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Patraeus supports Afghan war troop drawdown

Patraeus supports Afghan war troop drawdown

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan insists the military can boost Afghan security forces to fight the Taliban, begin a troop drawdown this summer and fulfill President Barack Obama‘s goal…

House votes to keep government running for three more weeks

House votes to keep government running for three more weeks

The House Tuesday passed a measure blending $6 billion in budget cuts with enough money to keep the government running for an additional three weeks. The measure would buy additional…

GOP Rep who wanted mentally disabled shipped to Sibera quits New Hampshire legislature

A 91-year-old freshman lawmaker in New Hampshire who suggested the mentally disabled should be shipped to Siberia resigned Monday from the state House and said he was sorry that his…

Can embattled Obama recapture his old magic?

Can embattled Obama recapture his old magic?

Barack Obama rode a wave of voter passion in 2008 fed largely by intense dislike of President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, plus excitement among young and minority…

Petraeus will try to sell Afghan war to skeptical Congress

Petraeus will try to sell Afghan war to skeptical Congress

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is facing an impatient and frustrated Congress, balancing his troops’ solid progress in combat with worries about Kabul government corruption, an expected Taliban resurgence…

Storage pool water may be boiling at damaged Japan nuke power plant

Storage pool water may be boiling at damaged Japan nuke power plant

A Japanese nuclear safety official says the water inside the waste fuel storage pool for a damaged reactor at an atomic power plant may be boiling. Hidehiko Nishiyama of the…

Freedom of Information: An impossible dream?

Freedom of Information: An impossible dream?

Experts on the U.S. Freedom of Information Act are telling Congress that the law remains an unwieldy and inefficient tool for obtaining government records despite President Barack Obama‘s promise to…

Major quake would devastate California

Major quake would devastate California

California will experience unthinkable damage when the next powerful quake strikes, probably within 30 years, even though the state prides itself on being on the leading edge of earthquake science.…

Fatcat GOP donors taking ‘wait and see’ approach

Fatcat GOP donors taking ‘wait and see’ approach

The potential White House candidates need cash. But donors aren’t eager to shell out until the hopeful prove they’re credible. Which they can’t — until they have the cash lined…

Fuel rods fully exposed Japan at nuke power plant

Fuel rods fully exposed Japan at nuke power plant

A Japanese utility says fuel rods at a troubled nuclear reactor have been fully exposed. The exposure happened at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant — the latest reactor…