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Rick Perry, governor of Texas.

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas.

Paul vs. Perry: Never Eye-to-Eye

Leave it to Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist, to comment on Rick Perry’s eyeglasses. “Apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly,” Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky eyed...

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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.

Photograph by AP Photo

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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This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with truckloads of captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.

Photograph AP Photo via militant website

This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with truckloads of captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.

Banned Iranian U.N. Envoy Tweeting U.S.-Iran Alliance

Remember Hamid Aboutalebi? He was the Iranian envoy to the United Nations barred from entering the U.S. because of his role as an interpreter for the militant student group that took American diplomats hostage in 1979. After keeping a low...

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U.S. President Barack Obama exits Marine One on June 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama exits Marine One on June 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Choice: ‘Right Thing… When the Public Isn’t With You’

Updated at 2 pm and 5 pm EDT Mid-afternoon at the White House, President Barack Obama sat down with the leaders of both parties of the House and Senate. This sort of parley seldom takes place in the Obama White...

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An Iraqi army vehicle, burned by ISIS forces on the outskirts of Mosul, in Iraq on June 12, 2014.

Photograph by Onur Coban/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

An Iraqi army vehicle, burned by ISIS forces on the outskirts of Mosul, in Iraq on June 12, 2014.

As Iraq Reels, War’s Fathers Mum

With Iraq under siege from Islamic militants bent on creating a Caliphate that includes areas of Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon, U.S. policy has come under fire. Critics are demanding that President Barack Obama fire his national security team. Analysts...

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President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement about the recent problems at the Veterans Affairs Department with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on May 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement about the recent problems at the Veterans Affairs Department with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on May 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama: VA Abuses ‘Will Be Punished’

Updated at 11:13 am EDT President Barack Obama said today that he “will not stand for” any cover-ups of backlogs in care at Veterans Affairs hospitals, and that anyone implicated in that in an investigation underway “will be punished.” “When...

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