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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 E. Panetta speaks Jan. 19, 2013, during a news conference in London. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this 2009 file photo, renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore says his frustration with insurance companies' draconian billing systems nearly made him leave the medical profession. (Peter Lockley/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, on Tuesday will deliver the tea party’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. “There’s a lot of energy that still comes from the tea party,” he said. (CBS via Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this 2009 file photo, renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore says his frustration with insurance companies' draconian billing systems nearly made him leave the medical profession. (Peter Lockley/The Washington Times)

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Dr. Tamzin Rosenwasser ended her dermatology practice after reading the health care reform bill. “I was conversant with what had already happened with Medicaid, and I didn’t want to go down that road with Obamacare,” she said. (Steve Nesius/Special to The Washington Times)

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Dr. Tamzin Rosenwasser ended her dermatology practice after reading the health care reform bill. “I was conversant with what had already happened with Medicaid, and I didn’t want to go down that road with Obamacare,” she said. (Steve Nesius/Special to The Washington Times)

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Gary E. Johnson, the 2012 Libertarian candidate for president. (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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** FILE ** Sen. Mark Udall (left), Colorado Democrat, talks with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta before Mr. Panetta testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on the Defense Department's response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon on Jan. 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** A caregiver picks out a marijuana bud for a patient at a marijuana dispensary in Denver on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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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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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta delivers his speech to Georgetown University students and faculty on leadership and public service in Washington on Feb. 6, 2013. (Associated Press)

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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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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)