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Entries by Amanda Terkel from 02/2011

Afghan Civilian Deaths Hit Record Levels In 2010

Posted 02.01.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- At least 2,421 civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year, a record high since the U.S. invasion in 2001, according to a new report....

Tom Coburn To Pentagon: Get Finances In Order Or Face Deep Cuts

Posted 02.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Although many Republicans are still arguing that the Defense Department should be exempt from the belt-tightening the rest of the countr...

Military Downplays Key U.S. Objective In Afghanistan

Posted 02.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is contradicting comments by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen on whether a military o...

Pentagon Paid Billions To Contractors Suspended For Fraud

Posted 02.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The military paid a total of $285 billion to more than 100 contractors between 2007 and '09, even though those same companies were defra...

Lawmakers Press Pentagon To Give Veterans' Benefits To Service Members Discharged Under DADT

Posted 02.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Democratic lawmakers urged the Defense Department Thursday to allow all service members discharged under "don't ask, don't te...

How A Women's Bathroom Helped John Boehner Pull Off A Capitol Land Grab

Posted 02.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives split its first committee, Ways and Means, into two in 1865, creating the Committee on Banking and Cur...

Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As 'Accusers'

Posted 02.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state legislator in Georgia doesn't like the term rape "victim." In fact, he has introduced a bill mandating that state cri...

Alan Simpson: Deficit Reduction Proposals Are A 'Sparrow Belch In The Midst Of The Typhoon'

Posted 02.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former senator Alan Simpson, who co-chaired President Obama's debt commission, blasted lawmakers for refusing to take on Medicare, Medic...

John Kerry Seeks A 'Tweak' In Current Afghan War Strategy

Posted 02.06.2011 | World

UPDATE: The Boston Globe has issued a "clarification" to its original story, indicating that Kerry's disagreement with the current Afghanistan war str...

Obama To O'Reilly: U.S. Will Defeat Al Qaeda, Taliban Won't Retake Afghanistan

Posted 02.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is confident that the United States will be able to defeat al Qaeda and prevent the Taliban from regaining contro...

Poll: 72 Percent Of Americans Want Faster Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Posted 02.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wide majorities of Americans across the political spectrum favor accelerating the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, according ...

Rep. Jerrold Nadler: GOP Push To Restrict Abortion Access Could Hurt Religious Groups' Tax-Exempt Status (VIDEO)

Posted 02.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite campaigning on a platform of creating jobs and boosting the economy, some of the first pieces of legislation Republicans have ta...

'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding

Posted 02.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After significant public blowback, House Republicans last week promised to drop a controversial provision in their high-priority No Taxp...

Sharron Angle Backs GOProud Presence At CPAC: 'I Am Always In Favor Of Freedom' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Posted 02.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Asked Thursday whether the Republican gay-rights group GOProud should have been excluded from the annual Conservative Political Action C...

Nancy Pelosi: Women's Rights Face Greatest Threat 'In Our Lifetime'

Posted 02.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Women's reproductive rights are being seriously threatened by the Republican Party, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-C...

Graduate Students May Face Higher Debt Under Obama's Budget Plan (VIDEO)

Posted 02.13.2011 | College

WASHINGTON -- In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama promised that investment in education and getting the next generation of America...

Republican Lawmakers Face Grassroots Pressure Over 'War On Contraception'

Posted 02.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Women's-rights activists are taking the fight to preserve family-planning funding outside the Beltway, calling on grassroots activists t...

House Drafts More Than 400 Amendments To 2012 Budget Proposal

Posted 02.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since the House Appropriations Committee introduced its stopgap budget proposal late last week, lawmakers have introduced more than 400 ...

Russ Feingold Launches 'Progressives United' To Combat Corporate Influences In Politics

Posted 02.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When some senators retire, they decide to take lucrative lobbying jobs. Others go straight to Wall Street. But Wisconsin Democrat Russ ...

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Faces Backlash For Threatening Public Workers With National Guard

Posted 02.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Public employees around the country have become the nation's scapegoats for the rough economy, with many Republican politicians in recen...

DNC Expands Role In Labor Protests To Ohio, Indiana

Posted 02.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Building on the momentum in Wisconsin, where tens of thousands of protesters have turned out to oppose Republican Gov. Scott Walker's ef...

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Introduce Afghanistan Withdrawal Legislation

Posted 02.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Feb. 17, 2009, President Barack Obama announced that he would be sending 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan. The move, he argued, was ...

Wisconsin Protests: Russ Feingold Rallies Protesters In Madison

Posted 02.18.2011 | Politics

MADISON, WIS. -- Russ Feingold may no longer be in elected office, but he can still excite crowds of labor protesters who have rallied at the state's ...

Wisconsin Protests: Labor Protesters Call On Obama To Join Them In Madison

Posted 02.18.2011 | Politics

MADISON, WIS. -- President Obama has expressed more support for the protests over Gov. Scott Walker's (R) controversial budget proposal than perhaps a...

Democratic Strategy In Wisconsin: Kill The Bill, Then Recall Republicans From Office

Posted 02.19.2011 | Politics

MADISON, WIS. -- Final passage of Gov. Scott Walker's (R-Wis.) controversial proposal to strip away collective bargaining rights from public employees...