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A conservative super PAC that is a spawn of Karl Rove’s American Crossroads has sparked much tea party criticism for abandoning conservative principles and backing moderate candidates. associated press

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** FILE ** Former Sen. Chuck Hagel stumbled through his Senate confirmation hearing last week, but Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said “the political knives were out for” him. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks Jan. 19, 2013, during a news conference in London. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Sam Graves says that under the health care law, small businesses "will be forced to make multiple decisions" just to determine whether the employer mandate applies to them. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, demonstrate Jan. 30, 2013, in Albany, N.Y., as they sit in the audience as Dr. Nirav Shah, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, testifies before a joint budget hearing on health and Medicaid. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, demonstrate Jan. 30, 2013, in Albany, N.Y., as they sit in the audience as Dr. Nirav Shah, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, testifies before a joint budget hearing on health and Medicaid. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listens during a news conference at the Pentagon on Jan. 24, 2013, where he announced he is lifting a ban on women serving in combat. (Associated Press)

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Former Sen. Chuck Hagel stumbled through his Senate confirmation hearing last week, but Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said “the political knives were out for” him. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Former Sen. Chuck Hagel stumbled through his Senate confirmation hearing last week, but Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said “the political knives were out for” him. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** This image provided by Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., shows the packaging for the "Plan B" pill. (Associated Press)

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A Shippensburg University vending machine provides an emergency contraceptive pill for $25 along with condoms and pregnancy tests. (Associated Press)

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The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus. (Associated Press)

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The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, said he traveled on a plane owned by Dr. Melgen but denied that he engaged with prostitutes. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** An Amber Alert app is seen on the cell phone of Capt. Greg Gerrero of the California Highway Patrol in Sacramento, Calif., on Jan. 31, 2013. A new national Amber Alert system will automatically send alerts to millions of cell phones when an alert is issued in their area. The alerts are automatically active on most new phones and users will have to opt out if they do not wish to receive them. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** An Amber Alert app is seen on the cell phone of Capt. Greg Gerrero of the California Highway Patrol in Sacramento, Calif., on Jan. 31, 2013. A new national Amber Alert system will automatically send alerts to millions of cell phones when an alert is issued in their area. The alerts are automatically active on most new phones and users will have to opt out if they do not wish to receive them. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Rachel Del Guidici, 18, of Shreve, Ohio, and others demonstrate June 28, 2012, against President Obama's health care law outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta pauses on May 10, 2012, during a briefing at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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When asked if the mayor were trying to deter him from blocking a contract awarded to Huron Healthcare, D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange replied, “I think that text message [I received late Wednesday night] speaks for itself.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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When asked if the mayor were trying to deter him from blocking a contract awarded to Huron Healthcare, D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange replied, “I think that text message [I received late Wednesday night] speaks for itself.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)