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Petraeus Would Endorse 30,000 Troops Home by End of 2012

Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, would endorse a presidential announcement that the 30,000 troops committed as part of a 2009 surge to the country would be back home by end of 2012, military and administration officials tell National Journal.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:40pm

PICTURES: Pageant Winners Make Political Strides

On Sunday night, Alyssa Campanella of California was crowned Miss USA 2011. Previous winners of Miss USA and the rival Miss America pageant have gone on to make political appearances or make political statements, ranging from lobbying for a piece of legislation to singing at President Obama's inauguration. Here's a look at the political work of some recent winners:

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Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:40pm

It's Politics: Say Something Edgy, Raise $1 Million

When Representative Michele Bachmann said President Obama held "anti-American views," she took a lot of criticism, but she also took in almost $1 million in campaign donations. The Washington Post's Dan Eggen and T.W. Farnam call this phenomenon the "money blurt"--a controversial soundbite that's not quite a gaffe but offers red meat to a politician's base.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:40pm

Interior Set to Announce Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Ban

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to announce today a long-term ban – perhaps up to 20 years -- on uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, a move that environmentalists will likely hail as a major victory and the mining industry is expected to slam. 

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:40pm

The Media Handicaps Huntsman a Day Before His Presidential Announcement

CORRECTION: The original version of this report misspelled Mark Halperin's and Zvika Krieger's names.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:40pm

Each Execution Has Cost California $308 Million Since 1978

Capital punishment is expensive! Since California reinstated the death penalty in 1978, it's executed 13 people and with a grand total of $4 billion in related spending, that works out to a cost of $308 million per person, reports the Los Angeles Times. The new findings come from a study by U.S. 9th Circuit Judge Arthur Alarcon and Loyola Law School professor Paula Mitchell. The goal of the study was to present options on how to curb state budget costs.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 11:40am

Jon Huntsman Looks Very Good on Paper

CORRECTION: The original version of this report misspelled Mark Halperin's and Zvika Krieger's names.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 11:40am

Huntsman Hires Three Veteran Florida Pols

Updated at 11:40 a.m.

As Jon Huntsman gears up for the opening of his presidential campaign headquarters in Orlando this week, he has tapped three well-known political consultants to help steer his Florida operation.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 10:40am

Internet Domains Expand From '.com' to Pretty Much Anything

Internet addresses will soon be freed from the mundane choice of suffixes like ".com" or ".org," the organization that governs website addresses declared Monday in Singapore.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 10:40am

Jon Huntsman Looks Very Good on Paper

Jon Huntsman will announce he's running for president tomorrow with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop--just as Ronald Reagan did in 1980. Huntsman, the former governor of Utah and ambassador to China, isn't well-known among Republican voters, but the campaign launch is supposed to highlight his ties to Reagan, Politico's Mike Allen reports. With Republicans not all that enthusiastic about the current 2012 lineup, and former Minnesota Gov.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 10:40am