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Karzai: Plans to Transfer Security in Afghanistan On Track Despite Attack

Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledged that the highly orchestrated and deadly militant attack on a luxury hotel in his country's capital would not delay the transfer of security control back to local forces.

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 9:40am

Majority Generally Support Afghan Withdrawal, But They Diverge on Timing

As public support for the decade-long war in Afghanistan continues to wane, 72 percent of Americans generally endorse President Obama’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. But when it comes to the nitty-gritty of the plan’s timing, Americans are divided into nearly equal thirds over whether the withdrawal’s timetable is just right, too quick, or too slow.

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 8:40am

Team Obama Strikes Back

Hours before President Obama is scheduled to hold his first press conference in three months, a new independent-expenditure SuperPAC formed by several of his former aides is up on the air in several battleground states with an ad responding to GOP criticisms of his record.

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 8:40am

Chuck Todd: What I Read

How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all? What sources can't they live without? We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts and the literary world, to hear their answers to these questions. This is drawn from a conversation with Chuck Todd, NBC News chief White House correspondent and host of MSNBC's The Daily Rundown.

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 8:40am

Video: Blagojevich Convicted of a 'Chicago Dozen'; Bachmann Tells her 'Story of America'

Jon Stewart is amazed that another former Illinois Governor has been convicted of a felony, "Let's say you're the present governor of Illinois. And you're in a room with a former Governor of Illinois on your right and a former Governor of Illinois on your left, chances are the room you're in is jail."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 2:00 to watch Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., tell her, "Story of America."

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Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 8:40am

I Tweet for Freedom

If there is a single lesson that can already be distilled from the Arab Spring democracy movements sweeping through the Middle East, it is this: social media is mightier than the sword. Despots who once ruled in blacked-out realms are now challenged by flash mobs organized over the internet and wielding thousands of cell phone portals to the outside world.

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 6:40am

Foreign Policy Opens Fissures in GOP

What’s driving the sudden fissures between Republican presidential candidates on foreign policy?

Whether history, deficits, or politics, the foreign policy splits amount to the most substantive disagreements among the candidates on any policy issue. Even as economic concerns remain paramount, those differences could go a long way toward determining which candidate wins the nomination. 

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 6:40am

Nerves Show on Team Obama

It’s been a rough June for the White House. Instead of being able to run a campaign taking credit for economic improvement, President Obama will, according to the latest forecasts, be trying to win four more years amid a grim economy next year. The president’s reelection team, once hoping to run on a “Morning in America” theme now doesn’t have that luxury.  No wonder, the president’s advisers over the past month have been making moves that suggest they’re awfully concerned about his prospects: 

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 9:40pm

FBI Probing Possible Contracting Fraud at Arlington Cemetery

The scandal over the mishandling remains buried at Arlington National Cemetery has reached the Justice Department, with the FBI probing the issue and looking into contracting fraud and falsifying records, The Washington Post is reporting.

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 8:40pm

On the Ground: Understanding the Drawdown in Afghanistan

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Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 8:40pm