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The U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

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The U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

CIA Spy Planes: APB for Tupac

The CIA has been celebrating anniversaries lately. And paying homage to its role in life around Roswell. #HISTINT: a new weekly feature highlighting historic intelligence events #U2Week #4July1956 http://t.co/g7s6jnFSzX pic.twitter.com/c2KQGdGFIf — CIA (@CIA) July 4, 2014 This spy business could...

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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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A U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank fires live rounds in Pocheon, South Korea.

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A U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank fires live rounds in Pocheon, South Korea.

Army Tanking Tanks: General Dynamics Battles for $230 Million

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: Emboldened by last year’s success — when Congress agreed to spend $90 million on upgraded battle tanks the Pentagon didn’t want — General Dynamics Corp. is asking for more. The Falls Church, Virginia-based company, is...

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A program before former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a Long Island Association luncheon on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

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A program before former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a Long Island Association luncheon on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

Jeb Bush’s Journey: Doing What it Takes, Whether Running or Not

Jeb Bush is doing what someone running for president does. That doesn’t mean he is running for president. All he offers today is a simple e-smile. The former two-term Florida governor is on the road this week and next raising...

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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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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with two-year-old Ashtyn Gardner during the White House Christmas decorations viewing on Dec. 4, 2013.

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with two-year-old Ashtyn Gardner during the White House Christmas decorations viewing on Dec. 4, 2013.

First-Dog Topiaries With Wagging Tails: Christmas at the White House

A short time after President Barack Obama delivered an Obamacare pep talk today, the White House unwrapped its 2013 holiday decorations with the theme “Gather Around.” Over 83 volunteers from around the country helped White House staff adorn 24 Christmas...

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A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on Nov. 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California.

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A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on Nov. 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California.

Obamacare: Mission ‘In Progress’

“Mission Accomplished.” It can be a treacherous declaration, in the political sphere, if it’s proven wrong. Today, the healthcare.gov website that is supposed to serve as the Internet portal to health insurance for millions of Americans lacking it can accommodate...

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Iraqi President Saddam Hussein shows a sword given to him as a gift before being sworn in as president on October 17, 2002 in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Iraqi President Saddam Hussein shows a sword given to him as a gift before being sworn in as president on October 17, 2002 in Baghdad, Iraq.

Saddam Hussein’s Sword Going Home

Raiders of the Lost Ark, this is not. The statue of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein may have been toppled after the U.S.-led invasion. But his ceremonial sword is going home, thanks to U.S. Customs. The sword, “smuggled into...

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The exterior of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

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The exterior of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

Bush Center: The New Dallas

There was no shortage of controversy when the leafy, Georgian-styled campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Laura Bush’s alma mater, was chosen as the home for the George W. Bush Presidential Center (see my piece published six years ago...

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Members of a U.S. Army carry team carry a flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Specialist Omar M. Albrak of Chicago during a dignified transfer on the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base on May 12, 2009 in Dover, Delaware. Albrak was killed while serving in Iraq. Today was his 21st birthday.

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Members of a U.S. Army carry team carry a flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Specialist Omar M. Albrak of Chicago during a dignified transfer on the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base on May 12, 2009 in Dover, Delaware. Albrak was killed while serving in Iraq. Today was his 21st birthday.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 4,486

4,486. That’s the number of U.S. military deaths in the war in Iraq that began 10 years ago. An additional 318 non-U.S. troops have been killed, according to figures compiled by icasualties.org, a Web-site that tracks figures from official sources and news reports....

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