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Pentagon wants to ‘extend’ Afghanistan surge

WASHINGTON — The US military is asking President Barack Obama to maintain its troop surge in Afghanistan until the fall of 2012, a month before a scheduled withdrawal, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The timeline would mean the president could promise large troop reductions to a war-weary public just…

U.S. House votes to end food aid for North Korea

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The House of Representatives has voted to bar US food aid to North Korea, with lawmakers charging that the assistance would prop up the communist regime instead of feeding the hungry. The Republican-led House, hashing out appropriations for agriculture late Wednesday, approved by voice vote an amendment…

Hustler founder Larry Flynt offers job to Anthony Weiner

LOS ANGELES — Porn mogul Larry Flynt offered disgraced US lawmaker Anthony Weiner a job Thursday, after the New York congressman resigned over a tawdry “sexting” scandal. Hustler founder Flynt said he would pay Weiner, who posted pictures of his intimate anatomy to a number of women on Twitter, 20…

Cenk Uygur: President Bush seems like a moderate these days

MSNBC host Cenk Uygur said Thursday that former President George W. Bush seemed like a moderate politician compared to the current group of Republican 2012 presidential hopefuls. “The reason Michelle Bachmann looked so reasonable” in the recent GOP debate in New Hampshire “is the whole party has moved her way,”…

Boehner: Congress may cut funds for Libya conflict

WASHINGTON — Top Republican lawmaker John Boehner on Thursday hinted at a potential freeze of funds for military operations in Libya, saying the White House had failed to justify US involvement. Influential US senators meanwhile voiced their support for a bipartisan resolution at odds with such a move that would…

U.S. Senate votes to end $6 billion ethanol subsidy

WASHINGTON — The US Senate voted Thursday to end a $6 billion subsidy for ethanol in a move that appeared largely symbolic but sends a message about the growing unease on support for the biofuel made mostly from corn. In a 73-27 vote, the Senate approved an amendment to end…

Man files suit after ‘terrifying’ FBI raid on wrong house

A Bellevue, Pennsylvania man is suing a dozen FBI agents for allegedly violating his and his family’s constitutional rights when their home was wrongfully raided by agents wielding assault rifles. The Pittsburg Tribune-Review reported that FBI agents used a battering ram to enter Gary Adams’ rented home in search of…

Congress presses Obama to sell F-16 jets to Taiwan

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers across party lines stepped up pressure Thursday on President Barack Obama to sell F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan, with some accusing the administration of showing deference to China. “With over 1,600 missiles pointed directly across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan needs the means to defend itself from…

Obama and Petraeus discuss Afghan pullout

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has met with Afghanistan war commander General David Petraeus to discuss a troop withdrawal set to begin next month, the White House said Thursday. Presidential spokesman Jay Carney said the two met in Washington on Wednesday to “discuss Afghanistan (and) to review the broad…

Florida governor retreats on worker drug tests

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott has suspended an order requiring all state workers undergo drug testing, pending resolution of a lawsuit that called the tests an illegal search of workers’ bodies. The Republican governor quietly signed the suspension memo on June 10 but it received little public notice…

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