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Iraqi men from local tribes brandish their weapons in the city of Fallujah on Jan. 5, 2014.

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Iraqi men from local tribes brandish their weapons in the city of Fallujah on Jan. 5, 2014.

Iraq, Afghanistan: $1.47 Trillion

Updated at 1:36 pm EST As turmoil in Iraq underscores the instability of a nation the U.S. spent a decade dismantling and then rebuilding, the Pentagon has a price tag for U.S. involvement there since 2001: $731 Billion. And as...

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Activists gather for a demonstration in support of former NSA employee Edward Snowden and U.S. soldier Bradley Manning and against the electonic surveillance tactics of the NSA on July 27, 2013 in Berlin.

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Activists gather for a demonstration in support of former NSA employee Edward Snowden and U.S. soldier Bradley Manning and against the electonic surveillance tactics of the NSA on July 27, 2013 in Berlin.

Intelligence ‘Black Budget:’ Post Reports Snowden’s Catch

$52.6 billion. That’s what U.S. intelligence-gathering agencies are spending, according to a copy of “the black budget” published by the Washington Post today, drawing on a familiar source, the fugitive former national security contractor, Edward Snowden. The CIA ($14.7 billion),...

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Law enforcement capture marijuana being smuggled into the United States from Mexico in Tucson, Arizona, in this file photo.

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Law enforcement capture marijuana being smuggled into the United States from Mexico in Tucson, Arizona, in this file photo.

White House Budget-Cutting Lesson: Try Cutting 8.2 Percent from Zero

This is the art, in Washington, of cutting an agency that doesn’t exist: In all the warnings of the consequences of looming budget cuts, the White House budget office  has noted one program targeted for cuts — an office that...

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Locals walk past a Pakistani policeman guarding an entrance to the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed in an operation by U.S. Navy Seals in Abottabad, Pakistan.

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Locals walk past a Pakistani policeman guarding an entrance to the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed in an operation by U.S. Navy Seals in Abottabad, Pakistan.

Ex-Military Group Challenges Obama for Leaks, ‘Politicizing’ Bin Laden

An ex-military force with Republican ties is advancing into the presidential election campaign — with plans for ground and air assaults on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund yesterday unveiled a Web site and a 22-minute film...

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