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Military apologizes for Afghan abuse photos

The US Army on Monday formally apologized “for the distress” caused by pictures portraying abuse allegedly committed by US troops serving in Afghanistan. “We apologize for the distress these photos cause,” said a statement released by the Army. German weekly Der Spiegel earlier Monday published photos that it said showed two US soldiers in Afghanistan from a rogue army unit posing with dead Afghans. Two photos, which Spiegel said US authorities had sought to keep secret, appear to show two members of a unit that allegedly killed Afghan civilians for sport. In one, a purported soldier, cigarette in hand, holds
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CBO: Obama playing fast and loose with numbers in budget

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says President Barack Obama is underestimating deficits and overestimating revenue projections in the budget released by the White House on Friday and that the budget, if passed by Congress, would increase the deficit by more than $2 trillion over the next decade. Obama claimed his budget would produce deficits of $7.2 trillion while the CBO assessment estimates the shortfall would be more like $9.5 trillion. The report suggests the administration is using political “fuzzy math” to mask the true cost of his budget.   Related articles CBO: Obama Understates Deficits by $2.3 Trillion – ABC
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U.S., allies strike Libya; Some in Congress upset

With surprising speed, President Barack Obama went from straddling the fence on Libya to ordering military strikes, along with European allies, with the threat of more to come. The President’s decision comes on top of a military stretched to the limit with military on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq and a lingering recession at home. Airstrikes cruise missles pounded the capital of Tripoli while Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vowed a long war “with unlimited patience and deep faith.” Obama claimed military action was not his “first choice” and said American ground troops would not be sent into Kuwait. And
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President Donald Trump?

“The Donald,” as in Donald Trump, says he will decide by June on whether or not he will run for President but says he is serious and that the run — if he makes it — is not a publicity stunt to promote his show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.” “The ratings on the show are through the room. I don’t need to boost the ratings,” Trump told The Associated Press. “But the country is doing so badly. I wish there was someone in the Republican field I thought would be incredible because that’s what we need right now.” Other wealthy businessmen
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Obama endorses military action against Libya

After weeks of hesitation and divisions among his advisers, President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed military action against Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, saying U.S. values and credibility are at stake to stop “the potential for mass murder” of innocents. The U.S. military, which is already stretched thin by two wars and an expanding effort to assist disaster victims in Japan, would take a supporting role, Obama said, with European and Arab partners in the lead. He explicitly ruled out sending American ground forces into the North African nation. A wide range of U.S. firepower stood ready, including Navy ships and submarines
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Senate to Obama: Target deficit

Nearly two-thirds of the US Senate pressed President Barack Obama on Friday to back a “broad approach” of spending cuts, tax reforms, and curbing popular social programs to reduce the deficit. “We believe comprehensive deficit reduction measures are imperative and to ask you to support a broad approach to solving the problem,” 64 of the chamber’s 100 members said in a bipartisan letter to Obama. The group — which comprised 31 Democrats and one of their independent allies, as well as 32 Republicans — said they hoped any negotiations would “include discretionary spending cuts, entitlement changes and tax reform.” “By
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‘Blood money’ used to free CIA contractor in Pakistan

Pakistan abruptly freed the CIA contractor who shot and killed two men in a gunfight in Lahore after a deal was sealed Wednesday to pay $2.34 million in “blood money” to the men’s families. The agreement, nearly seven weeks after the shootings, ended a tense showdown with a vital U.S. ally that had threatened to disrupt the war on terrorism. In what appeared to be a carefully choreographed conclusion to the diplomatic crisis, a U.S. official said Pakistan had paid the families whose pardoning of Raymond Davis set the stage for his release. That arrangement allowed Secretary of State Hillary
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Gender-neutral Bible pisses off the rabid right

  In the old translation of the world’s most popular Bible, John the Evangelist declares: “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar.” Make that “brother or sister” in a new translation that includes more gender-neutral language and is drawing criticism from some conservatives who argue the changes can alter the theological message. The 2011 translation of the New International Version Bible, or NIV, does not change pronouns referring to God, who remains “He” and “the Father.” But it does aim to avoid using “he” or “him” as the default reference to an unspecified
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She’s back: Sharron Angle running for House seat

Nearly five months after her strong bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Harry Reid ended in defeat, Sharron Angle said Wednesday she’ll run for Congress again in an effort to “stop the liberal agenda.” Angle told supporters via YouTube, Twitter and an e-mail that she will pursue one of Nevada’s four U.S. House seats in 2012. “With your help we can once again change the country’s direction like we started in 2010,” she wrote in an e-mail to supporters. Reid beat Angle by 6 percentage points in November after a bitter campaign. But she put up a strong fight, raising $14
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Palin’s downhill slide continues

Polls continue to show America’s fascination is fading for former Alaska Gov. and failed Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin. Even the Republican Party is tiring of Palin and her bombastic nature. According to a new Washington Post-ABC news poll, her ratings within the party are dropping to less than 60 percent — a massive drop from the 88 percent rating after John McCain picked her as his running mate in 2008 and 70 percent last October. Only 47 percent of Republican leaning independents have a favorable view of Palin. Palin, in fact, may be the GOP’s Nancy Pelosi when int
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