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The Ten-Year Tragedy

Donald Rumsfeld made his first visit to Afghanistan in mid-December of 2001, shortly after the fall of the Taliban government.  It was, perhaps, the last moment of unalloyed triumph in the decade-long conflict that was to become known as the “war on terror.” Scarcely eight weeks had passed since 9/11. The U.S. bombing campaign had begun on Oct. 7, 2001—ten years ago this week – and now the United States was in total control of Afghan cities. Using almost no ground troops, the U.S.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 6:40am

Nevada to Hold GOP Caucus on Jan. 14

Nevada Republicans said late Wednesday they have decided to hold their first-in-the-West GOP presidential caucus on Jan. 14, 2012.

The date of Nevada’s caucus became a hot issue when Arizona decided to move its to Feb. 28, followed by Florida’s decision last week to move to Jan. 31. The Republican National Committee had sought to discourage such moves. That led the four carve-out early states -- Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada -- to seek new dates to maintain the agreed-upon order.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 11:40pm

Senate Panel Plans USF Hearing

Universal Service Reform is headed to Capitol Hill.

The Senate Commerce Committee is planning a hearing on the Federal Communications Commission's effort to overhaul an $8 billion phone fund, slated for Oct. 12, according Hill and industry sources.

Genachowski will release an outline of his proposal in a speech on Thursday. The commission will vote on the proposal on Oct. 27.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:40pm

No Comfort for Obama in W.Va.

By Sean Sullivan and Julie Sobel

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:40pm

Obama, Others Remember Steve Jobs

The White House issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:40pm

Obama on Steve Jobs: 'The World Has Lost a Visionary'

The White House issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 9:40pm

Senate Republicans to Block Chinese Currency Bill

In an unexpected move, Senate Republicans will vote against a bill to crack down on China’s manipulation of its currency, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated Wednesday.

"The China currency bill is highly unlikely to pass" in a cloture vote set for Thursday, McConnell said in an appearance on CNBC Wednesday night. Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly to take up the bill in a 79-19 vote on Monday.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 9:40pm

Apple Cofounder Steve Jobs Dies

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, who put together one of the world’s most successful companies with pals in a garage, has died, the company announced on Wednesday. He was 56.

(PICTURES: Jobs Through The Years)

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 9:40pm

Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Dies

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who put together one of the world’s most successful companies with pals in a garage, had died, the company announced on Wednesday. He was 56.

Jobs had fought for years against a rare form of cancer called a neuroendocrine tumor, but had kept his health mostly private despite open speculation about his increasingly gaunt appearance and lengthy medical leaves.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 8:40pm

AP: Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Has Died

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died, the Associated Press reports.

(PICTURES: Steve Jobs Through the Years)

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 8:40pm