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Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy
In this March 1, 2016, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Bold promises, but thin agenda so far for Ryan-led House

While GOP task forces are talking about national security, jobs and health care, the House floor has largely been turned over to the obscure and the arcane.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Carter discussed encryption at a speech before the Commonwealth Club and referenced Apple's court fight with the government, warning against future policy being determined by any one case and said a law hastily written in "anger or grief" would be the wrong approach. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Defense secretary favors strong encryption, not ‘back doors’

Declaring that strong encryption is essential to the nation's security, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a tech industry audience Wednesday that he's "not a believer in back doors," or encryption programs that leave openings for outsiders to read coded files.

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John Campbell
In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. John Campbell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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Lawmakers to press commander on troop levels for Afghan war

The top American commander in Afghanistan faces skeptical lawmakers amid concerns that worsening security conditions demand a greater number of U.S. forces to ensure the gains made in the war-torn country since 2001 aren't lost.

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Migrants On Greece's Lesbos Island
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Former Navy SEAL, FBI agent: Keep Syrian refugees out of America

Syrian refugees are already living in NJ, but Former Navy SEAL and FBI special agent Jonathan Gilliam says there's good reason to not want more living here.

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Authorities investigate the scene of a accident near a gate to Fort Meade, Md., on Monday. (AP Photo/WJLA-TV)
Authorities investigate the scene of a accident near a gate to Fort Meade, Md., on Monday. (AP Photo/WJLA-TV)
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FBI identifies man killed after National Security Agency shooting Monday

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- The FBI has identified a man fatally shot at a National Security Agency gate after disobeying orders from guards there.

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Authorities investigate the scene of a accident near a gate to Fort Meade, Md., on Monday. (AP Photo/WJLA-TV)
Authorities investigate the scene of a accident near a gate to Fort Meade, Md., on Monday. (AP Photo/WJLA-TV)
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US official: Reports say 1 dead at Fort Meade gate crashing

 FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- A firefight erupted Monday when two people in a car tried to ram a National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade, killing at least one person, according to preliminary reports cited by two U.S. officials.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. arrives on Capitol Hill Tuesday to release a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. arrives on Capitol Hill Tuesday to release a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Senate report: Harsh CIA interrogation tactics didn’t work

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a damning indictment of CIA practices, Senate investigators on Tuesday accused the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on al-Qaida prisoners far beyond its legal boundaries and then deceiving the nation with narratives of useful interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records.

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On the phone, hands-free.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
On the phone, hands-free. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
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AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones

WASHINGTON (AP) -- AT&T Mobility says it's no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its smartphones.

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President Barack Obama speaks about education during a lunch meeting with teachers, Monday, July 7, 2014, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama speaks about education during a lunch meeting with teachers, Monday, July 7, 2014, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama signs bipartisan intelligence bill into law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that authorizes spending of $564 million over five years for the U.S. intelligence community and expands protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers against retaliation.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles as she arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles as she arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Germany Probes Alleged NSA Merkel Phone Tap

BERLIN (AP) -- German prosecutors have opened an investigation into the alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone by the U.S. National Security Agency, officials said Wednesday, in a move that could again complicate diplomatic relations between the two allies.

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