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A group of military 'DREAMers', undocumented youth who aspire to serve the United States in uniform but are prohibited from doing due to their immigration status, rally in front of the U.S. Captiol on May 20, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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A group of military 'DREAMers', undocumented youth who aspire to serve the United States in uniform but are prohibited from doing due to their immigration status, rally in front of the U.S. Captiol on May 20, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Republican Seeking Obama’s Help on Immigration

Rep. Jeff Denham of California says the Obama administration should take administrative action to let undocumented immigrants join the military and give them a path to citizenship, if his fellow Republicans in charge of the House won’t allow a vote...

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Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates salutes the march-in-review during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute for him at the Pentagon's River Terrace Parade Field in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2011.

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Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates salutes the march-in-review during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute for him at the Pentagon's River Terrace Parade Field in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2011.

Gates Tours with Memoir in Extra Printing, Obama: ‘War Never Easy’

Updated at 4:25 and 4:35 pm EST Retired Defense Secretary Robert Gates is braced for questions about the critique of the White House embodied in his widely sought memoir, “Duty,” that hits the bookstores Tuesday. As part of a media...

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The Field Deployable Hydrolysis System uses heat and reagents to degrade chemical weapons.

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The Field Deployable Hydrolysis System uses heat and reagents to degrade chemical weapons.

Shipping Out to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons

The Cape Ray sits in Portsmouth, Virginia, ship-shape and ready to turn Syria’s most deadly chemical weapons into what amounts to Drano. But its mission to destroy 700 tons of Syria’s bulk chemical weapons can’t begin until Russian trucks can...

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A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

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A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

SEAL Bin Laden Book: Fight Goes On

First there was “Zero Dark Thirty,” and now there’s “Captain Phillips,” both movies that show Navy SEALs in a heroic light — the second made with Pentagon and Navy support. Now get ready for “Navy SEALS — The Lawsuit.” Maybe Charlie Sheen should be...

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Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips."

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Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips."

`Captain Phillips:’ Navy Helped Tell Tale, Pentagon’s Bad Book Review

The precision prowess of Navy SEAL commandos will be on full display today with the nationwide release of Sony Picture’s “Captain Phillips,” depicting the 2009 high-seas rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips, played by Tom Hanks, after a five-day ordeal with...

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2013.

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2013.

Shutdown Journal: Day 10

Updated at 10:05 through 6:53 pm EDT President Barack Obama neither accepted nor rejected the House Republicans’ plan to increase the debt limit short-term and end the government shutdown as the two sides entered further talks tonight, Bloomberg’s Roxana Tiron,...

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A Tomahawk cruise missile flies toward Iraq after being launched from the AEGIS guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto in the Red Sea.

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A Tomahawk cruise missile flies toward Iraq after being launched from the AEGIS guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto in the Red Sea.

Syrian Assault: Reconciling No ‘Pin-Pricks’ with ‘Unbelievably Small’

The threat of military strikes against Syria has receded for now as the U.S. and Russia prepare for Geneva gestures over whether and how President Bashar al-Assad would turn over his chemical weapons. But if the talks fail, the U.S....

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel leavs after about the Defense Department's FY2014 budget request during a briefing at the Pentagon, April 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel leavs after about the Defense Department's FY2014 budget request during a briefing at the Pentagon, April 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.

Bloomberg By the Numbers: $17.6 Billion

That’s the value of contracts awarded by the Defense Department in August, that $17.6 billion representing a decline of almost 34 percent from the same month a year earlier. The decline was blamed on sequestration, as the Pentagon faced the...

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People walk through a newly-renovated corridor at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

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People walk through a newly-renovated corridor at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $475 Billion

That’s the projected Defense Department budget for fiscal 2014 under automatic cuts known as sequestration, according to a Pentagon planning document. It’s almost 10 percent less than the pending $526.6 billion request, Bloomberg’s Tony Capaccio reports. The reduction could cause the Pentagon to...

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A Public Affairs Officer escorts media through the currently closed Camp X-Ray which was the first detention facility to hold 'enemy combatants' at the U.S. Naval Station on June 27, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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A Public Affairs Officer escorts media through the currently closed Camp X-Ray which was the first detention facility to hold 'enemy combatants' at the U.S. Naval Station on June 27, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Gitmo: You Can Go Home Again

Lost, perhaps, in the wave of cable news about accused predator Bob Filner hanging on as mayor of San Diego and the sexcapades of Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner running for mayor of New York, came this news from Washington, in...

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