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Top US officer: Afghan pullout to be ‘a slow transition’

WASHINGTON — A top US officer returning from commanding US Marines in Afghanistan’s restive southwest emphasized Wednesday that the pullout of foreign troops from the country would be a slow, drawn-out process. The withdrawal will be “a slow transition, not a lot of bells and whistles, not a lot of…

Chamber of Commerce to fight Obama with ‘all available means’

The influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to do everything in its power to block President Barack Obama’s unannounced measure to make government contractors disclose their political spending. In an interview with the New York Times, Chamber lobbyist R. Bruce Josten warned the measure could result in harassment and protests…

Glenn Beck: Some ‘birthers’ on same side as Obama

Fox News host Glenn Beck suggested that some of the so-called “birthers” are actually supporters of President Barack Obama, after the White House released the president’s long-form birth certificate on Wednesday. Many “birthers” believe there is persuasive evidence that Obama was actually born in Kenya in 1961 and that his…

Senator McCain: Arm Libyan rebels, like Afghanistan in 1980s

PARIS — The revolt against Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi could stall unless the United States arms the rebels battling his regime, influential US Senator John McCain warned Wednesday. “There is a possibility if not a probability of a stalemate, and that should be of deep concern to us,” the former…

Reid to force Senate vote on controversial Ryan budget

WASHINGTON – Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will hold a Senate vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) controversial budget plan, Raw Story has confirmed. The plan, recently approved by the House, has virtually no chance of passing the Democratic-led Senate. The vote would serve to put Senate Republicans on the…

Shock video: Cop punches woman in the face at Atlanta IHOP

Talk about bad pancakes. In the early hours of Sunday morning, Cynthia Freeman and an off-duty police officer got into a scuffle at an International House of Pancakes (IHOP) in Atlanta. What happened next was caught on tape, in a violent bit of footage that some viewers will find shocking.…

San Francisco may vote on banning male circumcision

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A group opposed to male circumcision said on Tuesday they have collected more than enough signatures to qualify a proposal to ban the practice in San Francisco as a ballot measure for November elections. But legal experts said that even if it were approved by a…

Confronted by seniors, GOP Rep. Berg denies he voted to scrap Medicare

WASHINGTON – Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND) faced stern questions from his elderly constituents at a town hall meeting Tuesday evening, when he was confronted over his vote to replace Medicare with a voucher program. “I would like to know, did you vote to eliminate Medicare as it is today?” one…

7 conservatives sound off on Obama releasing his long-form birth certificate

Although the years-long game of chicken has ended and the White House has relinquished President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate, the issue is by no means dead. The action, intended to forcibly shift the news cycle from so-called birthers to more pressing matters such as national security and the economy,…

WATCH LIVE: Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s press conference

Watch Fed chairman Ben Bernanke’s first-ever press conference, scheduled for 2:15 ET, below, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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