Both John Kerry and Chuck Hagel have served on this committee, Kerry as chairman. Now Kerry, the secretary of state, and Hagel, the secretary of defense, are seeking its approval. Senate Foreign Relations...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH, listens as President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with members of Congress at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 3, 2013.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH, listens as President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with members of Congress at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 3, 2013.

Boehner on Syria: U.S. ‘Needs’ to Act — Cantor, Pelosi on Board Too

Updated at 11:40 am EST As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee prepares to hear today from Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey on the Obama administration’s plan for a military...

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A U.S. Marine pulls down a picture of Saddam Hussein at a school on April 16, 2003 in Al-Kut, Iraq. A combination team of Marines, Army and Special Forces went to schools and other facilities in Al-Kut looking for weapons caches and unexploded bombs in preparation for removing and neutralizing them.

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A U.S. Marine pulls down a picture of Saddam Hussein at a school on April 16, 2003 in Al-Kut, Iraq. A combination team of Marines, Army and Special Forces went to schools and other facilities in Al-Kut looking for weapons caches and unexploded bombs in preparation for removing and neutralizing them.

Lessons of Iraq, Vietnam: Now Syria

Updated at 10 and 10:55 am EST The lessons of Vietnam, it appears, have fused with the lessons of Iraq. In some ways they are starkly different, and in some ways the same. And they are merging now, as the...

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Egyptian Army soldiers stand guard on an armored vehicle outside the main Christian Orthodox Cathedral in the southern city of Assiut, Egypt, on August 18, 2013.

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In this Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 photo, Egyptian Army soldiers stand guard on an armored vehicle outside the main Christian Orthodox Cathedral in the southern city of Assiut, Egypt, on August 18, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $1.3 Billion

That’s how much the U.S. provides Egypt’s armed forces in annual aid. A 51 percent majority of Americans say it’s better to cut off military aid to put pressure on the Egyptian government, compared with 26 percent who back continued...

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