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Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA

President Barack Obama is shuffling his team, moving CIA Director Leon Panetta to Defense Secretary, replacing Bush holdover Robert Gates and appointing Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in the Afghan war, to take Panetta’s old job at the intelligence agency. Obama, according to the Associated Press, will promote Lt. Gen. John Allen to take over the Afghan war operation and appoint diplomat Ryan Crocker as the new U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan. The moves, rumored in recent days, are seen as just the beginning of moves within the Obama inner circle. Reports the AP: The changes would probably take effect
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How did Donald Trump become a contender?

The tawdry tale of how professional celebrity Donald Trump became a player in the Republican Presidential Presidential sweepstakes is a sad commentary on the state of politics in America. Trump has no political experience, hasn’t voted in a primary election in 21 years, doesn’t have a campaign or even a real grasp of the many issues and problems facing the nation. Yet he’s dominating the media and political scene. How did it happen? Trump benefits from the pop culture that has replaced substance in American politics. His rise to prominence can be traced to the same shallowness that allow instant
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Couric ending her failed network anchor venture

Perky Katie Couric‘s failed five-year experiment as a national network news anchor is coming to a long-predicted end and she chose a celebrity-oriented gossip mag to formally announce her departure from the CBS Evening News. “I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News,” Couric said in an interview with People magazine. ”  Her announcement wasn’t a surprise. CBS is expected to announce next week that Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes will replace Couric in the anchor chair. So what’s next for the Katie?  She’s not saying for sure. Some feel she will launch a syndicated talk show
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Olbermann returns to haunt the airwaves on June 20

Keith Olbermann, the unabashed liberal who likes to pretend he’s a newsman, returns to TV with a new show and old title — Countdown with Keith Olbermann — on Current TV. The show debuts on June 20 at 8 p.m. In February, after MSNBC sacked the difficult and ego maniacal Olbermann from his show of the same name a month earlier, Current TV announced that the bombastic host would have a new show on the air in late Spring. Late Spring is right. June 20 is the last day of Spring. “The show will combine familiar and popjular features with
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Shadow of Wisconsin union fight looms over local races

When the race for Green Bay mayor began months ago, the main issues looked clear-cut: planning downtown development, dealing with dwindling state aid and debating whether the city should have spent millions to build a replica of Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster. But after Republican Gov. Scott Walker‘s battle with public employee unions erupted, the constant uproar at the Capitol in Madison quickly became the only thing anyone wanted to talk about. Suddenly challenger Patrick Evans‘ campaign strategy fell apart. “The people calling me never said, ‘Hey, Pat, what do you think about the downtown?’ The electorate didn’t want to
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Ron Paul prepares another long-shot run for the White House

Twice failed Presidential candidate Ron Paul is planning another long-shot run for the White House. Paul will announce formation of an exploratory committee during a stop in Des Moines, Iowa, today, joining a crowded field of Republican candidates trying to knock off President Barack Obama in 2012. The Texas Congressman ran for President as a Libertarian in 1998 and received one-half of one percent of the popular vote. He ran again as a Republican in the 2008 primary and was running fifth when he pulled the plug on his campaign on June 12 — before the GOP nominating convention. Paul
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Fed ponders next steps for economic recovery

The Federal Reserve is increasingly confident in the economy and about to end a $600 billion program to support it. Now for the next step — figuring out how to keep inflation from taking off. Since late last year, the Fed has bought government bonds to keep interest rates low. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues are expected to signal this week that they will allow the program to expire as scheduled in June. The end of the bond-buying program would mean that, aside from tax cuts, almost all the extraordinary measures the government took to prop up the
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Leaked Gitmo files reveal info about detainees

A cache of classified U.S. military documents provides intelligence assessments on nearly all of the 779 people who been detained at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The secret documents, made available to The New York Times and several other news organizations, reveal that most of the 172 remaining prisoners have been rated as a “high risk” of posing a threat to the United States and its allies if released without adequate rehabilitation and supervision, the newspaper said. The documents, provided by WikiLeaks, also show about a third of the 600 detainees already sent to other countries were also designated
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Democrats try, and fail, with GOP stalling tactic

A year ago, when Republicans were in the minority on Capitol Hill, they drove Democrats crazy by using an obscure parliamentary maneuver to change, delay and even kill Democratic priorities. Now that Republicans are running the House, Democrats have tried to stymie the GOP agenda by relying on the tactic, known as the motion to recommit. But they’ve failed on every one of their 23 attempts this year. That motion is almost always the last step just before the final vote on a bill. It gives the minority party, which has little voice and few rights in the House, a
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GOP Presidential wannabes chase the money

Mitt Romney is organizing a phone bank fundraiser in Las Vegas next month. Tim Pawlenty is holding regular “friendraising” meetings in big-money California and elsewhere. Haley Barbour hunkers down soon with finance operatives in cash-rich New York and other lucrative places. Republican presidential hopefuls are in the midst of a fundraising frenzy as they seek to raise mounds of campaign cash and assemble influential donor networks. With the 2012 campaign starting several months later than it did four years ago, the contenders are under intense pressure to demonstrate their ability to bring in the dough before the slower summer season
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