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Asked about the looming budget cuts at the Defense Department, Adm. Mike Mullen, outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Baghdad on Tuesday that everything was on the table. Maya Alleruzzo/AP hide caption

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Pentagon Could See Deep Cuts In Debt Deal

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In a photo provided to AFP by a third party, Syrians demonstrate after Friday prayers in the central city of Hama on July 22. Syrian security forces killed at least eight civilians as more than 1.2 million protesters swarmed cities to protest against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, activists said. -/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian Uprising Expands Despite Absence Of Leaders

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The National Debt Clock, a billboard-size digital display showing the increasing U.S. debt, is seen in New York City on Monday. Congress passed a bill Tuesday that would raise the nation's debt limit. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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Deal Averts Default, But Doesn't Fix Debt Problems

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A fence secures the perimeter of a half-completed 236-foot FAA control tower at Oakland International Airport. Construction has been halted because of the FAA shutdown. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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FAA Operations Up In The Air Amid Shutdown

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The P-3B NASA research aircraft, seen on the tarmac at Baltimore Washington International Airport on June 28, will gather data as it flies spirals over six ground stations in Maryland. Paul E. Alers/NASA hide caption

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NASA's Eyes In The Sky Study Pollution On Earth

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Jim Dickson, the CEO of Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee, Ariz. Jenny Gold for NPR hide caption

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Rural Arizona Hospital Prepares For Future Cuts

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NCAA President Mark Emmert address the media during a press conference before the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Verizon Center on March 17 in Washington, D.C. Nick Laham/Getty Images hide caption

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NCAA: Still Stalled By 'Amateur Hour' Thinking

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