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Hurricane Earl closes in on US East Coast

Hurricane Earl quickly closed in on a large part of the US east coast on Thursday, as tens of thousands of people fled North Carolina’s barrier islands to avoid dangerous winds and surf. The strongest Atlantic storm of 2010 was on course to lash the coast of North Carolina and…

Countdown: Olbermann, Scahill thank Bush for the ‘success’ of the Iraq war

‘They’ say that it really isn’t healthy to keep things bottled up inside. On Wed. evening’s MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the liberal host and his guest, The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill went the healthy route and let it rip. Discussion centered around President Obama’s address on the Iraq war and…

Analysis: Switch to Petraeus betrays Afghan policy crisis

WASHINGTON — Despite President Barack Obama’s denial that his decision to fire Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as commander in Afghanistan and replace him with Gen. David Petraeus signified any differences with McChrystal over war strategy, the decision obviously reflects a desire by Obama to find a way out of a…

US officials back away from July 2011 Afghan withdrawal deadline

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates rejected suggestions Sunday that US forces will move out of Afghanistan in large numbers in July of next year under a deadline set by President Barack Obama. “That absolutely has not been decided,” Gates said in an interview with Fox News Sunday. His comment was…

Petraeus passes out briefly while answering question from McCain on Hill

“General David Petraeus appeared to briefly pass out while giving testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday,” CBS News reports. Video of the incident showed Petraeus appear to struggle briefly before standing up and walking out of the hearing room. USA Today adds, “Petraeus slumped over in mid-sentence while answering a question…

Kucinich: Obama should fire generals who spoke out on Afghan surge

Obama ‘giving his generals a little too much leeway’ Congressman Dennis Kucinich says President Barack Obama ought to fire the generals who publicly aired their views on the war in Afghanistan during this fall’s deliberations on a troop surge. The Ohio Democrat known for his anti-war views said there is…

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…

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