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Budget cuts will mean smaller U.S. Army: general

Under mounting budget pressure, the US Army probably will have to shrink the size of its force below a planned target of 520,000 troops, the new Army chief of staff said Thursday. General Ray Odierno, who took over as Army chief Wednesday, said the push to reduce the deficit would…

U.S. probes ‘credible’ terror threat on 9/11 anniversary

US security officials said Thursday they are investigating a credible terror threat to the United States ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “In this instance, it?s accurate that there is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information,” the Department of Homeland Security said. “We have taken, and will…

Tea party group denounces Obama’s jobs plan

The Tea Party Express called the jobs plan President Barack Obama laid out to a joint session of Congress Thursday night “yet another speech with old, unworkable solutions.” The Tea Party Express is a Republican group associated with the Koch brothers. In a prepared statement, chief strategist Sal Russo denounced…

Obama tells Congress to pass $447 billion jobs plan

Watch Obama’s full speech to Congress President Barack Obama Thursday challenged Republicans to halt a “political circus” and immediately pass a bigger than expected $447 billion jobs plan he said would jolt the “stalled” economy. Obama, seeking to restore public trust in his economic management and take aim at 9.1…

WATCH LIVE: Obama unveils jobs plan to Congress

President Barack Obama lays out his strategy to boost job growth in a speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC, below: (Obama is scheduled to begin speaking at 7:00 PM ET.) Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Obama op-ed: Al Qaeda on the path to defeat

PARIS — US President Barack Obama declared on Thursday that the Al-Qaeda network is nearing total defeat, having failed to destroy the United States’ “unique” leadership role in the world. In an op-ed for the French daily Le Figaro penned to mark the tenth anniversary of the Islamist extremist group’s…

Former New York mayor Giuliani to speak on Sept 11

WASHINGTON — Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani urged polarized Americans on Thursday to “rediscover our unity” as he prepared to mark ten years since the September 11th attacks with a national speech. “We withstood the worst attack of our history, intended by our enemies to destroy us. Instead, it…

Newly released tapes reveal full 9/11 air horror

NEW YORK — “Did you just say somethin’ hit the World Trade Center?” an incredulous military official asked shortly after the beginning of America’s terrorism nightmare on September 11, 2001. Minutes later, with air traffic authorities warning that another commercial jet was off course and just six miles (10 kilometers)…

As cartels rapidly expand in U.S. cities, authorities confront futility of drug arrests

America’s war on drugs is virtually lost on all fronts: illicit drug use is increasing, drug cartels are growing stronger and enforcement is becoming less effective — and the government is well aware of all this, according to documents released this week. In three separate releases this week — a…

John Brennan: Obama still committed to closing Guantanamo Bay

President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser said Thursday that the administration had not abandoned its pledge to close down Guantanamo Bay and announced that no new prisoners would be sent to the controversial detention facility. “We’re not going to bring people to Guantanamo,” Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan told…

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