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Obama will ‘likely’ pull 10,000 troops from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will “likely” withdraw about 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, with half coming out this summer and the remainder leaving later in 2011, a senior US defense official said Tuesday. Another 20,000 troops, which formed part of a troop…

Bill would approve US role in Libya retroactively

WASHINGTON — Two top US senators on Tuesday introduced a bill that would retroactively support America’s military role in Libya, amid a raging debate over whether President Barack Obama flouted the law by not getting prior congressional approval. “I believe we will find a strong, bipartisan majority that is in…

Gingrich finance team quits as campaign faces $1 million debt

A comeback for Republican presidential candidate appeared less likely Tuesday as two more high level staffers reportedly departed with the campaign carrying at least $1 million in debt. Fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman both resigned, according to The Associated Press. The setback comes less than two…

Texas Gov. Perry adds anti-TSA groping bill to special session

A bill that would restrict Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers from conducting pat-down searches at airport security checkpoints will return in the Texas legislature’s next special session thanks to Gov. Rick Perry. Perry, the latest Republican to flirt with a possible presidential run in 2012, selected the bill for the…

Watchdog: Sen. Vitter tried to ‘bribe’ Sec. Salazar with pay raise

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) says Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) may have gone too far when he demanded President Barack Obama’s Interior secretary approve deepwater oil well permits in exchange for a salary increase. CREW filed a complaint (PDF) Tuesday calling for the Senate…

White House sails past deadline for solar panel installation

Tuesday marked the first official day of summer in the Western hemisphere, but some environmental advocates saw June 21 as another milestone — a day after the deadline President Barack Obama’s administration had promised for the installation of a solar water-heating system on the roof of the White House. In…

Sanders: ’5 million seniors face the threat of hunger’

WASHINGTON – A 12-page report released Tuesday by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) found that about 5 million senior citizens are threatened by hunger in the United States. “It is estimated that 5 million seniors face the threat of hunger, 3 million seniors are at risk of hunger, and 1 million…

Two U.S. nuclear plants under threat as flood waters rise

Two U.S. nuclear electricity facilities, the Fort Calhoun and Cooper nuclear plants in Nebraska, are facing the threat of rising flood waters from the Missouri river. Though safety regulators insist the plants were designed to withstand flooding and no risk of disaster exists, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been…

McCain knocks Republicans for challenging Obama on Libya

WASHINGTON – As the House GOP prepares to throw a wrench into President Barack Obama’s military operation in Libya, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) accused Republicans of attacking his former 2008 rival for partisan gain. “Is this the time for Congress to turn against this policy? Is this the time time…

Massive tornado wrecks homes in Kansas

An enormous and powerful tornado destroyed three homes and wrecked a freight train in Kansas yesterday, injuring several members of a family that fled its path. At least three tornadoes were spotted near the state’s border with Nebraska yesterday, temporarily halting play at the College World Series. This video was…

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