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Mastermind of 9/11 Attacks Designed a Vacuum Cleaner From His CIA Prison

July 11, 2013 The man long-considered the most responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has been in prison a long time—so long that he appears to have had time to reinvent common household appliances. A new report from the Associated Press claims that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was captured by the CIA ...

The Afghanistan Negotiations Are Not Going Well

July 10, 2013 Just when it seemed like all the sides were ready to come together to finally end the Afghanistan war, suddenly no one is talking to anyone and peace could not seem farther away. Less than a month after opening a diplomatic office to further the cause of a settlement, the ...

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The Afghanistan Negotiations Are Not Going Well

July 9, 2013 Just when it seemed like all the sides were ready to come together to finally end the Afghanistan war, suddenly no one is talking to anyone and peace could not seem farther away. Less than a month after opening a diplomatic office to further the cause of a settlement, the ...

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A New Reconstruction of the Deadly Night in Benghazi

July 8, 2013 A new book purports to tell the "untold story of the attack in Benghazi," but based on the excerpt published in the new Vanity Fair, the newer, more intimate details won't necessarily answer the larger questions about the attack. The excerpt from the upcoming book "Under Fire," focuses on the ...

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Bush Joins Obama in Remembering the African Embassy Bombings

July 2, 2013 The two American presidents whose administrations have been defined by the war on terror met in Africa Tuesday to honor some of that war's earliest victims. Barack Obama wrapped up his tour of the continent with a stop in Tanzania on Tuesday, where he was met by George W. Bush, ...

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Do-Nothing Congress Somehow Manages to Do Even Less

July 1, 2013 The 112th Congress (2011-2013, R.I.P.) was relentlessly mocked for its amazing ability to not get things done, but the new edition is on pace to set an even greater standard for futility. The 112th, which ended its last session on January 3, passed 220 laws, the fewest of any Congress ...

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Senate Votes to Double Border Security Agents

June 25, 2013 Late last night, a group of Republicans Senators teamed up with Democrats to pass an important amendment to the immigration reform bill, but that still might not be enough to save the larger package of laws. The "border surge," which passed by a 67-27 vote will double the number of ...

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Are Afghan Troops Really 'Getting Good Enough' to Take Over for NATO?

June 18, 2013 Afghanistan's military formally took over responsibility for its own security on Tuesday, accepting the handoff from NATO forces, whether security forces there are ready or not. At a brief ceremony in Kabul this morning, Western forces handed the lead responsibility for all security operations to the Afghanistan's national forces, the ...

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Obama's Approval Ratings Have Taken a Huge Hit After Scandals

June 17, 2013 A new CNN poll shows President Obama's approval ratings taking a nose dive in recent weeks, a development that is probably not unrelated to the deluge of second-term scandals that have taken over the media. The poll, conducted in the middle of last week, shows the president's disapproval rating at ...

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Was a U.S. Ambassador Really Soliciting Prostitutes, and Who Covered It Up?

June 10, 2013 CBS News claims that several criminal investigations involving State Department employees, including at least one ambassador, were covered up or ignored in order to avoid embarrassing the diplomatic service. According to a memo written by the department's Inspector General's office, several members of the Diplomatic Security Service, which is in ...