Obama strikes back at GOP critics on gas prices

  President Barack Obama is hitting back at Republican criticism of his energy policies and his role in controlling gasoline prices. Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to underscore his administration’s work to develop alternative energy sources and increase fuel efficiency. “I’m going to keep doing everything I can to help you save money on gas, both […]

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US soldier kills 16 Afghans, deepening crisis

An American soldier opened fire on villagers near his base in southern Afghanistan Sunday and killed 16 civilians, according to President Hamid Karzai, who called it an “assassination” and furiously demanded an explanation from Washington. Nine children and three women were among the dead. The killing spree deepened a crisis between U.S. forces and their Afghan hosts over Americans burning […]

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Iran says new chapter is open; dismisses speculation on nuclear weapons

  Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency reiterated Thursday that his country “is ready to re-engage with IAEA,” amid growing pressure from world powers over its controversial nuclear program. “A new chapter (has) opened,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh told reporters at the IAEA board of governors meeting in Vienna. But he said his country “will never ever suspend our […]

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Unemployment Applications Rise Slightly; Overall Levels Remain Low

  Slightly more people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week. But the overall level stayed low enough to suggest the job market is strengthening. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications increased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, the highest level since January. The four-week average, which smooths week-to-week fluctuations, ticked up to 355,000. That’s roughly in […]

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Caucus Belli

  When the defense budget begins tightening, nervous lawmakers don’t circle the wagons – they set up a caucus. That’s what happened earlier this week as about a dozen lawmakers created the Congressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus. It’s no doubt driven, in part, by the Air Force’s just-announced plan to trim its transport fleet (see second item here). “Air mobility […]

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