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Kerry: Syrian leader using chlorine weapons

Top U.S. military leadership has approved a plan to strike ISIS targets inside Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a House panel Thursday.

Hagel said President Barack Obama was briefed on those plans, approved by Hagel and the chairman of t...

Petro Poroshenko addresses Congress

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Ukraine looking beyond photo-op in Washington

American leaders offered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko a high-profile platform Thursday to advocate for greater support to his besieged military, though whether that support would ever materialize remained in doubt.

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Hillary Clinton's madcap media mob

If Hillary Clinton decides not to run for president -- and yes, that is still possible -- her return to the media lion's den might be a factor in her thinking..

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Biden: Use of term 'Shylocks' was bad choice

Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday his use of the term "Shylock," which some consider anti-Semitic, was "a poor choice of words."

Absentee Ballot Deadline Looms

Possible ballot reprint could cost Missouri counties thousands

A Mid-Missouri election official said millions of dollars might need to be spend statewide to reprint November ballots.

Rob Ford

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Rob Ford has cancer, to begin chemotherapy

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford soon will begin chemotherapy to treat a rare and aggressive cancer, a doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in the city said Wednesday.

Dr. Zane Cohen said Ford has a malignant liposarcoma, and a second biopsy on his tumor done Monday ...

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Obama: US must back partners against ISIS

The U.S. is not returning combat troops to Iraq, President Barack Obama insisted again Wednesday, despite the suggestion by his top general that option is something the Pentagon could consider.

House Benghazi Select Committee hearing

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Latest Benghazi committee starts work

Two years after the terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, many Republicans still have unanswered questions about security issues related to the incident. But the first hearing of a new special congressional committee investigating the attack got underway Wednesday without the fireworks that have marked the many previous congressional inquiries.

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Hurdle removed for passing ISIS vote

For conservatives conflicted over how to vote on a major measure Wednesday that would fund the federal government and authorize the president to arm Syrian rebels, their decision might have gotten a bit easier.

Scotland independence vote

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Why is the U.S. nervous about Scottish vote?

Faced with the prospective divorce of its closest friend, the United States is following the advice column carefully: don't take sides, keep your opinions to yourself, and avoid getting dragged into the fray.

The complicating factor in this potential...

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