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A WIN for the Warthog

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The House Armed Services Committee has completed action on the fiscal 2015 defense budget, and what it has produced is a triumph for the status quo. Contrary to President Obama’s requests, the committee voted to preserve the A-10 Warthog close-air support plane, as well as a nuclear aircraft carrier the Pentagon thought it could do without. It also approved a 1.8 percent pay increase for most military personnel, instead of 1 percent as the administration proposed.

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