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At a Senate hearing Tuesday, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey asked Congress to end sequestration and boost defense spending by $38 billion next year. (Associated Press)

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Gen. Lloyd Austin, who oversees military operations in the Middle East, told Congress on Tuesday that he is worried about how the removal of pertinent State Department and military staff from Yemen has further inflamed concerns about the future of counterterrorism operations in the region. (Associated Press)

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the U.S. would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. talks with her colleagues in the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the U.S. would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Niger Innis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality. (Associated Press)

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The IRS belatedly told Congress it may have lost some of Lois Lerner's emails after her computer crashed, and asserted that the backup tapes didn't exist. (Associated Press)

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was aware of the partisan spat in the U.S. over his speech — the invitation to speak March 3 was issued by the Republicans in charge of Congress without consulting with the White House — and said he did not wish to compound that furor by speaking to one party behind closed doors. (Associated Press)

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Asked how she would break with Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch said she would approach Congress with a different style — but didn't offer any of his legal stances where she took issue with him. (Associated Press)

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Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said the IRS was logistically incapable of performing the email search requested by Congress because it would have required combing through 90,000 email accounts. (Associated Press)

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"Congress has already given the president the authority to order these military actions," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. (Associated Press)

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President Obama is pushing Congress to grant him fast-track trade authority, which would allow him to independently negotiate trade deals and then bring them to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendments or filibuster. (Associated Press)

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While saying she would likely attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appearance before Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, maintains her hope that the March event will be called off. (Associated Press)

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Splitting Congress' Support for the Israeli State Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Pope Francis is presented with a jersey by FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu in the Synod hall on the occasion of the closing ceremony of the IV Scholas Occurrentes World Educational Congress, at the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis gives his speech in the Synod hall on the occasion of the closing ceremony of the IV Scholas Occurrentes World Educational Congress, at the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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President Obama privately informed members of Congress that Libya "is all Secretary Clinton's matter," according to one of the recordings. Generals were concerned he was being misinformed.

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A new analysis from the Competitive Enterprise Institute tracks the toll of federal regulations, and offers a new agenda for Congress (Image from CEI)

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US President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 20, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN

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US President Barack Obama signs autographs after delivering the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 20, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN

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US President Barack Obama signs autographs after delivering the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 20, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MANDEL NGAN