David Welna David Welna is NPR's national security correspondent.
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Some Democrats At Odds Over Obama's Claim To Airstrike Authority

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President Obama signs H.J. Res 124, which includes appropriations to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels. For now, the effort will be paid for from an account meant to wind down the war in Afghanistan. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Why Did Congress Kick The Can On Funding Islamic State Mission?

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McCaskill Criticizes Programs That Supply Military Equipment To Police

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Police fire tear gas from an armored personnel carrier on Aug. 18 in Ferguson, Mo. The U.S. Senate is holding a hearing on the use of military-grade equipment by local police departments. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Following Ferguson, Senate Weighs Use Of Military-Grade Equipment

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Page County, Va., Sheriff John Thomas received an MRAP for his department in May. "Is it overkill? Yeah, it is. I mean, for our use, it's more armor than we need. But it's free," he says. David Welna/NPR hide caption

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Should Local Police Get The Military's Extra Armored Trucks?

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Drawing On Pentagon Surplus, Police Now Wield Weapons Of War

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Members of the House of Representatives leave after a procedural vote on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, as Republicans reshaped legislation to deal with the border crisis, a day after Congress was supposed to go into its August recess. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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As Congress Breaks, Inaction Remains Most Notable Action

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Inquiry Shows CIA Spied On Senate Panel That Was Investigating The Agency

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CIA Director Apologizes For Meddling In Senate Computers

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With Congress Set To Adjourn, Border Crisis Remains Unresolved

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Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection

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A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

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Immigrants run to jump on a train in Ixtepec, Mexico, during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border. President Obama wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been crossing the border. Eduardo Verdugo/AP hide caption

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Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

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Zzarr, a Dutch shepherd, with K-9 handler U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan Arriaga (partly hidden), in 2011. Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans

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