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Obama sees end to Afghan combat mission by the end of 2014

LISBON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said for the first time on Saturday his goal was to end the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and…

Nuclear treaty failure could hit U.S.-Russia ties: Gates

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned on Saturday that failure to ratify the New START nuclear treaty would have “significant consequences” and could affect U.S.-Russian cooperation on issues…

Bristol Palin’s ‘dancing’ drives man to blast TV with shotgun

Bristol Palin’s ‘dancing’ drives man to blast TV with shotgun

A Wisconsin man angry at the success of Bristol Palin on “Dancing with the Stars” blasted his TV with a shotgun as she waltzed her way into the program’s finals.…

Senate approves compensation for black farmers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate unanimously approved a bill on Friday funding $1.15 billion in compensation to black farmers in a decades-old bias lawsuit that is one of the largest…

Obama’s Democrats in disarray over expiring tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats in the U.S. Congress, many upset with him for election losses, are in disarray over what to do about tax cuts for…

White House warns Republicans on canceling stimulus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has warned Republicans that high-speed rail projects and a gigantic solar power complex would be imperiled if they cancel unspent federal stimulus money to…

Bernanke: Policies supporting growth bolster dollar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday gave a full-throated defense against criticism the U.S. central bank’s controversial bond-buying program is debasing the dollar, saying a vigorous…

Senators seek probe into education rule making process

BANGALORE (Reuters) – Two Republican senators have asked the U.S. Education Department to investigate the alleged leaking by department officials of proposed rules aimed at tightening regulation of the industry.…

Reid ready to deal on Bush-era tax breaks

Reid ready to deal on Bush-era tax breaks

The top Democrat in the Senate said on Tuesday he was willing to consider a temporary tax cut extension for all income levels, a step that could pave the way…

Obama-GOP confab postponed until end of month

Obama-GOP confab postponed until end of month

A meeting planned on Thursday between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders following big Republican gains at the expense of Obama’s Democrats in the November 2 elections has been postponed…