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A South Korean sailor uses a binoculars as South Korean warship sails during their three-day military drills in South Korea's East Sea on Feb. 6, 2013. (Associated Press/Korea Pool via Yonhap)

S. Korea ready to launch preemptive strike against N. Korea

South Korean officials are considering a preemptive strike against North Korea amid fears that the North will soon conduct a nuclear weapons test in response to a new round of sanctions by the United Nations. Published February 8, 2013

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Pentagon's role in responding to the attack last year on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dempsey 'surprised' at Clinton's Benghazi testimony

Facing tough questioning from Sen. Lindsey Graham, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, seemed confused to hear details of then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent testimony on Benghazi. Published February 7, 2013

**FILE** Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive Feb. 26, 2012, before the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood. (Associated Press)

Gun-toting Hollywood movie stars

Hollywood might be a liberal town, but there are plenty of celebrities who own guns — and they're not afraid to use them. Published February 1, 2013

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