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House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio walks to a strategy session for Republican House members Friday. Lack of a clear leader with a unifying vision for the party going forward has spurred dissension in the ranks in the wake of the November elections, in which the party retained control of the House, though with a smaller majority. “It’s disappointing to see infighting in the party,” said a GOP operative who was an aide to the party’s 2012 presidential nominee. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Troops end mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

The handover of the U.S. Marines’ main base to Afghan control in the hardscrabble Helmand province is more than a signal that America’s longest war is ending. It is a reminder of the enormous loss and sacrifice by Marines who swept in as part of President Barack Obama’s surge of forces against a resurgent Taliban in 2009.

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Special Forces honor JFK

Green Berets representing all of the Special Forces Groups participate in a commemorative Wreath Laying Ceremony at the President John F. Kennedy’s grave site at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. The event was is in tribute to JFK’s vision of building a dedicated counter insurgency force that helped build the Green Berets into an elite force.

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U.S. Navy's 239th birthday ceremony

Vice Adm. Scott Swift, Director, Navy Staff, and Commandant Naval District Washington Rear Admiral Mark A. Rich, participate in a wreath laying ceremony to celebrate the Navy’s 239th birthday at the United States Navy Memorial, Washington, D.C.,

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Blood Moon the sequel

Stunning photos of the lunar eclipse seen from the America’s and East Asia.