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Will Pulling 10,000 Troops Out of Afghanistan Be Good Enough?

President Obama will likely announce that 10,000 American soldiers will withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of this year, an number that many top military officials think is too high and many American voters think is too low.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:40pm

Hill's Tune Inn Bar Damaged in Fire

Firefighters were called Wednesday morning to the Tune Inn, a popular watering hole on Capitol Hill, where a fire gutted the bar's back kitchen, The Washington Post reported.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:40pm

CBO Releases Daunting Long-Term Outlook

Increasing federal debt will be a growing burden on government action, crowding out lawmakers’ ability to adopt tax and spending priorities in good times and reducing flexibility during recessions, all while making a fiscal crisis more likely and hindering long-term growth, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

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

How Vince Gray Can Get His Groove Back

Less than six months into his mayorality, Democratic Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's favorability has plummeted, according to a Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll that also shows that Gray has thus far fallen short of his pledge to unify the District as "One City," regardless of race, class or neighborhood.

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

New Reports to Show Gingrich's Second Credit Line of Credit at Tiffany

The rain just keeps falling from the personal storm cloud that seems to have formed over Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign.

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

Huntsman Plays Up Credentials as He Makes the Rounds on TV

The morning after Jon Huntsman announced his presidential bid in New Jersey’s Liberty State Park, the former Utah governor made the rounds on morning talk shows.

Questions focused on the economy and President Obama’s Wednesday-night speech on a troop drawdown in Afghanistan.

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

Five Best Wednesday Columns

Maureen Dowd on Saudi Women  "It would have been thrilling, of course, if Hillary Clinton had channeled Aaron Sorkin and smacked around the barbaric Saudi men who force women to huddle under a suffocating black tarp," The New York Times' Maureen Dowd writes.

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

Manchin Seeks to Deflect McCain's Criticism

Less than 24 hours after Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., blasted Sen. Joe Manchin on the Senate floor for being uninformed and ignorant of history in his rigid pleas for rapid troop withdrawal in Afghanistan, the West Virginia Democrat took to the morning news circuit Wednesday to say that McCain “is right—I don't have the experience he's had.”

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

Sarah Palin's Bus Tour May Not Reach Iowa and South Carolina

When Sarah Palin said that her bus tour would not only hit New Hampshire, but Iowa and and South Carolina, too, it was taken as a sign that she was serious about a presidential campaig after all.

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

AP: Millions of Early Retirees Could Qualify for Medicaid

About 3 million early retirees will qualify for Medicaid after the 2014 expansion of the public insurance program because of a change in how income is calculated, according to the Associated Press.

Under the health care law, most Social Security benefits would no longer be counted as income in determining eligibility. Because of that, a married couple with a combined annual income of $64,000 would still qualify for the insurance program for the poor.

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