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Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is taking to task those veterans who are abusing the government benefits system. He said veterans' benefit programs need to be streamlined to avoid duplicate payments. (Associated Press)

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National Edition News cover for October 30, 2014 - Budget cuts, air support blamed in deadliest accident of Afghanistan War: An Army carry team, carries the transfer case containing the remains of Army Pvt. Aaron S. Toppen of Mokena, Ill. upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Thursday, June 12, 2014. The Department of Defense announced the death of Toppen who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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Senate Armed Services Committee members Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, have criticized the Air Force's decision to retire the A-10 Warthogs in favor of keeping the B-1B aircraft in play as the A-10s are the only aircraft specifically devoted to close air support. Mr. McCain, himself a former Air Force pilot, was incensed upon first learning of the A-10's retirement.

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The remains of Army Spc. Justin R. Helton of Beaver, Ohio, one of five Americans killed in the incident, are carried upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. (associated press)

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Democrat Anthony Brown, who is running against Republican Larry Hogan, has been lieutenant governor of the state under Gov. Martin O'Malley since 2007. Mr. Hogan has criticized that Mr. Brown will continue what he views as Mr. O'Malley's failed policies. (Associated Press)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made his third trip to Maryland to support fellow Republican Larry Hogan (left), who is hoping to become only the second GOP governor to lead Maryland since 1969. Mr. Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, will make his fourth trip to Maryland on Sunday. (Associated Press)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest was among those who joined in the diplomatic uproar over an anonymous "chicken[***] remark about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Jim Moran received $1,500 through a FedBid PAC, but his office said political donations played no role in his request to reinstate a Veterans Affairs policy. (Associated Press)

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Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a Get Out the Vote rally in the Oxnard College gym in Oxnard, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Clinton came to the aid of California's vulnerable congressional Democrats stumping for two House members facing tough re-election contests. (AP Photo/Ventura County Star, Rob Varela)

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Illustration on reality and memory in Germany on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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FILE- In this Oct. 23, 2014 image taken from surveillance video provided by the New York City Police Department, Zale Thompson approaches New York City police officers with a hatchet, in the Queens borough of New York. Although NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton called it an act of terrorism, characterizing as such has raised questions about what qualifies as terrorism in an era more than 13 years removed from the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/New York Police Department, File)

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Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the sixth annual "Washington Ideas Forum" in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias speaks to the Washington Times for a newsmaker interview, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias speaks to the Washington Times for a newsmaker interview, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias speaks to the Washington Times for a newsmaker interview, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias speaks to the Washington Times for a newsmaker interview, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias speaks to the Washington Times for a newsmaker interview, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias speaks to the Washington Times for a newsmaker interview, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias speaks to the Washington Times for a newsmaker interview, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Smoke rises over the town of Kobani seen from the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)