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Recount Finds 195,000 Votes Were Missed on Election Night

A cumbersome, manual process left 17 percent of the votes cast uncounted in the initial tally. Read more……

Obama in Afghanistan, says troops making progress

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (Reuters) – President Barack Obama praised American troops for “important progress” against militants in Afghanistan, during an unannounced visit to a U.S. airbase outside the capital…

Cables Depict Afghan Graft, Starting at Top

American officials trying to build support for the Afghan government are dispirited by its corruption. Read more……

Obama Seeking Aid for Jobless in Deal on Tax Cuts

The deal calls for jobless aid and tax breaks, but it is unclear how much leverage the White House has. Read more……

The Caucus: Senator Brown Supports Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Scott Brown of Massachusetts is the latest Republican to support changing the law to allow gay troops to serve openly. Read more……

Obama officials push DREAM Act

Hispanic groups are stepping up pressure to get immigration bill passed before the end of the year. Read more……

Hillary Clinton says no White House run, muses on next job

MANAMA (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton said Friday she would not run for president and her current job as secretary of state was probably her last public position and she would…

Senate to take symbolic votes on taxes Saturday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate will vote on two Democratic options to extend some Bush-era tax cuts on Saturday, its Democratic leader said, measures likely to fail but highlight deep…

Military chiefs urge against ending gay ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Military chiefs told the Senate on Friday they opposed ending the armed forces’ ban on gays anytime soon, urging caution over President Barack Obama’s effort to repeal…

Rogers eyes lobbyist as staff chief

As he runs for chairmanship of spending panel, the rep. looks to a Lockheed executive. Read more……