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  • Rep. Eliot L. Engel, New York Democrat

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  • ** FILE ** U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during his lecture to students at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, Pool)

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  • **FILE** Rebels from al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra wave their brigade flag on Jan. 11, 2013, as they step on the top of a Syrian air force helicopter at a Taftanaz air base in Idlib province in northern Syria that was captured by the rebels. (Associated Press/Edlib News Network)

    House Republicans to hold hearing on White House's Syria policy

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  • The Washington Times

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  • "We want to fight, talk and build all at the same time,"Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday about terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. (T.J. KIRKPATRICK / THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

    Clinton defends U.S. efforts to talk with terrorists

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  • Panel presses for explanation of military mission in Africa

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  • "We must stop looking at the drug cartels today solely from a law-enforcement perspective," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican. (Associated Press)

    Lawmakers suggest treating drug cartels as terrorist organizations

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  • Embassy Row

    The State Department this week rejected demands for the recall of Ambassador Robert Ford from Syria, coming from top members of Congress who claimed his presence in Damascus is being used for "propaganda" by the Syrian regime to deflect attention from its brutal crackdown on dissent.

  • Gen. David H. Petraeus (center) arrives on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify before the House Armed Service Committee. (Associated Press)

    Aid targeted for nations that 'don't like us'

    Seeking to shut off federal aid going to foreign countries that "don't like us," a Texas Republican congressman said Wednesday that lawmakers should vote separately on funding for every foreign nation receiving taxpayer money.

  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sees U.S. contributions as "our strongest leverage." (Associated Press)

    Lawmaker wants to set terms on U.N.

    Arguing that the United States can no longer blindly turn over billions of dollars to the United Nations, members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said the new Congress should withhold contributions to the global body until it adopts serious reforms.

  • **FILE** Chinese President Hu Jintao

    Lawmakers rip reception for China's visiting president

    As Chinese President Hu Jintao lunched Wednesday at the State Department on a sugar plum-themed menu, members of Congress expressed concerns that the leader of an unfree country would be feted so lavishly.

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