Barack Obama

Obama Slows Troop Drawdown in Afghanistan

President Obama said the U.S. will keep about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan this year, as that country’s leaders had asked he SLOW the process of removing troops by 2017. “This flexibility reflects a reinvigoration in our partnership with Afghanistan,” Obama said at a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Tuesday. Obama had previously said he wanted to draw down the remaining 9,800 troops to about half that number…


Yemeni President Flees as Rebels Take Base Vacated by U.S. Special Forces

Iran-backed Houthi rebels are advancing on Aden SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s embattled president fled his Aden home Wednesday for an undisclosed location as Shiite rebels neared his last refuge, five officials told The Associated Press. Hadi fled just hours after the rebels’ own television station said they seized an air base where U.S. troops and Europeans advised the country in its fight against al-Qaida militants. That air base is only…


Twitter Rolls Out ‘Quality Filter’ to Combat Abuse

Feature targets spam and threatening tweets Some lucky Twitter users soon won’t have to see tweets that are spammy or abusive. The social network is rolling out a new feature called the “quality filter,” which will automatically screen out Twitter mentions that come from suspicious accounts, are abusive or threatening or contain duplicate content. The tweets won’t be deleted from Twitter but they will no longer show up in the…


Ted Cruz Is Signing Up for Obamacare

Despite being vehemently opposed to Obamacare Ted Cruz is signing up for insurance under President Obama’s health care law. The Texas Republican Senator and newly-announced presidential candidate, known for his staunch opposition to the Affordable Care Act, told CNN on Tuesday that he will be joining the millions of Americans enrolled in insurance under the law. “I believe we should follow the text of every law, even [a] law I…


Clinton Jokes About Private Email and ‘Complicated’ Press Relationship

At a dinner honoring the winner of the Robin Toner Prize Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joked on Monday about her famously contentious relationship with the press and her private email account. Just weeks before Clinton is set to make her 2016 presidential candidacy official, she appeared at dinner honoring longtime Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz, the winner of the Robin Toner Prize, an award from Syracuse University for…


Democrats refuse to take back charges of racism over Lynch nom

Democrats refuse to retract their accusations that the voting delay on Loretta Lynch’s attorney general nomination is racially motivated, despite GOP protestations otherwise. The two-time U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York would be the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to delay a vote on her confirmation by the full Senate until the chamber completes consideration of sex…


How is ISIS luring Westerners?

A group of medical students — including an American, seven Britons and a Canadian — may be the latest Westerners to join ISIS. It’s become a familiar story: Young people give up their futures in Western democratic nations to join the terrorist network establishing a self-declared Islamic state in the Middle East. Last month, three teenage British girls suspected of wanting to join ISIS may have gone to Syria, authorities…


Windows 10 is coming this summer

Windows 10 is just a few months away. Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) still hasn’t given an exact date, but the company announced that Windows 10 would launch sometime this summer. That’s a little more specific than “later this year,” which had been Microsoft’s mantra up until Wednesday. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for current Windows 7 and 8.1 users, as well as Windows Phone 8.1 customers. Microsoft hasn’t yet…


Rand Paul knocks soon-to-be rival Ted Cruz

Once supportive Senate colleagues — they stood in for each other during their respective marathon Senate speeches — soon-to-be rivals Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are decidedly less chummy these days. Paul made it clear Monday night he plans on waging a debate against his fellow tea party Republican, Cruz, who on Monday declared himself a presidential candidate. “Right now, I’m the only one that beats Hillary Clinton in…


For Hillary Clinton, sharp tweets foreshadow imminent campaign

At speaking engagements and paid appearances over the past year, Hillary Clinton has cast herself as a relationship-building politician who argues that spending time with people you disagree with can fix Washington’s dysfunction. That’s not the message coming through on Clinton’s Twitter account, though, a platform the former secretary of state has turned into her main venue for political messages that bashes Republicans. The recent uptick in partisan tweets foreshadows…