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President Donald Trump addresses the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. U.S., February 24, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Trump's pledge to build up military may face hurdles

At CPAC, President Trump promised to make budget requests for "one of the greatest military build-ups in American history." But, as he seeks to slash taxes, funding a build-up without spending cuts elsewhere would add substantially to the budget deficit.

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In push to reclaim Raqqa, Trump's choices range from bad to worse

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Former Border Patrol officials question Trump plan to add agents

NEW YORK A U.S. Department of Homeland Security plan to add more than 5,000 border enforcement agents will present logistical challenges and might be unnecessary, according to former government officials familiar with earlier pushes to accelerate border hiring.

One question at U.N. Syria talks: What does Russia want?

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