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More than 650 companies showcased their weapon systems at the 2012 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exhibition last month in Washington, DCMore than 650 companies showcased their weapon systems at the 2012 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) last month in Washington, D.

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The uninvited participation of a hurricane at next week's Republican convention would be superfluous. Buffeted by powerful internal winds, the party may be flooded with cash, but it's already kind of a debris-strewn mess.

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In this essay, first published in 2008, the iconic author objected to Newsweek's obituary of his onetime rival, William F Buckley, a "knightly man" who stood up to "bullies" like Gore Vidal by verbally gay-bashing him on national televisionIn this essay, first published in 2008, Gore Vidal objected to Newsweek's obituary of his onetime rival, William F Buckley .

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Citing the specter of terrorism, an appeals court overturned a decision that would have forced New York City to turn over documents detailing the surveillance of demonstrators, street performers and other ne'er-do-wells who may have threatened the 2004 Republican convention and our national security, of course.

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Get ready to hit those strip malls, party people: The 2012 Republican convention is going to Tampa, Fla. GOP leaders opted not to drop the balloons in Arizona, perhaps because of that state’s racist immigration law that essentially flips the bird at the nation’s fastest-growing bloc of voters.

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This is -- no joke -- how Sarah Palin began her speech to the tea partiers: "I am so proud to be an American. Thank you so much for being here tonight. Do you love your freedom?" She then thanked the troops for her freedom, repeated that she was proud to be an American and said, "Happy birthday, Ronald Reagan!"

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What if they threw a tea party convention and Michele Bachmann didn't come? The first official such gathering of the right-wing "grass-roots" movement kicked off in Nashville on Thursday, and while it appears that the Republican congresswoman from Minnesota did pull out, Twitter-happy keynote (teanote?) speaker Sarah Palin was still very much on the books for her big moment Saturday. (continued)

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