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Karzai Says Afghanistan, U.S. in Peace Talks with Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged in a news conference Saturday that his government and the United States are engaged in peace talks with the Taliban, according to media reports.

  "Peace negotiations with the Taliban and other countrymen have been started," Karzai said, according to a video of the news conference posted on the website of British daily The Telegraph.

 

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 9:40am

PICTURES: The Year in Cyberattacks

2011 has seen a rapid increase in the number of data security breaches. With information giants such as Google and government entities from the Senate to the CIA being hacked, millions of people have had their personal information jeopardized. Take a look at some of the biggest violations of privacy to occur in cyberspace this year.

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Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 8:40am

White House Acknowledges Pentagon's Lawyer Disagreed About War Powers

The White House acknowledged late Friday that the Pentagon’s top lawyer and the Attorney General believe that the U.S.’s military actions against Libya amount to “hostilities,” a position that contravenes a theory espoused by the administration in a white paper sent to Congress Thursday.

Still, the White House insists that the Justice Department and the Defense Department believe that President Obama’s view is a reasonable and legitimate interpretation of the War Powers Act.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 11:40pm

DeMint Might Target GOP Debt Ceiling Defectors

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Sen. Jim DeMint isn't planning to target any of his fellow Republican senators for defeat this year, but that could change if incumbents end up voting to raise the federal debt limit, he said Friday.

Addressing the Republican Leadership Conference here, DeMint said his Senate Conservatives Fund would aim to raise $15 million for favored candidates during the 2012 elections. In an interview later, he said he isn't trying to oust any colleagues now, but that could change.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 9:40pm

IMF Cuts Forecast for U.S. Economy, Warns Action on Deficits Needed

The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for economic growth in the United States on Friday, warning that quick action on budget deficits is needed, according to a report from Reuters.

The IMF predicted that economic growth in the United States would grow at a miserly 2.5 percent in 2011 and 2.7 percent in 2012.

 

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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

Perry Aides Priming the Pump in Iowa

The Associated Press is reporting that top advisers to Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry are making inquiries about the Iowa caucuses, should the conservative stalwart decide to jump into the race.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

Bachmann Pitches From The Second Tier

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- If there's one thing second tier Republican presidential candidates have over the front-runners, it's their ability to fire up a crowd. So while activists at the Republican Leadership Conference here aren't going to have the chance to see the biggest names in the GOP field, they are instead being treated to a rich diet of red meat from candidates like Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rep. Ron Paul, businessman Herman Cain and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

Yes He Can? Obama Tries to Reignite the Magic

President Obama's reelection campaign will begin flexing its organizing muscles Saturday as it holds a series of nationwide events to begin registering voters and inviting supporters to officially declare, "I'm in."

The campaign has been raising money and reaching out to potential supporters since April 4, when the president filed reelection papers. But tomorrow could be an early indicator of just how much work Obama has to do to put his vaunted grassroots network back together.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

Obama Administration Ends Health Care Waivers

The Obama administration is getting rid of health care waivers in September, after defending them from conservative critics who said the administration was showing favoritism in how they were handed out.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

Do Not Ask Chris Christie Where His Kids Go To School

New Jersey Governor Chis Christie doesn't like it when reporters ask him to provide details on his meetings with Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.Nor, apparently, is he fond of New Jersey voters asking him seemingly reasonable questions about why he sends his kids to private schools. He made that clear when the subject came up during an appearance on local PBS call-in show On The Line last night. "It's none of your business," snarled Christie.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 5:40pm