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Congress Passes Broad US Military Authorization Act

Ignoring a veto threat from the White House, the Republican-led Congress has authorized U.S. military programs and activities for the coming year, while temporarily sparing the Pentagon from the effects of automatic spending cuts.   By a vote of 70 to 27 the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act Wednesday, days after the House of Representatives approved the measure that lays out how much the Defense Department can spend and to what ends.   Senate Republican...

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