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    Inside the Beltway: The Bergdahl rescue — right or wrong?

    A new Pew Research Center poll asked Americans the difficult question about the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and this is what they found: "Overall, 56 percent say the U.S. has a responsibility to do all it can to return an American captive soldier, no matter what the circumstances; 29 percent say that because Bergdahl left his post, the U.S. was not obligated to do all it could to secure his release."

  • FILE - This image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows men in civilian clothing leading Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in white, towards a helicopter in eastern Afghanistan.  Bergdahl was freed on May 31, 2014, in exchange for five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Two American values, never leave a man behind and never negotiate with terrorists, collided in the Bergdahl calamity. Each ethos runs deep in the American conscience, yet has been violated through history and notably in the age of terrorism, where traditional standards of warfare, spying and negotiating are run through a hall of mirrors. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

    71 percent of Republicans say Bergdahl exchange the 'wrong thing to do'

    A new Pew Research Center asked Americans the difficult question about the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal, and this is what they found: "Reactions to the Bergdahl case are deeply divided along partisan lines. Fully 71 percent of Republicans think the prisoner exchange was the wrong thing to do, while just 16 percent say it was the right thing to do. Democrats, by more than two-to-one (55 percent to 24 percent), have a positive opinion of the agreement," the survey says.

  • Marine Staff Sgt. David Denseley (center) from Salt Lake City helps members of the Afghan National Army clean out the bore of a 60 mm mortar at a mortar range in Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps)

    What qualification do voters most want in a president? Military service tops the list

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    Hope and change? Weary voters now hope for change from Obama administration

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  • This March 26, 2014 photo shows Nida Degesys, National President of the American Medical Student Association, at her office in Sterling, Va. Degesys graduated in May 2013 from Northeast Ohio Medical University with about $180,000 in loans. The amount has already swelled with interest to about $220,000. Yet, as costly as medical school was, Degesys sees it as an investment in herself and her career, one she thinks will pay off with a higher earning potential. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    Human evolution: A third say it didn’t happen; 60 percent say it did

    Just about a third of Americans say the notion of human evolution — that people formed over a period of time from apes, or fish, or the like — is ridiculous, a survey from the Pew Research Center found.

  • President Barack Obama hugs Monica Weeks, who benefited from the Affordable Care Act by remaining on her parents health care plan while getting treatment for Crohn's disease, after she introduced him to speak about the new health care law, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The President argued that his health law is preventing insurance discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions and is allowing young people to stay on their parents' coverage until age 26. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Obama weak on foreign policy, national security: poll

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    Inside the Beltway: Americans think U.S. global prestige is fading, Pew poll shows

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    Inside the Beltway: Cruz crucible

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