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Cravaack, White House bicker over arming pilots

U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., is in a showdown with the Obama administration over potential cuts to a program that arms airline pilots as the last line of defense against hijackers. Cravaack, a former pistol-packing pilot, objects to proposed cuts to the Transportation Security Administration program.
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U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., is in a showdown with the Obama administration over potential cuts to a program that arms airline pilots as the last line of defense against hijackers. Cravaack, a former pistol-packing pilot, objects to proposed cuts to the Transportation Security Administration program.

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