Obama sees end to Afghan combat mission by 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 to significantly reduce the number of U.S. troops deployed there by then. Read the full story

Sarah Palin Book Excerpts Must Be Removed From Gawker, Judge Rules

NEW YORK — A federal judge on Saturday ordered Gawker Media to pull leaked pages of Sarah Palin’s forthcoming book “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag” from its blog. The injunction prohibits Gawker from “continuing to distribute, publish or otherwise transmit pages from the book” pending a hearing on Nov. 30. A […]

Father-Son Bank Bombing Exposes Anti-Government ‘Underworld’

SALEM, Ore. — People who knew Bruce Turnidge and his son say they loved their guns, hated President Obama, and fantasized about starting a militia and a tent city in the woods for people who shared their radical beliefs. Prosecutors say they acted on their anger at the government by planting a bomb that blew […]

Army court stays murder prosecution of soldier

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A military appeals court has ordered Army prosecutors to halt proceedings against one of five U.S. soldiers charged with murdering unarmed Afghan civilians and staging them to appear as combat casualties. Read the full story

Mike Lee: ‘I Cut My Political Teeth In The Reid Household’

“The Reids were the first real Democrats that I spent a lot of time with,” Lee told NBC News, “and I discovered fairly quickly that we didn’t agree on almost anything. Any time I tried to defend the actions of the Reagan administration, they’d all jump all over me, so sometimes I like to say […]

Obama, Medvedev urge Senate to ratify START

LISBON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama used the international stage Saturday to press his Republican opponents in Congress to ratify a new nuclear arms deal with Russia. Read the full story

Alaska Senate Race Divides GOP As Political Fight Continues

Joe Miller’s refusal to concede the Alaska Senate election has Republicans divided over how to respond to an awkward political standoff between a GOP incumbent who has already declared victory and a GOP nominee whose campaign still maintains a committed core of grassroots support. From The Huffington Post

Richard H. Smith: Could a California Budget Fix Threaten National Security?

“Hey, wait a minute”, you say. “Is this a put on? What does the latest patchwork California budget, slapped together a hundred days late, have to do with national security?” Rising seventeen floors above the heart of downtown Sacramento is the building that houses the California Department of Justice. If and when Attorney General and […]