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Special Ops Nominee Defends Night Raids in Afghan War

Vice Adm. William McRaven, the man who commanded the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, on Tuesday defended the use of night raids by U.S. special operation forces in Afghanistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has argued that the stealth kill-or-capture missions carried out in the dead of night have left too many innocent civilians dead and undermines the public’s trust in NATO forces and the Afghan government. Karzai has threatened to prohibit American forces from conducting such raids.

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

Ryan Opponent Promises Big Fundraising Quarter

KENOSHA, Wis. -- Highly touted 1st District Democratic recruit Rob Zerban said Tuesday that he will be posting "a big number" when he reports his 2nd quarter fundraising figures to the Federal Election Commission. The second quarter ends on June 30. This will be Zerban's first FEC report, as he announced his campaign in April.

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

: Coming to a Presidential Campaign Near You. Or Not.

Between the telltale visits to the early primary states and the big crowds, you’d think these folks were running for president. But they’re not. Not yet, at least.

Between the telltale visits to the early primary states and the big crowds, you’d think these folks were running for president. But they’re not. Not yet, at least.

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

Senate Panel Authorizes Libya Operations, With Conditions

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution on Tuesday authorizing U.S. military operations in Libya with limitations on President Obama’s authority, including a legally binding prohibition on the use of U.S. ground troops for any activities.

The resolution was approved 14-5, with all Democrats voting for it.

(MORE: Senators, administration clash over Libya operations)

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 4:40pm

Lagarde Elected to Top IMF Post

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde was elected the managing director of the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday. She is the first woman to head the IMF since the institution began in 1944.

The 24-member IMF executive board interviewed the final two candidates for the position, Mexican central bank governor Agustin Carstens and Lagarde, last week. “Based on the candidate profile that had been established, the Executive Board, after considering all relevant information on the candidacies, proceeded to select Ms. Lagarde by consensus,” the IMF said in a statement.

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 3:40pm

Senators, Administration Clash Over Libya Operations

The State Department’s top legal adviser clashed with senators Tuesday over the Obama administration’s legal reasoning for why it does not need congressional authorization to conduct military operations in Libya.

“There is no good reason why President Obama has failed to seek congressional authorization to go to war in Libya,” said Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Richard Lugar, R-Ind., adding that he believes the U.S. military is intervening in a civil war in the North African country.

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 1:40pm

Hatch: Deal Struck on Trade Adjustment Assistance and Free Trade Deals

Sen. Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee confirmed Tuesday that lawmakers and the White House have landed a deal to renew Trade Adjustment Assistance and begin work on pending free trade agreements this week.

The Utah lawmaker said the Finance Committee will begin mock markups of the pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea on Thursday.

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 1:40pm

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Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 1:40pm

House Approves Use of Skype, ooVoo

Members of the House and their constituents can now get more face time with each other – on their computers.

On Tuesday, the House Administration Committee overcame security fears and finally approved the official use of Skype and ooVoo, video conferencing software that allows users to make calls over the Internet.

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 1:40pm

China Still Betting Big on U.S. Debt

If the U.S. Treasury were to default, who would be left holding the bag?

Foreign investors and governments hold about $4.4 trillion in Treasury securities, slightly less than half of the U.S. government’s publicly held debt. China is by far the biggest of those foreign creditors, with nearly $1.2 trillion in Treasury holdings, and that was an increase of almost 30 percent from a year earlier.

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 1:40pm