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NPR chief resigns amid controversy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of National Public Radio resigned on Wednesday after the organization’s chief fund-raiser was secretly videotaped criticizing conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs its government funding. Read the full story.
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Libya a serious test for Obama

A month shy of his election in 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama outlined a doctrine for American military force that included crises in which the United States has a “moral obligation” to intervene. As commander in chief, he soon will have to decide whether Libya fits the bill. Obama is facing the sternest test yet of his philosophy of humanitarian intervention, which he has described as an imperative to prevent atrocities against civilians. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi‘s brutal suppression of protests and crackdown on opponents to his 42-year rule may fall short of Obama’s criteria for military action, but the
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Senate may kill both Democratic, GOP budgets

In a demonstration of official Washington’s often curious logic, the Senate is expected to vote down both a slashing GOP budget bill and a less painful Democratic plan to demonstrate progress instead of gridlock. The idea is to show both sides that they need to move toward each other to break a bitter stalemate over how much to cut spending as Congress wraps up last year’s unfinished budget work. The combatants are facing a March 18 deadline that already has Republicans in the House drafting another stopgap spending measure to make sure the government doesn’t shut down if a broader
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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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