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Petraeus: It’s going to be a bad summer

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan says fighting this summer may be worse than last year but some reduction in American forces is still possible in July. Gen. David Petraeus tells The Associated Press that he plans to present President Barack Obama with varying levels of troop reductions that accommodate the president’s July target for beginning troop withdrawals. He says the extra forces poured in by Obama have secured “modest momentum” in Afghanistan but continues to describe those gains as fragile. Petraeus spoke Wednesday ahead of a trip to Washington, where he is scheduled to testify on Capitol
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House panel to examine Muslim radicalization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives will investigate radicalization in the American-Muslim community, sparking outrage that the probe is a witchhunt akin to the 1950s anti-Communist campaign. Read the full story.
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Obama administration appeals healthcare ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday appealed a judge’s ruling in Florida that struck down its landmark healthcare overhaul law as unconstitutional because it required Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty. Read the full story.
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Failed marriages a fact of life for female GIs

Two failed marriages were the cost of war for Sgt. Jennifer Schobey. The breaking point in her first marriage came when her husband deployed to Afghanistan, the last in a long line of separations they had endured as they juggled two military careers. Schobey married another combat veteran, but eventually that union failed under the weight of two cases of post-traumatic stress disorder — his and hers. They are now getting divorced. Separations. Injuries. Mental health issues. All are added weights to the normal strains of marriage. For women in the military, there’s a cold, hard reality: Their marriages are
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Budget cuts hurting state mental health services

State budget writers looking for cash to balance the books have stripped a cumulative $1.8 billion from mental health services over the last 2 1/2 years, putting the public at risk as the mentally ill crowd emergency rooms and prisons, according to the nation’s largest mental health advocacy group. The Washington-based National Alliance on Mental Illness tallied state budget cuts to mental health services between 2008 and today and found that 32 states and Washington, D.C., cut funding just as economic stressors such as layoffs and home foreclosures boosted demand for services. California slashed funding by more than $587 million,
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Senate sets votes on competing spending bills

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers crafted another stopgap spending bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday to keep the government running while the Senate set votes for Wednesday on two longer-term measures that appeared doomed to failure. Read the full story.
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Obama and Cameron weigh no-fly zone for Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed a potential no-fly zone for Libya on Tuesday, but both countries insisted that any intervention must have broad international support. Read the full story.
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