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Former commander of Afghan war to teach at Yale

The former US commander in Afghanistan who was forced to retire after making scathing comments to a magazine about the Barack Obama administration will take a teaching position at Yale, the university announced Monday. The prestigious school announced that General Stanley McChrystal will take a position as a lecturer at…

Obama selects veteran investigator as CIA watchdog

Obama nominates candidate for CIA inspector general, agency watchdog position President Barack Obama has nominated a veteran investigator to be the next CIA inspector general, a crucial position that has remained vacant for more than a year. David B. Buckley, currently a senior manager for Deloitte Consulting, will have to…

Obama quietly declines to nominate CIA watchdog

More than a year after the CIA’s inspector general stepped down, frustrated members of Congress are urging the White House to fill the internal watchdog position that was central in uncovering abuses inside the spy agency. “I am disturbed that it has not been filled up to this point,” former…

New spy chief who hyped Iraq WMD ‘may invade Finland’

President Obama’s selection of retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr. to serve as the Director of National Intelligence is already drawing fire from a variety of quarters. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was forced to defend Clapper on Sunday against charges that he has failed to keep Congress…

Top RNC fundraiser quits after scandals

The Republican National Committee has lost one of its top fundraisers amidst a backdrop of scandals hounding RNC Chairman Michael Steele. Sam Fox, a former US ambassador to Belgium and hearty supporter of President George W. Bush, has resigned a senior position within the Party’s fundraising ranks, Politico’s Ben Smith…

Vice President: Iraq War wasn’t worth the ‘horrible price’

Vice President Joe Biden still believes the Iraq war was a bad idea, a position he had held from the outset. “I don’t think the war was worth it in the sense that we paid a horrible price,” Biden told NBC’s David Gregory Sunday. Gregory asked Biden about a statement…

Blair says no secret deal with Bush to invade Iraq

LONDON — Former prime minister Tony Blair said Friday there had been no “covert” deal with then US president George W. Bush to invade Iraq in 2003, and robustly defended his decision to take Britain to war. Giving eagerly awaited evidence to a public inquiry into the conflict, he insisted…

Colbert rips ‘butt-sniffing’ Harold Ford

Harold Ford has been accused of flip flopping on issues like abortion and gay marriage as he is apparently planning to mount a primary challenge to Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in New York. Stephen Colbert expressed his admiration for Ford’s wavering positions by awarding him “Alpha Dog of the Week”…

Barney Frank backtracks on opposition to Senate health bill: ‘I was overreacting’

Now supports passing Senate legislation through House WASHINGTON — Backtracking from a declaration he made just after the election of Republican Scott Brown Tuesday night, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has tempered his opposition to the Senate health reform bill. “I have realized that my statement last night was more pessimistic…

Activists slam Letterman for mocking transgender Obama appointee

Gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign has written to CBS’s Late Show With David Letterman demanding an apology for a skit that mocked President Obama’s transgender appointee to monitor military technology exports. In a skit aired Tuesday night, Letterman announced that President Obama had appointed Amanda Simpson, a 30-year veteran of…

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