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Court to consider ending lawsuit against Ashcroft over detention

Supreme Court will consider ending rights lawsuit against ex-Attorney General Ashcroft The Supreme Court will consider an appeal by former Attorney General John Ashcroft to throw out a lawsuit seeking to hold him personally responsible for improperly arresting a Muslim U.S. citizen after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The justices on…

From start, Bush team focused on war with Iraq: documents

Former president George W. Bush’s advisers focused on toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime as soon as he took office and discussed how to justify a war in Iraq shortly after invading Afghanistan in 2001, official documents showed Wednesday. A few hours after the September 11 attacks in 2001, then defense secretary…

Limbaugh slams Rove for attacking O’Donnell

In another sign that Christine O’Donnell’s upset win in last night’s Delaware Republican Senate primary has opened a schism in the conservative movement, talk show host Rush Limbaugh attacked Karl Rove on the air Wednesday for Rove’s criticisms of the tea party-backed O’Donnell. Rove’s anger at O’Donnell on Fox News…

GOP spokesman: Senate GOP to oppose Obama tax plan

GOP spokesman: Senate GOP to oppose Obama from cutting taxes for middle class if rich excluded WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans will oppose any effort to renew soon-to-expire Bush administration tax cuts if upper income taxpayers are excluded from the reductions. A spokesman for Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell says the…

White House hopes GOP will accept tax cuts

White House spokesman hoping GOP leader serious about accepting middle-class tax cuts White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says the Obama administration hopes the top House Republican was serious in expressing support for renewing tax cuts for the middle class, adding that GOP hopes to also extend reductions for the…

Obama getting fewer judges confirmed than Nixon

Even some Republican senators have complained about GOP delaying tactics A determined Republican stall campaign in the Senate has sidetracked so many of the men and women nominated by President Barack Obama for judgeships that he has put fewer people on the bench than any president since Richard Nixon at…

US changes military commanders in Iraq

US changes commanders in Iraq as final phase of American military involvement begins The United States changed commanders in Iraq Wednesday, beginning the final phase of American military involvement in the country despite political uncertainty and persistent violence. The transfer of authority came a day after President Barack Obama announced…

With live address, Obama formally ends combat operations in Iraq

President Barack Obama is telling the nation in a prime-time Oval Office address that the U.S. is officially ending its combat role in Iraq, a final turning point in one of the country’s longest wars. He said Tuesday night, in his words, “I am mindful that the Iraq war has…

Fidel Castro: Osama bin Laden is a US agent

Fidel Castro says al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is a bought-and-paid-for CIA agent who always popped up when former President George W. Bush needed to scare the world, arguing that documents recently posted on the Internet prove it. “Any time Bush would stir up fear and make a big speech,…

Former FEMA head: Gov’t didn’t tell all on Katrina

Former FEMA chief Brown concedes Washington didn’t tell full story of Katrina’s devastation Five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the federal official at the heart of a firestorm over Washington’s slow response is acknowledging the government’s shortcomings. Former Federal Emergency Management agency director Mike Brown tells NBC’s “Today”…

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