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Baseball star McGwire admits steroid use

LOS ANGELES — Baseball legend Mark McGwire said on Monday he used steroids during his record-breaking home run season in 1998, dealing another blow to the drug-tainted image of America’s national past-time. In a statement which confirmed long-held suspicions about McGwire’s hitting exploits, the 46-year-old former Oakland Athletics and St…

US general defends ‘no pregnancy’ policy; vows no court martial for violation

A US general based in northern Iraq defended Tuesday his tough punishments for soldiers who get pregnant or impregnate a fellow soldier and said fears the new rules could result in courts-martial were unwarranted. “I see absolutely no circumstance where I would punish a female soldier by court martial for…

Specter: ‘I am not persuaded’ to back Afghan escalation

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), who defected to the Democratic Party earlier this year, released a statement Tuesday night opposing a troop increase in Afghanistan — in contrast to his former Republican allies, who embrace a surge. Here is the full text of Specter’s statement via Talking Points Memo. “I oppose…

Specter: ‘I am not persuaded’ to support Afghan surge

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), who defected to the Democratic Party earlier this year, released a statement Tuesday night opposing a troop increase in Afghanistan — in contrast to his former Republican allies, who embrace a surge. Here is the full text of Specter’s statement via Talking Points Memo. “I oppose…

Cop shooting suspect cramping Huckabee’s presidential aspirations

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee granted clemency in 2000 to man sought in connection to killings; Issues statement attempting to deflect some of the blame; ABC: Huckabee freed other criminals Four police officers were gunned down in an execution-style ambush at a coffee shop in Washington state, triggering a manhunt…

Four police slain in ‘targeted ambush’ near Washington air force base

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee granted clemency in 2000 to man sought in connection to killings; Issues statement attempting to deflect some of the blame; ABC: Huckabee freed other criminals Four police officers were gunned down in an execution-style ambush at a coffee shop in Washington state, triggering a manhunt…

Bloggers reject White House ‘fringe’ denial, want ‘anonymous adviser’ outed

The Obama administration has disavowed statements from an “anonymous adviser” that, according to a CNBC reporter, said the White House feels bloggers need to “”take off their pajamas” but many in the blogosphere aren’t buying the White House denial. CNBC’s John Harwood quoted the nameless White House adviser in a…

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