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Manchin: U.S. 'Staying Well Beyond Our Mission' in Afghanistan

Though his cries for an accelerated troop withdrawal from Afghanistan have lately been among the loudest on Capitol Hill, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Monday he wasn’t always against U.S. involvement in the country.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:40am

Let's Start With Charter Schools

"This country is in the midst of the most dynamic education-reform atmosphere I've seen in my tenure in Congress," was the observation of House Education and the Workforce Committee ranking member George Miller, D-Calif., when the panel approved new legislation last week to encourage more development of high-quality charter schools. "It will be a tremendous disservice if we don't take the opportunity before us to fix the federal system that supports our states, districts, and our schools," he said.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:40am

After 55 Years, Where Are We on Highways?

June 29 marks the 55th anniversary of President Eisenhower's signing of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, popularly known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act. The statute created the Highway Trust Fund, which was designed to pay for 90 percent of highway-construction costs. States were required to pay the remaining 10 percent of the costs. Eisenhower considered the project to be one of his most important accomplishments. "More than any single action by the government since the end of the war, this one would change the face of America....

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:40am

Administration Deploying 'Mystery Shoppers' to Assess Primary Care Physicians

The administration is planning to conduct a secret nationwide survey of primary care doctors in order to assess the availability of those doctors to patients as well as whether they are more inclined to accept patients with private insurance, which has higher reimbursement rates, The New York Times reports.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Bachmann Overdrive

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Crossroads GPS and House Majority PAC announce ad campaigns, Bachmann officially kicks off her campaign, coming off a great weekend with the Des Moines Register poll results. And there was an apparent brawl in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:40am

ICC Issues Arrest Warrants for Qaddafi, Son and Intel Chief

The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants on Monday for Libyan leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, his son and his intelligence chief for the Libyan government's brutal crackdown on protesters.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:40am

Video: Republican Edition of 'Real Housewives of DC'; Schwarzenegger is 'Up To His Old Tricks'

Bill Maher doesn't think Republicans should have walked out of the debt-ceiling negotiations, "Eric Cantor got mad at John Boehner because he went golfing with Obama and talked about stuff that Cantor wasn't in on. And that's it for this week's episode of Real Housewives of DC."

Jay Leno has a video of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, "up to his old tricks" in Austria.

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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:40am

Perry's Predicament: Does He Have Time to Build a National Campaign?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is still weeks away from a decision on joining the 2012 Republican presidential race, but his camp has already made some key decisions about how he would run if he does, according to his top political adviser.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 6:40am

U.S. to Begin 'Thinning Out' Its Afghan Forces

President Obama’s announcement last week that 10,000 troops would leave Afghanistan this year set off a political firestorm, with Democrats accusing Obama of withdrawing too few troops and Republicans accusing him of withdrawing too many.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 6:40am

In Iowa, Will Bachmann Cover All the Bases?

If the history books are to be believed, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s chances of winning the White House are slim. But as she launches her campaign Monday in the state where she was born and where other presidential long shots have been vaulted into contention, she boasts an advantage unique—at least so far—in the Republican field: her ability to appeal to both tea party activists and Christian evangelicals.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 6:40am