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  • U.S. AIDS program working in Uganda

    Once every month, John Robert Engole checks into a clinic on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital to collect his medication before quickly returning to a northern village where he is a teacher.

  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies July 25, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington before the joint House Armed Services-Veterans Affairs "Back from the Battlefield" hearing. (Associated Press)

    Pentagon announces honors roll to recognize heroes

    The Pentagon has posted a honors roll on it website to list decorated veterans and active-duty troops, after the Supreme Court struck ruled that Americans have a constitutional right to lie about earning military medals.

  • President Obama addresses the National Urban League convention at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on July 25, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Congress pressures Obama to lay out spending cuts

    Senators on Wednesday passed and sent to President Obama a bill that would force him to lay out exactly which federal programs he would cut if the automatic trims put in place by last year’s debt deal go into effect in January.

  • After introducing his "One City Action Plan" on Wednesday, Mayor Vincent C. Gray got testy with reporters at the Wilson Building. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    In Gray’s defense, he’s getting good at defending himself

    For the third time in as many days, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray stood at a podium on Wednesday to highlight the District's progress during his tenure — a defiant stand less than a week after his attorney rebuked the media's "rush to judgment" over a shadow-campaign scandal that has besmirched Mr. Gray's first 18 months in office.

  • House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, talks July 24, 2012, to reporters following a closed-door political strategy session at the Capitol in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Senate ready for symbolic showdown on tax cuts

    Senate leaders moved toward a showdown Wednesday with votes on rival Democratic and Republican plans for extending broad tax cuts that will otherwise expire in January.

  • Md. Democrats sue to get redistricting question off ballot

    The Maryland Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against the Maryland State Board of Elections claiming thousands of electronically filed signatures in the petition drive against the state's congressional redistricting map were improperly validated, so the question on redistricting should not appear on November's ballot.

  • World Briefs: Britain asks court to block airport strike

    Britain's Home Office is seeking an injunction to halt a strike on the eve of the Summer Olympics by immigration staff at U.K. airports.

  • **FILE** South African President Jacob Zuma (left) and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi converse before a summit session.

    Muslim protests raise fears of radical Islam

    Clashes between Islamic protesters and riot police over the weekend in Ethiopia have raised fears that Muslims are becoming increasingly radical in a predominantly Christian country that has been a key U.S. ally in combating terrorism in the Horn of Africa.

  • Dianne Feinstein

    Feinstein hedges on White House leak charge

    Shortly after GOP challenger Mitt Romney cited her as a source for his charge of politically motivated defense leaks from the Obama White House, a top Democratic senator tried to walk back her comments Tuesday.

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