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In Deficit Debate, Why Isn't Social Security on the Table?

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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 11:40pm

National Security Insiders Equally Divided Over Obama's New Afghanistan Strategy

National Journal’s National Security Insiders are divided down the middle over whether President Obama’s plan to withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year will give the military enough time to accomplish its goals during the spring fighting season. In an instant poll conducted within 15 minutes of Obama’s speech, a narrow majority also said Obama's plan to withdraw all 33,000 surge troops by the end of next summer risks jeopardizing recent gains.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 10:40pm

The Primary Concern

Republicans and Democrats alike rely on a favored talking point when they make the case that one of their vulnerable seats is safer than it seems: The other guys are going to have a nasty primary, one that divides their base while sapping resources and leaving a bruised winner.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 9:40pm

Obama's Choice: A Partial Exit, With Re-election in Mind

Don't kid yourself. President Obama’s decision to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan before he stands for re-election is not driven by the United States’ “position of strength” in the war zone as much as it is by grim economic and political realities at home.

A sagging economy, a soaring national debt, and an increasingly restive Congress pushed Obama to order troop reductions that are both deeper and faster than recommended by his military commanders.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 9:40pm

TEXT: Obama: 'Our Mission Will Change from Combat to Support'

Following is President Obama's speech on Afghanistan, as prepared for delivery:

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 8:40pm

Brass Knuckles Out In Nevada Senate Race

The extended jousting between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and a long-shot Democratic Senate candidate from his home state, Byron Georgiou, continued Wednesday, capped by Georgiou's resignation from the board of a Nevada company.

The developments were the latest escalation in an intra-party fight in which Reid appears to be trying to clear the field for Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., the Democratic front-runner in the race to challenge Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 8:40pm

Obama Announces 33,000-Troop Cut From Afghanistan

President Obama has ordered 33,000 U.S. troops out of Afghanistan in the next 14 months with 10,000 to be withdrawn by the end of this year. The decision, announced in a televised address to the nation from the White House, will leave almost 70,000 American troops enmeshed in what has become the longest war in American history.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 8:40pm

Biden Group to Continue Meetings

Lawmakers who are negotiating a bipartisan deficit-reduction plan with Vice President Joe Biden met on Wednesday for three hours and are set to meet on Thursday and possibly again Friday as they ramp up efforts to get an agreement in principle ahead a self-imposed July 1 deadline.

“It went fine,” said House Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., of Wednesday’s meeting.

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said the group was “making progress” but declined to say anything further.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 8:40pm

Today's e-Reads Updated: No Peek For You, Samsung

If Samsung wants a look at the Apple's iPhone 5 and iPad 3, it's going to have to buy them, a U.S. judge ruled Tuesday.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 7:40pm

Floor Debate Delayed on Patent Bill

Delays and more delays -- floor debate on the House patent bill has been delayed until Wednesday evening and could get pushed back even more. A spokeswoman for Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said a final vote is now expected on Friday. Read full coverage of why here.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 7:40pm