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From left: Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, and Secretary of State John Kerry wait on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 3, 2013, prior to the start of the committee's hearing on President Obama's request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria. (Associated Press)

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