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Jul 5, 2010
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A ‘critical moment’ in Afghanistan


U.S. General David Petraeus made no mention of July 2011 as he formally took command of international troops in Afghanistan fighting a growing Taliban insurgency.

“We are in this to win,” Petreaus said at the change-of-command ceremony on Sunday in Kabul.  Petreaus is also charged with starting a drawdown of U.S. forces a year from now — President Barack Obama’s stated goal.

Jul 5, 2010
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Biden finds irony in Iraq palace


Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill,  spent Independence Day on a mission to Iraq, visiting with some of the 80,000 U.S. troops still serving there.

The visit included a naturalization ceremony for about 150 service members who chose the holiday to become U.S. citizens.

Jul 1, 2010
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‘Twilight’ falls at Kagan hearing


There is no escaping the “Twilight” juggernaut. Not even on Capitol Hill.

The teen vampire romance saga that’s captivated a gazillion youthful fans managed to seep into Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing Wednesday, thanks to a probing question from Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Before inquiring about Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, Briscoe v. Virginia and other cases that have come before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Minnesota Democrat raised the burning question in the great “Twilight” debate: Edward or Jacob?  Kagan declined to weigh in on the topic. The senator quickly moved on.

Jun 30, 2010
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Humor in the hearing room


On day-two of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing, she didn’t reveal much about her specific views on a wide range of issues over nine hours.

But now we know the U.S. Solicitor General can be funny. Very funny.

Kagan repeatedly disarmed lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary panel with a quick sense of humor.

Jun 30, 2010
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McChrystal gets to keep his 4 stars


General Stanley McChrystal will go out with all the benefits of a four-star general, even though he hasn’t been in the position long enough to retire with that rank.

McChrystal was fired last week as the top U.S. commander  in Afghanistan. President Obama relieved McChrystal of his command after the general and his aides were quoted in a “Rolling Stone” article disparaging the president, vice president and top White House advisers involved in the war effort.

Jun 28, 2010

Obama endorses plan to boost wireless broadband

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama endorsed on Monday plans by regulators to nearly double the spectrum now available for wireless devices.

The White House announced a plan modeled after proposals by the Federal Communications Commission to free up 500 megahertz of spectrum over the next 10 years to meet the demand for laptop computers and smartphones such as Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) popular iPhone.

Jun 22, 2010

U.S. indirectly funding Afghan warlords – House report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is indirectly paying tens of millions of dollars in protection money to Afghan warlords, and potentially to the Taliban, to secure convoys carrying supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, congressional investigators said in a report.

The Pentagon’s system of outsourcing to private companies the task of moving supplies in Afghanistan, and leaving it up to them to provide their own security, frees U.S. troops to focus on counterinsurgency.

Jun 18, 2010

US FDA demands Philip Morris marketing documents

WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators demanded on
Thursday that cigarette maker Philip Morris turn over all
market research material on Marlboro Lights, citing concern
over an advertisement for the brand.

In a letter to Philip Morris parent company Altria Group,
Inc (MO.N: Quote, Profile, Research), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it was
concerned about advertisements, or “onserts,” attached to packs
of Marlboro Lights.

Jun 17, 2010
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BP chief apologizes… again


One day in Washington — two apologies from BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg.

The second apology came for referring to Gulf coast residents  devastated by his company’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as “small people.”

“I spoke clumsily this afternoon and for that I am very sorry,” Svanberg said in a statement after his “small people” comment earlier on Wednesday drew widespread ridicule and condemnation.

Jun 9, 2010
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Bill and Hill catch Dinner in Bogota


U.S. Secretary of  State Hillary Clinton caught a rare dinner with her husband Bill in Bogota on Tuesday.

Where did they eat? A local steakhouse. Who paid? Unknown.

The Colombia tete-a-tete marked a rare overseas schedule intersection for the Clintons, who each spend lots of time on the road — he for his foundation, she for the State Department.

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      "Night desk reporter in the Washington Bureau. Holds a Masters degree in Interactive Journalism and currently working on merging new media skills with old media experience. Prior to joining Reuters, worked in broadcasting at two other international wire services (which I won't name here). A perpetual piano student, and not very good, which is perfect for my secret ambition -- lounge piano player."
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