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An Afghan Army soldier, left, and soldiers with the 4th Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Parsa in Khost province, Afghanistan, on June 22, 2013.

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An Afghan Army soldier, left, and soldiers with the 4th Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Parsa in Khost province, Afghanistan, on June 22, 2013.

Obama Should Take Credit for Afghanistan, McKeon Says

President Barack Obama is too quiet about one of the top accomplishments of his administration, House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon says. McKeon, speaking at a National Press Club luncheon today, said the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has been a...

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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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Walking with his daughter Elizabeth, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) makes his way to a House GOP caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, on July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Walking with his daughter Elizabeth, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) makes his way to a House GOP caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, on July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Conservatives By Any Other Name

George W. Bush famously waged his first campaign for president as a “compassionate conservative.” He campaigned on education and immigration reform — signing that “No Child Left Behind” act by the end of his first year. Immigration was supposed to...

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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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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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President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with Speaker of the House Boehner, on August 31, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden listens at right.

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President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with Speaker of the House Boehner, on August 31, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden listens at right.

Obama, Nobel Peace Prize-Winner: ‘At What Point’ War?

“What happens if Congress doesn’t approve” a U.S. military strike against Syria, President Barack Obama said in response to reporters’ questions today. “I believe that Congress will approve it.” “I think America realizes that, as difficult as it is to...

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A member of the  Islamist Syrian opposition group Ahrar al-Sham fires against a position of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG), a militia set up to protect Kurdish areas in Syria from opposing forces, during clashes in the countryside of the northern Syrian Raqqa province on August 25, 2013.

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A member of the Islamist Syrian opposition group Ahrar al-Sham fires against a position of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG), a militia set up to protect Kurdish areas in Syria from opposing forces, during clashes in the countryside of the northern Syrian Raqqa province on August 25, 2013.

Boehner: Obama Must Articulate Goals in Syria Before Any Bombing

House Speaker John Boehner is calling on President Barack Obama to fully articulate the broader goals and plans for contingencies in any military strike against Syria for its use of chemical weapons. He is calling for legal justifications as well....

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A Canadian flag flies over the Berens River in Berens River, Manitoba.

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A Canadian flag flies over the Berens River in Berens River, Manitoba.

Canadian Invasion Not in the Budget

Lawmakers are agreed: We should not invade Canada. Debate over a Senate Democratic proposal to tap “unspent” Afghanistan war funds to cover the cost of halting budget sequestration veered today into the theoretical. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois was on...

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House Jan. 11, 2013 in Washington.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House Jan. 11, 2013 in Washington.

Obama-Karzai: Springtime Handoff for Security, U.S. Draw-Down Follows

President Barack Obama, discussing the hand-off of security in Afghanistan to the government of Hamid Karzai and the draw-down of U.S. troops, was asked today of the “huge” cost of life involved in the war there is justified — in...

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