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Obama pledges to stand by Afghans

Still, the president doesn’t say whether American troops can stay in Afghanistan after 2014. Read the full story.…

Alaska Senate standstill divides GOP

With Miller unwilling to concede, the state party head makes the first move by congratulating Murkowski. Read the full story.…

Allies back Obama on START

Foreign ministers from six countries endorse it. Read the full story.…

Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Despite their claims, the Republicans’ ban on earmarks won’t stop lawmakers from steering taxpayers’ dollars to pet projects. And it will have little if any effect on Washington’s far graver…

Christina Patterson: Politicians on Reality TV are a Good Reason to Get Out Your Gun

To the man in Wisconsin who shot his TV when he saw Bristol Palin on Dancing With The Stars, I have one word to say: respect. I imagine that he,…

Is ‘don’t ask’ repeal DOA?

If Democrats fail to pass the repeal next month it could be years before they get another shot. Read the full story.…

Report: U.S. Preparing Sweeping Insider-Trading Charges

Federal authorities, capping a three-year investigation, are preparing insider-trading charges that could ensnare consultants, investment bankers, hedge-fund and mutual-fund traders and analysts across the nation, according to people familiar with…

Senate approves compensation for black farmers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate unanimously approved a bill on Friday funding $1.15 billion in compensation to black farmers in a decades-old bias lawsuit that is one of the largest…

U.S. Pushing Pakistan For Expanded Drone Operation Areas

ISLAMABAD – The United States has renewed pressure on Pakistan to expand the areas where CIA drones can operate inside the country, reflecting concern that the U.S. war effort in…

Howard Steven Friedman: Mr. President, "Yes You Can" Show Backbone

Dear Mr. President – Your words are eloquent but your actions are lacking. Your party got trounced in the midterm elections for many reasons, but the economy was a major…