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Quick Take: Obama: U.S. Wants Drone Back

President Obama on Monday acknowledged that Iran is in possession of a U.S. drone that went missing last week and said the United States wants it back.

“With respect to the drone inside of Iran, I'm not going to comment on intelligence matters that are classified,” Obama said when asked about the drone at a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. “As has already been indicated, we have asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond.”

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

Milestones of the Iraq War -- PICTURES

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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

Quitter's Remorse: Ex-Gingrich Staffer Asks to Come Back

Newt Gingrich's campaign comeback is so total that one of dozen staffers who quit his campaign in June is publicly begging to be rehired.

"Newt, if I let you down, I'm sorry," Rick Tyler told NPR's Guy Raz, showering his former boss with praise -- "the smartest political strategist in the country bar none," and noting, "I should have had the long view which Newt did."

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

Obama: War in Iraq Is Ending, New Day Is Upon Us

As President Obama hailed the end of U.S. military intervention in Iraq, Washington will continue to closely consult with Baghdad on regional security matters, including monitoring violence in Syria and the possible interference of Iran now that U.S. troops are departing.

"This is a historic moment," Obama said Monday during a visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. "A war is ending. A new day is upon us and let us never forget those who gave us this chance."

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

Now Called Academi, Blackwater Wants to Go Back to Iraq

The security company that became so notorious for its violent scrapes in Iraq that it changed its name after being booted from the country now wants back in, rebranded with a new name meant to make it sound "boring."

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

Report: Long-Term Unemployed and Underemployed Are Delaying Care

Unemployed and underemployed Americans are putting off needed medical care because of the cost, according to an NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation survey released on Monday.

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

Quarterbacking Our Country: Tebow Style

Last night, watching Denver quarterback Tim Tebow’s post-game press appearance and President Obama’s interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes, I was struck by the fact that one man is offering his team (and the country actually) the leadership they need while the other is trapped in traditional discourse and scoring political points. 

Tebow is not even close to the most physically talented quarterback in the NFL (and he probably isn’t even the most physically talented quarterback on his own team), but he has taken a team sitting in the cellar and lifted it up to playoff contention. 

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

Crossroads Will Drop Half Million Against Nelson

Updated at 12:31 p.m.

As Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., takes time over the holidays to consider whether he'll run for a third term, he might want to avoid turning on the television.

"We want Ben Nelson to recognize that 2012 will be an extraordinarily grueling proposition in the case he decides to run," said Jonathan Collegio, a Crossroads spokesman, in confirming the buy.

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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

Today's e-Reads: Leaked Results Bad for LightSquared, Apple Invades Grand Central

Government tests of LightSquared's network are not positive for the carrier, according to results leaked to The Wall Street Journal.

Apple opened a store in Grand Central in New York City, The Wall Street Journal reports. 

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

Gingrich Goes Negative Against Romney, Bachmann

LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- Well that didn’t take long.

After saying as recently as Saturday that he would keep his message positive, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich went negative on Monday, attacking rival Mitt Romney for “bankrupting companies” in his earlier life as the head of a private equity firm.

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 1:40pm