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Because of some flubs since Capitol Hill Blue went online on October 1, 1994, some feel the reporting on this web site can’t be trusted.  We disagree but I have admitted past mistakes in some stories that have cast public doubt on this site’s credibility. Of the more than 100,000 stories published on this web site since 1996, it is less than one tenth of one percent of stories that have caused these controversies.  In my opinion, that still too many, so I decided to go back through our archives and fact check all of our stories again. It’s an
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Gates: U.S. must stay in Afghanistan

“Obviously it would be a small fraction of the presence that we have today, but I think we’re willing to do that,” Gates told a group of U.S. troops at Bagram air field, which is headquarters for U.S. and NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan. “My sense is, they (Afghan officials) are interested in having us do that.” A soldier asked Gates about a long-term military presence, and Gates noted that Washington and Kabul have recently begun negotiating a security partnership. He mentioned no details. He was to meet later in the day with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. On Sunday, the
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Sears makes move on Amazon affiliates

Another competitor of Amazon.com Inc. is looking to take advantage of the retailer’s disputes over sales taxes. Sears Holdings Corp. sent a letter to affiliate sellers of Amazon on Thursday, inviting them to join up with Sears instead. The move came after Amazon said it would stop working with its affiliate sellers in some states if those states force it to collect sales taxes. The letter from Sears says Amazon is turning its back on its customers and trying to get an unfair competitive advantage by refusing to collect sales taxes. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
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Obama, in search of a deal, offers deeper spending cuts

President Barack Obama says he’s willing to make deeper spending cuts if Congress can compromise on a budget deal that would end the threat of a government shutdown. Obama’s appeal for common ground came Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address, but lacked specifics on how to bridge the $50 billion gulf that divides the White House and Democratic budget proposal from the deeper reductions offered by Republicans. The competing plans are headed for test votes in the Senate in the coming week; neither is expected to survive, setting the stage for further negotiations. The government is running on
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