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President Obama has been trying to reach an agreement about immigration reform with Congress, but activists he addresses are pressuring him to simply use executive authority to halt all deportations. (associated press)

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Bigger body count: Casualties on the battlefield spiked after commanders in Afghanistan had to ensure that Taliban fighters were carrying weapons and that no civilians would be harmed before they could authorize direct fire against the enemy. (Associated Press)

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J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, said that he is "troubled by these delays and escalating costs" at the IRS. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa, a California Republican whose car-alarm business has had to defend itself in patent lawsuits, said the bill passed Tuesday "puts a little bit of teeth finally back into what trolls use as a tool." (Associated Press)

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Ron Dermer, Israel's new ambassador to U.S., has presented his credentials to President Obama. Mr. Dermer started developing close ties with Republicans when he worked with party strategist Frank Luntz in the 1994 congressional campaigns. (Twitter/@AmbDermer)

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President Obama has been trying to reach an agreement about immigration reform with Congress, but activists he addresses are pressuring him to simply use executive authority to halt all deportations. (Associated Press)

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Bigger body count: Casualties on the battlefield spiked after commanders in Afghanistan had to ensure that Taliban fighters were carrying weapons and that no civilians would be harmed before they could authorize direct fire against the enemy. (Associated Press)

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During a medevac mission by the U.S. Army's Task Force Pegasus, Marines carry a wounded comrade to a waiting helicopter. In 2011, as U.S. troops peaked at 100,000, 419 Americans were killed. In 2012, as the troop count began to decrease, the death toll fell to 319, three times what it was in 2006-2007. (Associated Press photographs)

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Troops say the bureaucracy has cost lives: Each Taliban fighter allowed to escape is one more terrorist free to attack Americans by fighting battles or planting bombs.