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1,100 Green Berets sign petition against gun control

Retired Army Special Forces Master Sgt. Jeff Hinton was looking for 100 current or retired Green Berets to sign a petition defending Second Amendment rights. What he received was 1,100 special forces operators, all of whom are against bans on the kind of military-style rifles targeted in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December. Published January 31, 2013

**FILE** Republican Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for defense secretary, testifies Jan. 31, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

Hagel backtracks on 'Jewish lobby' comments during hearing

Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel was challenged during his confirmation hearing on Thursday by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham to name "one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the Israeli lobby in the United States." Published January 31, 2013

**FILE** Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks on Feb. 14, 2012, at HHS headquarters in Washington. (Associated Press)

Lost in Spanish translation: 'Obamacare' 'exchanges' now 'marketplaces'

The Obama administration recently announced that the mandatory health care exchanges by states as part of the the Affordable Care Act will officially be referred to as "online marketplaces." What wasn't clarified at the time was the reasoning behind the rhetorical shift. Now, voters know: Cultural sensitivity. Published January 31, 2013

**FILE** Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (Associated Press)

Afghan troops' illiteracy hinders U.S. withdrawal plans

President Obama has asserted that most of the 66,000 U.S. forces currently in Afghanistan will leave by the end of 2014, but there's one thing that is slowing the process up: illiteracy. Published January 31, 2013

Super Bowl tickets were in big demand by both resellers and fans before the game Sunday in Indianapolis. (Associated Press)

House Dems offer big tickets for campaign cash

The Super Bowl. Lady Gaga. March Madness. Tickets to any one of these events are extremely costly, but for the right price, House Democrats are willing to put them into a donor's hands. Published January 30, 2013

President Obama signs the health care bill in the White House on March 23, 2010. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Pro-Obama group trains journalists in health care talking points

Freedom Works, the nonprofit dedicated to lower taxes and limited government, reports that a recent symposium held by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers turned into boot camp at which reporters from mainstream organizations were trained on how to best articulate pro-'Obamacare' talking points. Published January 30, 2013

**FILE** NFL officials confer Dec. 4, 2011, in the fourth quarter of a game between the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans in Houston. (Associated Press)

NFL changes may bring affirmative action Super Bowl

Is affirmative action coming to the Super Bowl? That's the question being raised by the New York Times, Yahoo News and now Deadspin after NFL referee Jerome Boger was selected for the big game, despite in-season grades that would have automatically disqualified him from being in the running. Published January 29, 2013

**FILE** Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II (The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli helps truck driver escape burning rig

New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker isn't the only one who can save citizens from burning infernos. It turns out Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is pretty good at it too. Published January 26, 2013

President Obama walks out of the Oval Office of the White House on Monday to make a statement on the economy in the Rose Garden. (Associated Press)

Presidents may get pink slips for spending deficits: Bill

Just days after the House-based "no budget, no pay" bill passed, Rep. Mo Brooks, Alabama Republican, has proposed a bill that would make the failure of future presidents to enforce a balanced budget an impeachable offense. Published January 26, 2013

** FILE ** This is a Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, file photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he leaves Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Assange blasts DreamWorks' biopic as 'propaganda'

Julian Assange, the founder WikiLeaks who has been trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for seven months trying to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, now has another thing to be upset over: his biopic. Published January 25, 2013

** FILE ** In this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo, Sarah Palin, the GOP candidate for vice-president in 2008 and former Alaska governor, speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Fox News opts not to renew Palin's contract

Sarah Palin's 3.4 million Facebook followers will no longer be able to see the former Alaskan governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee on Fox News. The network has confirmed that her contract was not renewed on Friday. Published January 25, 2013

** FILE ** Joints Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. (Associated Press)

Gen. Dempsey hints: Bar likely lowered for female combat units

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made comments at a Pentagon press conference on Thursday that will undoubtedly be used by critics of the decision to open up combat roles to women. Published January 25, 2013

**FILE** This undated photo shows Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage. (Associated Press/Bell County Sheriff's Department via The Temple Daily Telegram)

Accused Fort Hood shooter aims to escape death penalty

Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army officer who is facing 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, now wants to avoid the death penalty, according to The Associated Press. Published January 25, 2013

**FILE** The Department of Health and Human Services building is seen in Washington on April 5, 2009. (Associated Press)

Medicare improperly paid $120M to illegal immigrants, inmates

A new report by Health and Human Services, which concludes that illegal immigrants and prison inmates have received more than $120 million in Medicare services from 2009-2011, even though they are ineligible for the program. Published January 25, 2013