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U.S. Troop Withdrawal Motivated by Iraqi Insistence, Not U.S. Choice

President Obama’s speech formally declaring that the last 43,000 U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year was designed to mask an unpleasant truth: The troops aren’t being withdrawn because the U.S. wants them out. They’re leaving because the Iraqi government refused to let them stay.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 3:40pm

U.S. Announces New Meeting With North Korea

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced it would hold another round of direct discussions with North Korea next week and would assign a new special envoy to focus full time on engagement with Pyongyang, The New York Times reported (see GSN, Oct. 19).

"It’s important to stress this is a change in personnel, not a change in policy," Toner told reporters.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 3:40pm

Congressional Reaction to Obama's Iraq Announcement

Below are reactions from members of Congress to President Obama's announcement on Friday afternoon that "America's war in Iraq is over."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.:

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif.:

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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 2:40pm

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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 2:40pm

Facebook, Google Drop More Cash on Lobbyists

My colleague Josh Smith reports on tech industry lobbying : Battling antitrust investigations and pressure from Capitol Hill, Google has once again ramped up lobbying expenditures, topping out at $2.38 million in the third quarter, according to the latest disclosures. The tech giant's Washington presence has grown over the past year. Google's third-quarter spending a year ago was $1.2 million.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 2:40pm

Iowa Debate Moves to Dec. 19

An Iowa presidential deabte begin co-sponsored by The Des Moines Register and PBS Newshour has been rescheduled for December 19, the paper announced Friday.

The debate was originally scheduled for January 12, in Johnston, Iowa, but had to be moved after the state Republican party selected January 3rd for their first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 2:40pm

Facing Scrutiny, Google and Facebook Drop More Money on Lobbyists

Battling antitrust investigations and pressure from Capitol Hill, Google has once again ramped up lobbying expenditures, topping out at $2.38 million in the third quarter, according to the latest disclosures.

The tech giant's Washington presence has grown over the past year. Google’s third-quarter spending a year ago was $1.2 million. But regulatory probes of its business practices and criticism over privacy have put the company on the defensive.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 2:40pm

U.S. Troop Withdrawal Motivated by Iraqi Insistence, Not U.S. Choice

President Obama’s speech formally declaring that the last 43,000 U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year was designed to mask an unpleasant truth: The troops aren’t being withdrawn because the U.S. wants them out. They’re leaving because the Iraqi government refused to let them stay.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 2:40pm

Key Bachmann Aide in New Hampshire Quits, Joins Perry

The entire paid New Hampshire staff for Republican candidate Michele Bachmann has resigned en masse, two news organizations are reporting.

The entire paid New Hampshire staff for Republican candidate Michele Bachmann has resigned en masse, two news organizations are reporting.

And, CBS and National Journal confirmed today that Caroline Gilger, the Southern New Hampshire field director, has quit and is joining the campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 2:40pm

How business lobbyists secretly paved the way for the FTAs

I've got a feature in this week's National Journal that tells the story of how the business community secretly influenced the trade deals that passed last week. The piece is filled with behind-the-scenes details including a 2 a.m. phone call between the Obama administration and the Chamber, an animated West Wing meeting among Austan Goolsbee, Valerie Jarrett and the CEO of Caterpillar and enough back-channel intrigue to fill, well, a 2,200-word magazine article. 

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 2:40pm