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The Caucus: Obama Lands in Afghanistan for Unannounced Visit

After a secret flight, President Obama is expected to speak with President Hamid Karzai at a critical moment in the American-led war. Read more……

Obama to troops: ‘On the offense’

The visit comes almost a year to the day from his speech at West Point announcing a troop surge. Read more……

The Caucus: For Appropriations Panel, Changes Include Location

With some of its allure lost, the Appropriations Committee is being evicted from its prime Capitol real estate. Read more……

Obama, economy stuck in a ditch

The sputtering U.S. economy disappoints yet again. Read more……

Palin has run in with press

A CNN crew surprises the former gov. with questions regarding her plans to run for president in 2012. Read more……

Debt panel falls short on votes

A vote is unlikely to reach the House, Senate. Read more……

Ethanol lobby poised for another win

The ethanol industry may find relief in a one-year extension to the expiring tax credit. Read more……

Russia says leaked cables show U.S. cynicism

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday said leaked embassy cables showed the “cynicism” of U.S. diplomacy but suggested they would not seriously upset improving ties…

Marines, Air Force don’t endorse ‘don’t ask’ repeal

Gen. Jim Amos and Gen. Norton Schwartz disagree with the Pentagon report released Tuesday. Read more……

The Caucus: Clinton Drops Clue on Career Plans

For the first time, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton explicitly described her current post as her last in public life. Read more……