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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas leaves the floor of the Senate after a testy exchange with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at the start of legislative business.

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As Ted Cruz ends protest, Senate votes 100-0 to take up budget bill

After a marathon day and night of talking, the Senate moved Wednesday toward a budget plan that would keep the government open past a Monday night deadline while maintaining funding for the new health care law. » read more

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Army Capt. William Swenson, of Seattle, Washington, calls for air support on his radio as his force was ambushed in the village of Ganjgal in Afghanistan.

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Military commanders investigated for mishandling Army’s ‘lost’ Medal of Honor nomination

A Pentagon investigation into how a Medal of Honor nomination was “lost” – possibly because of an improper effort to kill the award – is focused on its mishandling by members of the chain of command that included retired Army Gen. David Petraeus and other senior U.S. commanders. » read more

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