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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

Rep. Darrell E. Issa (AP photo)

Issa irked by John Kerry's debt comments

During his confirmation hearing to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State, John Kerry stressed that America needed to get its fiscal house in order for him to be able to do his job. Darrell Issa had some harsh words in response. Published January 25, 2013

**FILE** Capt. Sara Rodriguez, 26, of the 101st Airborne Division, carries a litter of sandbags during the Expert Field Medical Badge training at Fort Campbell, Ky., on May 9, 2012. (Associated Press)

ERNST: A view from the infantry

While most commentary has focused on the physical rigors demanded of men in combat roles, little has been mentioned about the sexual element that first sergeants and company commanders will now be forced to deal with. Anything that takes the focus of a fighting force away from the mission at hand is a liability. Published January 24, 2013

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh watches the action of the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Harbaugh parents pranked — by son John

Most parents would cringe if they were accused of loving one child more than the other. The parents of Super Bowl XLVII contenders Jim and John Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens were asked to answer the charge for a national audience. Published January 24, 2013