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Clinton, Gates say no exit strategy for Afghanistan

While President Barack Obama has indicated that he would like US troops to begin to leave Afghanistan in 2011, Secretary Bob Gates and Secretary Hillary Clinton pointed out that there is no deadline or exit strategy. This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Dec. 6, 2009. Download video…

McCain on Palin: ‘She’s irrelevant’

Sen. John McCain is amused by critics who think Sarah Palin is irrelevant but continue to attack her anyway. “I think Sarah Palin has earned herself a big place in the political scene. I’m proud of her. I am entertained every time I see people attack her. She’s irrelevant, but…

Petraeus admits he didn’t vote for McCain

Gen. David Petraeus may be registered as a Republican but he didn’t vote for John McCain for president in 2008. When Petraeus became a two-star general in 2002 he stopped voting. “When I was promoted to major general, it seemed like a quiet thing at the time, but it’s perhaps…

Perino’s logic: Bush responsible for Copenhagen climate talks

According to President Bush’s former press secretary, his refusal to sign the Kyoto climate change deal in 2005 set the stage for current climate change negotiations in Copenhagen. “Because [Bush] declined to go forward with Kyoto, which is ultimately the right thing to do because the major economies like China…

Durbin ‘skeptical’ of Afghanistan surge

The senior senator from President Barack Obama’s home state isn’t convinced that the plan to send more troops to Afghanistan will result in sucess. Durbin told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he wanted to talk to the president about withdrawal plans before committing to vote to support the additional troops.…

Student to Obama: Legalize prostitution, gambling, drugs

One student in Allentown, Pennsylvania had a humorous question for the president Friday. “I was wondering if maybe if you checked out some of the statistics about legalizing prostitution, gambling, drugs and non-violent crime in order to stimulate some of the economy?” asked the second year college student. “I appreciate…

Greenwald: US war ‘aiding and abetting’ Afghan enemies

Salon‘s Glenn Greenwald charged that the US war in Afghanistan was “aiding and abetting” Islamic extremists. Greenwald debated Christopher Hitchens and Republican strategist KT McFarland on MSNBC’s Morning Meeting Friday. This video is from MSNBC’s Morning Meeting, broadcast Dec. 4, 2009. Download video via RawReplay.com…

Democratic lawmaker: White House should come forward about party crashers

Democratic Representative Loretta Sanchez told NBC’s Matt Lauer that she would like to hear from White House social secretary Desiree Rogers. Republican Peter King appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today Show Friday to say that he wanted to issue a subpoena to Rogers but Sanchez wouldn’t go…

Scahill: US military operating inside Pakistan

Rachel Maddow is joined by Jeremy Scahill whose cover story in The Nation magazine is about U.S. contractors working in Afghanistan, and Blackwater founder Erik Prince’s roots in the CIA. Scahill’s sources tell him that the U.S. military — not just the CIA — is conducting airstrikes in Pakistan. This…

Rove visit to Wisconsin university incites protest

Karl Rove was met by about 40 protesters as he arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. WISN has more details here. This video is from WISN, broadcast Dec. 3, 2009. Download video via RawReplay.com…

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