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Oct 29, 2014

Why U.S. green groups are talking about abortion this election

DENVER, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Green billionaire Tom Steyer
vowed to make the November congressional elections about climate
change. Now he’s talking about abortion and the economy to get
his candidates across the finish line.

Steyer, a hedge fund manager turned environmentalist,
launched a state-of-the-art operation to push voters to elect
governors and senators willing to confront global warming. His
NextGen Climate Action political committee is on track to spend
more than $55 million in this election – an unprecedented amount
for an environmentalist group.

Oct 8, 2014

Fayetteville: A Military Town’s Second Thoughts

FAYETTEVILLE, NC, Oct 8 (Reuters) – After 13 years of war, life outside the gates of the United States’ largest military base has settled into a familiar ebb and flow.

Army paratroopers and commandos stationed at Fort Bragg periodically board transport planes bound for Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving spouses to handle the carpooling and holiday planning. Kids celebrate birthdays with one parent in the room, the other watching from a computer screen somewhere out there. Crowds thin out at Little League games and restaurants sell fewer orders of chicken wings. When troops return, business picks back up.

Oct 8, 2014
via Insight

Letter from Fayetteville: Why this military town is having second thoughts

“You never know when something’s really going to end,” said one child whose father is a combat engineer. President Obama speaks at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville in 2011.
REUTERS/Chris Keane

After 13 years of war, life outside the gates of the United States’ largest military base has settled into a familiar ebb and flow.

Sep 15, 2014

Say what? A minimum-wage hike finds hope in U.S. heartland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s push to raise the minimum wage, which has largely found success in liberal-leaning coastal states to date, could make headway in the conservative heartland in the November elections.

Voters in the Republican-controlled states of Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota will consider ballot initiatives in November that would raise the minimum wage above the national rate of $7.25 per hour. Activists on both sides of the issue say the proposals stand a good chance of passing.

Aug 20, 2014

Republicans see Senate chances bolstered by primary results

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans counting on an unpopular president and a favorable electoral landscape to help them win control of the U.S. Senate could have another asset this year – stronger candidates who are less likely to say embarrassing things.

As the months-long primary season nears its end, Republican leaders appear to have achieved their goal of producing more disciplined Senate candidates who can avoid the kind of campaign blunders that cost the party winnable races in 2010 and 2012.

Jun 9, 2014

INSIGHT, RPT-U.S. deaths in Afghanistan may have only tenuous link to Bergdahl

WASHINGTON/KABUL, June 8 (Reuters) – The frantic search for
Bowe Bergdahl began the moment his comrades discovered he was no
longer inside the fragile outpost in a rock-strewn valley in one
of the most hostile corners of Afghanistan.

Exactly why Bergdahl left is subject to intense scrutiny.
But accounts by two Taliban sources as well as several U.S.
officials and fellow soldiers raise doubt over media reports
that he had sought to join the Taliban, and over suggestions
that the deaths later that year of six soldiers in his battalion
were related to the search for him.

Jun 9, 2014

Insight – U.S. deaths in Afghanistan may have only tenuous link to Bergdahl

WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) – The frantic search for Bowe Bergdahl began the moment his comrades discovered he was no longer inside the fragile outpost in a rock-strewn valley in one of the most hostile corners of Afghanistan.

    Exactly why Bergdahl left is subject to intense scrutiny. But accounts by two Taliban sources as well as several U.S. officials and fellow soldiers raise doubt over media reports that he had sought to join the Taliban, and over suggestions that the deaths later that year of six soldiers in his battalion were related to the search for him.

Jun 8, 2014

U.S. deaths in Afghanistan may have only tenuous link to Bergdahl

WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) – The frantic search for Bowe Bergdahl began the moment his comrades discovered he was no longer inside the fragile outpost in a rock-strewn valley in one of the most hostile corners of Afghanistan.

    Exactly why Bergdahl left is subject to intense scrutiny. But accounts by two Taliban sources as well as several U.S. officials and fellow soldiers raise doubt over media reports that he had sought to join the Taliban, and over suggestions that the deaths later that year of six soldiers in his battalion were related to the search for him.

Jun 3, 2014

Clash over Taliban release unlikely to be resolved in U.S. courts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican allegations that President Barack Obama broke the law when he freed five Taliban prisoners in return for U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl are unlikely to be tested in court because judges are reluctant to intervene in political disputes, legal experts said.

But that is unlikely to stop the political firestorm. Republicans have attacked the Obama administration’s decision not to consult Congress before exchanging the Taliban detainees for Bergdahl, and resentment is growing among former fellow soldiers who call him a deserter.

Jun 3, 2014

For fallen soldiers’ families, Bergdahl release stirs resentment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Robert Andrews believes his own son might still be alive if U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl had not gone missing from his Afghan guard post on June 30, 2009.

As Bergdahl emerges from five years of Taliban captivity, former comrades are accusing him of walking away from his unit and prompting a massive manhunt they say cost the lives of at least six fellow soldiers, including Andrews’ 34-year-old son, Darryn, a second lieutenant.

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