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Senate Dems to Obama: Quicken Drawdown From Afghanistan

A group of 27 senators—including much of the Democratic leadership—have signed on to a letter calling on President Obama to begin a “sizable and sustained” U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan this summer, the latest indication of the war’s deepening unpopularity on Capitol Hill.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 2:40pm

Highlights From Congressional Financial-Disclosure Records

Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan disclosed that the conservative Heritage Foundation reimbursed him for travel, food, and lodging in January 2010, while Rep. Ron Paul took out a loan for up to $500,000 in 2010, according to financial-disclosure records of House and Senate members for 2010.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 1:40pm

Loughner Hearing Transcripts Add Confusion, Not Clarity

Jared Loughner's outburst in court last month led many news reports on the hearing, and likely helped seal the judge's decision to send him back to a federal mental hospital. But what did he say exactly?

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 1:40pm

Pentagon in Search of 'Secret' Farmers for Afghanistan

Why is the U.S. sending farmers with high security clearance to Afghanistan?

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 1:40pm

Emotions Run High at Radicalization Hearing

Settling into yet another controversial hearing, Rep. Peter King had words for those who criticize his narrow focus on Muslim radicalization: He called it "mindless hysteria." The Republican from New York and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday concentrated on radicalization of inmates in American prisons.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 1:40pm

Lieberman to Submit Reconfigured Biosecurity Bill

Sen. Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., announced on Tuesday that he would reintroduce legislation intended to boost security measures at the country's biological-research laboratories and strengthen federal efforts against potential bioterrorist attacks.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 1:40pm

Lawmakers Sue Obama and Gates Over Libya

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has filed a federal lawsuit against President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, asking a court to prevent the administration from using U.S. funds for military action in Libya.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 1:40pm

PICTURES: Photo of the Day

Every day, we bring you the top photo of the day. Here is a collection of these photos.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 1:40pm

What We Can Learn from the 'Most Offensive Political Ad Ever'

A conservative group has posted a racist and sexist ad attacking Janice Hahn, the Democratic candidate in a special election for a California congressional seat, for letting gangsters out of jail "so they could rape and kill again." The Turn Right USA video features black guys with AKs stuffing dollar bills into the panties of a woman who's supposed to be Hahn while they sing a little jingle with lines like "Give u

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 1:40pm

Weiner Lionized as Left-Wing Savior

For a brief moment last week, the country came together to collectively roll its eyes at the sexting scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner. Republicans responded with predictable outrage and liberals conceded and even joined in (after cycling through five stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance).

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 1:40pm