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PROMISES, PROMISES: Romney Pledges Raise Questions

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is making campaign promises that could produce an economic miracle -- or a more predictable list of broken vows. Romney says he wants to put the nation on a path to a balanced budget while also cutting an array of taxes, building up the Navy and Air Force and adding 100,000 active-duty military personnel. He says he would slash domestic spending and reduce tax loopholes but has offered few details.

The Backstory: America Post-9/11

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America post-9/11 has seen an unprecedented claim of presidential power. Military and intelligence elements have taken greater steps to strike potential national security threats. But are counterterrorism excesses eroding our civil liberties? Award-winning national security correspondent James Kitfield of National Journal analyzes one year after Osama Bin Laden’s death.

Government Scandals Consume Washington

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Bloomberg's Megan Hughes, Julianna Goldman and Peter Cook report on the continuing investigations into GSA spending on lavish trips and gifts and Secret Service and military members entertaining prostitutes during President Obama's trip to Colombia.
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Panetta Apologizes for Photos

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Secretary of Defense sorry for photos of U.S.

North Korean Missile Launch Raises New Questions About Path Forward

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The roots of the growing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea’s controversial missile launch Thursday trace back to a set of closed-door talks in February—and the sharply differing conclusions each side drew from the negotiations.
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North Korea Missile Launch Failure: New Threats?

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Martha Raddatz on this embarrassing failure for the North Korean government.

Details Emerge on Coming U.S. Offensive in Eastern Afghanistan

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A campaign that will likely be the last major U.S. offensive of the Afghan War is set to begin later this year in eastern Afghanistan, the region where the conflict began and where senior NATO officials hope their involvement will effectively come to an end. U.S. officials in Kabul and Washington have provided National Journal an array of details about the coming push, which represents a high-stakes -- and politically complicated -- attempt to better secure Kabul as well as Afghanistan’s porous border with Pakistan before the American exit from the country accelerates.

Military Accident Caught on Tape

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Martha Raddatz on the video of an apache helicopter crashing in Afghanistan.

The Backstory: Martha Raddatz on General John Allen

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U.S. Commander in Afghanistan General John Allen will testify before Congress this week about the progress of the war. ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz traveled with Allen in Afghanistan recently. What did she hear from the General? How are Afghans responding to the recent controversies involving American soldiers? Find out in our new feature: The Backstory.

War And Semantics

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In the last week alone, Americans have been told definitively that “Afghanistan is ready right now to take all security responsibilities completely” (Afghan President Hamid Karzai); that Afghans will take “full responsibility for security in 2014” (President Barack Obama); that the U.S. and its allies will shift to a support role next year and “won’t be in a combat role after 2014” (British Prime Minister David Cameron); and that U.S. officials are negotiating a “strategic partnership” agreement to allow U.S.