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Why the Pentagon’s New Fighter Jet Will Now Cost More Than $1 Trillion

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the Pentagon’s big plan for future warplanes — it’s slated to replace nearly all of the other tactical jets in the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. But getting there is going to be slow and expensive, as a new government report details.

Sunshine State Bets On Sunset For Health Care Act

No state has worked harder to stop the federal health care overhaul than Florida. Hours after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law two years ago, Florida led 12 other states in a federal court challenge. Eventually, a total of 26 states signed on.

Cheney gets heart transplant, in intensive care

(Reuters) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney was recovering on Saturday after undergoing heart transplant surgery, a once risky procedure whose survival rates have improved over the years.

A Legal Guide To The Health Care Arguments

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments over President Obama’s health care overhaul this week, we take a look at the questions at stake each day.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales formally charged in Afghanistan massacre

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military on Friday formally charged Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with 17 counts of premeditated murder, meaning the 38-year-old soldier could face the death penalty if convicted of a March 11 rampage in southern Afghanistan.

Mexican priest abuse scandals cast shadow on pope’s visit

(Reuters) – Pope Benedict’s first full day in Mexico was clouded by fresh allegations the Vatican hid evidence of sex abuse by one of the country’s most prominent Roman Catholic leaders for decades.

Obama to China: Help rein in North Korea

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama urged China on Sunday to use its influence to rein in North Korea instead of “turning a blind eye” to its nuclear defiance, and warned of tighter sanctions if the reclusive state goes ahead with a rocket launch next month.

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