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    Uproar over Obama's no Syria strategy comment

    When is a strategy not a strategy? When it's a political football. President Barack Obama has ignited fresh conservative criticism by saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria.

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Convicted Cold War spy John Walker dies

Cold War spy John Walker

John Walker Jr., a former U.S. Navy officer convicted of spying decades ago for the Soviet Union, has died in federal prison, according to the U.S. government.

Walker, 77, died Thursday at a federal correctional facility in Butner, North Carolina, the...

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Judge dismisses Chris McDaniel challenge

Chris McDaniel

A Mississippi judge has tossed out state Sen. Chris McDaniel's challenge to that state's June 24 GOP primary runoff results.

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Former Presidents Clinton, Bush to launch new initiative

George W Bush, Bill Clinton

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are going to join forces for a new initiative aimed at helping to give leaders better skills to solve problems.

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Chelsea Clinton is leaving NBC

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton, who joined NBC as a special correspondent in 2011, is stepping down from the news network.

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Report: ISIS waterboarded captives

James Foley with camera

At least four ISIS hostages in Syria were waterboarded during their captivity, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the treatment of the abducted Westerners.

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McConnell: Shutdowns are a 'failed policy'

Mitch McConnell

In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.

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Questions raised about Mary Landrieu's residency

Sen Mary Landrieu

Republicans seized on a news report Tuesday that raised questions about whether one of the Democrats' most vulnerable senators up for re-election actually resides in the state she represents.

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Mitt Romney's 'Dumb and Dumber' scenario

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney says he's not running for president again. Mind's made up. No chance of changing it. Well, except for his "Dumb and Dumber" scenario.

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151 years later, Medal of Honor for hero

Medal of Honor for hero at Gettysburg

More than 151 years after his heroic service at Gettysburg during the Civil War, 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously, the White House announced Tuesday.

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First-week sales of Paul Ryan's book slow

Paul Ryan at RNC 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan's first solo book sold 6,266 copies in its first week of publication, according to Nielsen Bookscan data provided to CNN by a publisher.

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