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Energy Independence For U.S.? Try Energy Security

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President Obama and Mitt Romney are both calling on the U.S. to become less dependent on foreign oil, though their plans differ. Here, workers with Bramwell Petroleum set up a derrick for a new oil well near Spivey, Kan., in March. Mike Hutmacher/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Candidates Tout Different Routes To 'Energy Security'

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Romney's Critiques Of Obama Like Reagan's Of Carter

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Software, Not Just Bullets, Puts Military At Odds

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (center) visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility in April 2008. Israel and the U.S. targeted the facility in 2009 with the Stuxnet cyberattack. AP hide caption

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Massive Cyberattack: Act 1 Of Israeli Strike On Iran?

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Encoding Geopolitics: Virus Infects Banks In Lebanon

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars after his speech at the VFW National Convention in Reno, Nev., on July 24. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Romney Goes After Obama On Alleged Leaking Of Secrets

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Iranian workers make repairs to a unit at Tehran's oil refinery in November 2007. It's estimated that a Western oil embargo is costing Iran about $4.5 billion each month in lost revenue. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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Can Sanctions Force Iran To Change Its Policies?

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi (left) and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti (right) during a summit of European leaders in Brussels. They reached an agreement on a growth plan for the continent, and world markets surged. Bertrand Langlois /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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European Leaders Cling To Ideal Of Integration

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James Clapper, director of national intelligence, leaves a closed-door joint meeting with the Senate and House Intelligence committees on June 7. Clapper ordered an inquiry into security leaks to be concluded next week. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Does Leaking Secrets Damage National Security?

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'Flame' Virus Fuels Political Heat Over Cyber Threats

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'Flame' Malware Designed For Spying, Not 'Cyber War'

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The CIA took considerable heat over Iraq, where weapons of mass destruction weren't found. Now, as the agency assesses Iran, it invites an NPR correspondent to its headquarters for a rare chat about the issue. Andrew Harrer/Bllomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A Peek Inside The CIA, As It Tries To Assess Iran

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If sanctions continue, Iran's tankers could fill up with surplus oil and leave the country with no place to store its continued production. Kamran Jebreili/AP hide caption

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Iran In Tough Spot As Sanctions Take Economic Toll

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Cybersecurity Firms Ditch Defense, Learn To 'Hunt'

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