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New York Times: “In Step on ‘Light Footprint,’ Nominees Reflect a Shift”
Washington Post: “Some in Administration Push for Only a Few Thousand U.S. Troops in Afghanistan After 2014″
Wall Street Journal: “Challenges Grow for Nominees”
Associated Press: Influence Game: NRA Lobbying Targets Courthouses”
Los Angeles Times: “Groups Mobilize to Fight Gun Violence”
Politico: “Hagel Pick: Final Snub of George W. Bush”
The Hill: “McConnell to Take Entitlement Talks Lead, Boehner in Back Seat”