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Rep. Buck McKeon urges Iraqis to ask for troops

WASHINGTON — Iraq’s leaders should ask “sooner rather than later” for a sizeable US troop presence there into 2012, a key US lawmaker said Wednesday, warning that too small a number would imperil fragile gains. “We’ve won there, we should not give up that victory,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman…

Panetta approves plan to keep only 4,000 U.S troops in Iraq after 2012

WASHINGTON — As the White House debates keeping a much smaller force in Iraq after 2011, it will have to decide whether to give up a peacekeeping role in the country’s volatile north, officials and analysts said Wednesday. Amid negotiations with Iraqi leaders on the scope of a future US…

WATCH LIVE: NBC’s Republican 2012 presidential debate

The GOP presidential debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California is moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams and Politico’s John Harris. The Republican candidates include: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former…

ACLU settles case of man arrested for recording friend’s arrest

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has won a $48,500 settlement from a lawsuit brought on behalf of man arrested for videotaping a University of Pittsburgh police officer. “This settlement underscores the fact that one of the cornerstones of our constitutional democracy is the right to document the actions…

Sen. Rand Paul calls for vote of no confidence in Treasury Secretary Geithner

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) on Wednesday took to the Senate floor to call for a vote of no confidence in Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, one of the stalwarts of President Barack Obama’s administration. “The current Administration’s gross mismanagement of the U.S. economy, at the helm of which has sat…

Perry to make debut at Republican debate

LOS ANGELES — Texas governor Rick Perry squared up to make his debut Wednesday at a Republican party debate, after surging into the race as frontrunner to be the GOP candidate against Barack Obama next year. The main Republican contenders for the US presidency are to take the stage at…

IHOP shooting ‘like 9/11′ for Nevada city: sheriff

LOS ANGELES — The sheriff of a US city where a gunman killed four people including three military personnel in a restaurant compared the shootings to the 9/11 attacks Wednesday. The comments came as authorities named the victims of Tuesday’s attack in Nevada state capital Carson City, in which a…

Former Clinton chief of staff joins Facebook board

WASHINGTON — Facebook announced Wednesday that Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff to US president Bill Clinton, has joined the board of directors of the social network. Bowles, 66, was named by Clinton in 1993 to head the Small Business Administration and served as White House chief of staff…

Three arrested at Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s town hall event

Three people were arrested on Tuesday for disrupting a town hall event in Greenfield, Wisconsin held by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman. Another 20 people were escorted out of the event for interrupting Ryan’s speech. Two of the three people arrested were fined $429 and the…

WI Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin: ‘I’m not afraid’

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) insisted that she did not want her senatorial campaign to revolve around her sexuality but around her capability as a leader. “The people of Wisconsin are looking for someone who will be a fighter for them,” Baldwin said in…

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