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For the first seven years of the war in Afghanistan, almost all U.S. and NATO supplies were trucked overland to Afghanistan through parts of Pakistan effectively controlled by the Taliban. Here, smoke and flame rise from a burning NATO supplies oil tanker after armed militants torched the tankers in Mithri, Pakistan, in February. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The supercommittee held its first public meeting on Tuesday. Some lawmakers want the panel's members to be more transparent about the campaign contributions they receive. From left: Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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