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Afghan carpet vendors at a weekend bazaar in a Kabul military compound.

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Afghan carpet vendors at a weekend bazaar in a Kabul military compound.

Blackhawks Blow Kabul Bazaar — Sunny, With a Chance of Rotor-Wash

It’s a sunny and mildly chilly afternoon in Kabul on a Friday, a slow-ops tempo day in military speak, when civilians and people in uniform can take it easy because their Afghan counterparts are off on their weekend. After three...

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House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, insists that the House is trying to keep the government open, not shutting it.

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House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, insists that the House is trying to keep the government open, not shutting it.

Countdown to Shutdown: 2 Days

Updated at 9:20, 10:40 am and 3:07 pm EDT They say it’s not about a shutdown. They say it’s about fixing, if not defunding, what they call “Obama-care.” Yet the Republican-run House’s action early this morning, almost strictly along party...

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An activist with the Code Pink group disrupts a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, 2013.

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An activist with the Code Pink group disrupts a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, 2013.

MoveOn.org (Mostly) Joins Antiwar Opposition

MoveOn.org, the advocacy group that spent $1 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama last year, is now mobilizing to oppose his call to attack Syria. A poll of the 8 million members of the organization, which pushed to end...

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Pro Mohamed Morsi supporters attend a rally near where over 50 were purported to have been killed by members of the Egyptian military and police in early morning clashes on July 8, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt

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Pro Mohamed Morsi supporters attend a rally near where over 50 were purported to have been killed by members of the Egyptian military and police in early morning clashes on July 8, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt

McCain: Cut U.S. Aid to Egypt — Boehner: Consulting with Obama

Sen. John McCain says the U.S. must cut its aid to Egypt following the military’s removal of Mohamed Morsi from the presidency. ”It is difficult for me to conclude that what happened was anything other than a coup in which...

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

Photograph by Rich Clement/Bloomberg

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

Pentagon Off (Oops) by Billions

The Pentagon announced on Dec. 5 that C.R. Bard Inc. won a maximum $4.67 billion, one-year deal to deliver surgical products to the military. The award would have been a coup for Bard, representing almost twice the company’s $2.9 billion...

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Loaves of Wonder Bread at the Hostess Brand Inc. bakery in Sacramento, California. Photograph by Ken James/Bloomberg

Loaves of Wonder Bread at the Hostess Brand Inc. bakery in Sacramento, California. Photograph by Ken James/Bloomberg

Pentagon Twinkies Supply Route Cut

The Pentagon may need to find another vendor to satisfy its sweet tooth. Hostess Brands Inc., the bankrupt maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies that has said it will fire more than 18,000 workers and liquidate after a strike crippled...

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President Barack Obama greets troops after delivering remarks inside the 1st Aviation Support Battalion Hangar on Aur. 31, 2012 at Fort Bliss, Texas.

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President Barack Obama greets troops after delivering remarks inside the 1st Aviation Support Battalion Hangar on Aur. 31, 2012 at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Military: Obama Tops Romney Almost 2-1 in Campaign Donations

President Barack Obama is taking in almost twice as much in campaign contributions from U.S. military personnel as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is collecting, despite Romney’s promises to boost defense spending and his campaign attacks over military cuts set...

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