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              President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

              Obama taunts GOP, takes nationally televised victory lap on Obamacare

              By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

              President Obama openly rebuked Republicans for their continued assault on his health care law in a televised victory lap Thursday, pointing to new data that show 8 million Americans have selected a private health plan through online exchanges and that millions more will be covered by Medicaid or their parents’ insurance because of his overhaul.

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              U.S. Air Force Capt. Brandon Lavalley and Maj. Derrick Vincent, both assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, fly toward the Nevada Test and Training Range on day three of Red Flag 12-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Coalition partners from South Korea and Saudi Arabia also participated in the joint training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ben Bloker)

              Pentagon extends deployment of fighter jets to Poland amid Ukraine crisis

              By Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

              A squadron of fighter jets that shipped out to Poland in March at the height of Russia’s aggressive efforts to separate the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine will remain in the country until the end of the year.

              Rancher Cliven Bundy (center) addresses his supporters as Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie (right) looks on Saturday. Ryan Yates, director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau, decried what he says some have called "a culture of intimidation" represented in the standoff over grazing rights between the rancher and the federal Bureau of Land Management. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

              Insult to injury: Retreating feds accused of trashing Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch

              By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

              The federal government may have ordered Bureau of Land Management agents to stand down and ride away from the surveillance spots they took up outside a Nevada rancher’s cattle property — but they didn’t exactly go quietly.

              An US F16 fighter jet takes off from a Romanian air base in Campia Turzii, Romania, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Some 450 U.S. and Romanian troops are taking part in the Dacian Viper 2014 joint military exercise in Transylvania, northwestern Romania flying U.S. F-16 fighter jets of the U.S. 31st Fighter Wing alongside Romanian Mig-21 Lancers.The weeklong exercise, the fourth of its kind, was planned before Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea, according to officials.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

              Flying blind: Russia blocks U.S. from treaty-approved spy flights

              By Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

              The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials.

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