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Obama claims end to U.S. combat role in Afghanistan by 2014

President Barack Obama on Saturday said for the first time he wants U.S. troops out of major combat in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the date he and other NATO leaders set for moving Afghans into the lead role in fighting the Taliban. Allies had different interpretations of that target’s meaning. Capping a two-day summit of 28 NATO leaders in this Atlantic port city, Obama said that after a series of public disputes with Afghan President Hamid Karzai — and despite the likelihood of more to come — the U.S. and its NATO partners have aligned their aims for
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Pope’s flip-flop on condoms stirs controversy

Campaigners against the spread of AIDS welcomed a u-turn by Pope Benedict XVI on the use of condoms Sunday, saying it marked a historic break with the past which would save lives. In a series of interviews to appear in a book published this week, Benedict said that while the use of condoms should not be seen as a “moral solution”, he stepped back from the Vatican’s blanket ban on all forms of contraception. “In certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, it can nevertheless be a first step on the way to another, more
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WATCH: Video Shows Rise Of Food Stamp Use

A new time-lapse video illustrates the depressing rise of food stamp usage throughout the U.S. The video’s creator, Zero Hedge’s John Lohman, points to the alarming levels — food stamps now feed a record 43 million — and warns that the program is the only thing keeping Americans from going “postal.” Sinatra’s upbeat tune “I’ve Got The World By A String” serves as an especially disturbing soundtrack. According to a recent <em>Wall Street Journal report, food stamp usage has increased almost 60 percent since 2007. Click here to see states where usage increased the most. WATCH: From The Huffington Post
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Obama On TSA Screening Anger: I Get It

LISBON, Portugal — President Barack Obama has asked security officials whether there’s a less intrusive way to screen U.S. airline passengers than the pat-downs and body scans causing a holiday-season uproar. For now, they’ve told him there isn’t one, the president said Saturday in response to a question at the NATO summit in Lisbon. “I understand people’s frustrations,” Obama said, while acknowledging that he’s never had to undergo the stepped-up screening methods. Passengers at some U.S. airports must pass through full-body scanners that produce a virtually naked image. If travelers refuse, they can be forced to undergo time-consuming fingertip examinations,
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Barbara Bush Jabs Sarah Palin: ‘I Hope She Stays’ In Alaska

Barbara Bush has shared her thoughts on Sarah Palin, and it sounds as if she hopes the former Alaska governor decides against running for president. “I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful, and I think she’s very happy in Alaska,” Bush said, before adding, “and I hope she’ll stay there.” The former first lady made the comments in an interview with Larry King, which will air Monday night on “Larry King Live.” Barbara Bush is not the only prominent Republican woman to speak poorly of Palin in recent days. On Monday, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, whom Sarah
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