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**FILE** Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted from a security vehicle to a courthouse at Fort Meade, Md., on Dec. 19, 2011. (Associated Press)

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In a Dec. 18, 2012, photo provided by Johns Hopkins Medical, a surgical team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore works on a double-arm transplant for U.S. Army infantryman Brendan Marroco, 26, who lost all four limbs in Iraq. The transplants are only the seventh double-hand or double-arm transplant ever conducted in the United States. The infantryman was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009. (AP Photo/Johns Hopkins Medical)

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** FILE ** Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, is pictured in 2009. (The Washington Times)

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A tea party supporter holds a Don't Tread on Me flag during a rally on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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The Georgia-based Tea Party Patriots represents some 3,200 local tea party groups. (Tea Party Patriots)

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the washington times The District’s Consolidated Forensic Laboratory is a 351,000-square-foot building in Southwest that consolidates the public safety forensic science and public health efforts into a single facility.

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Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers, speaks with Washington Times reporters, Tuesday, February, 26 2013. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop discusses the proposed increase of the New Hampshire cigarette tax at the governor's office in the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., on May 12, 1997. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop discusses the proposed increase of the New Hampshire cigarette tax at the governor's office in the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., on May 12, 1997. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Various size cups and sugar cubes are displayed May 31, 2012, at a news conference at New York's City Hall. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in the city's restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity, an expansion of his administration's efforts to encourage healthy behavior by limiting residents' choices. (Associated Press)

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President Obama and his administration are pressuring Republicans to cancel the sequester cuts and replace them with tax increases and different spending cuts. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is seen here in 2009. (The Washington Times)

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai calls for U.S. special operations forces to stop activity in Wardak province after reports of “harassing, annoying … even murdering innocent people.” (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, sees a fight against an “establishment that thinks it can decide what is best for us.” (Associated Press)

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Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against regional government-imposed austerity plans to restructure and part-privatize the health care sector in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 17.

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Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against regional government-imposed austerity plans to restructure and part-privatize the health care sector in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 17.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Lancaster, Pa., on Sept. 4. He strongly denied that he had any intention of taking away anyone's shotguns, rifles or handguns. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sanitation workers in a protective suits clean a street in the heart of the Skid Row district in downtown Los Angeles on June 20, 2012. The three-week cleanup that started this week will get rid of rats' nests, hypodermic needles, condoms, human excrement and other hazards. Weekly inspections will follow. A federal court injunction last year placed limits on the removal of unattended items, but doesn't prevent removal of items that pose health risks. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sanitation workers in a protective suits clean a street in the heart of the Skid Row district in downtown Los Angeles on June 20, 2012. The three-week cleanup that started this week will get rid of rats' nests, hypodermic needles, condoms, human excrement and other hazards. Weekly inspections will follow. A federal court injunction last year placed limits on the removal of unattended items, but doesn't prevent removal of items that pose health risks. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks during his last news conference as defense secretary at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)