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Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, arrives to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing chaired by Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, left, in Washington, D.C., in this May 23, 2012 file photo.

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Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, arrives to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing chaired by Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, left, in Washington, D.C., in this May 23, 2012 file photo.

Kerry’s Rising Ratings Still Trailing Clinton, Rice and Powell: Gallup

Even in a dangerous world, it turns out, being secretary of state may be good for you. John Kerry ran for president and lost. Now 55 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the secretary of state roving from...

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Obama State of the Union by Harrer

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Bloomberg Photo / Andrew Harrer

Obama: ‘The Danger Remains’

“When I took office, nearly 180,000 Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said President Barack Obama, who opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq before his election to the Senate from Illinois yet has executed a hard-charging ground and drone...

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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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Baker on Iran: ‘Don’t Lose a Damn Thing by Talking’

James Baker, former secretary of state for one president and secretary of the treasury and chief of staff for another, says European leaders shouldn’t be surprised by allegations of American espionage. Recalling his time as the chief U.S. diplomat for...

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at the White House.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at the White House.

Carney’s ‘Talking Points:’ ‘Politics’

“Talking points have been given a bad name.” – Jay Carney, White House spokesman. He who deals in the daily dissemination of talking points laughed today as he delivered that line in the White House press briefing room, while delivering...

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People demonstrate in front of the White House in Washington against US intervention in Syria on September 7, 2013.

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People demonstrate in front of the White House in Washington against US intervention in Syria on September 7, 2013.

American Confidence in Government: Four-Decade Low

There could be a reason many Americans are turning inward, as President Barack Obama makes a case for enforcing international norms of humanity on another foreign front. The trust that Americans place in the federal government’s ability to handle international...

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U.S. Marines chain the head of a statue of Saddam Hussein before pulling it down in Baghdad's al-Fardous square on April 9, 2003.

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U.S. Marines chain the head of a statue of Saddam Hussein before pulling it down in Baghdad's al-Fardous square on April 9, 2003.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 197

That’s how many members of the House and Senate voted on a 2002 resolution authorizing U.S. military operations in Iraq. There are 143 current House members, or one-third of the current membership of 433, who voted on the Iraq war...

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Now-retired Army Gen. David Petraeus.

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Now-retired Army Gen. David Petraeus.

Petraeus: All In On Syria

Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, former director of the CIA under President Barack Obama and past commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, is calling on Congress to support Obama’s move for a military strike against Syria. “I strongly...

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A photo of alleged chemical weapons victims in Syria is seen before a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on September 3, 2013 in Washington.

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A photo of alleged chemical weapons victims in Syria is seen before a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on September 3, 2013 in Washington.

Kerry: Syria ‘Can Get Hit Again,’ if U.S. Strike Doesn’t Deter Chemicals

What happens if once is not enough? What happens if the U.S. launches a military strike to degrade Syria’s chemical weaponry and deter its future use and Syria deploys it again? “Use it again, then you can get hit again,”...

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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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