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After OBL: McGovern/Jones Push for Real Withdrawal Plan

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The bipartisan legislation is unique in that it carries with it the prospect of a roll call, in which every member of the House will have to choose a side: open-ended war in Afghanistan, or a clear plan for military withdrawal?

Amanda Terkel

How Much Are You Paying For The War In Afghanistan? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.18.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- As Americans breathe a sigh of relief over finally filing the returns on what they owe (or are owed from) Uncle Sam this Tax Day, the pr...

Amanda Terkel

Blue Dog Democrat Votes For Speedy Afghanistan Withdrawal | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to congressional alliances, progressive Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Blue Dog Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) aren't usual...

Amanda Terkel

House Defeats Resolution To Speed Afghanistan Withdrawal | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House overwhelmingly defeated on Thursday a nonbinding resolution to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of the yea...

Petraeus: Kucinich-Jones-Paul Resolution Today Would Give Osama the Victory

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the war in Afghanistan is not worth fighting. What did General David Petraeus have to say about all this in his Congressional testimony yesterday?

Act Now to End the War in Afghanistan

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

While Congress proposes slashing health care benefits, vital children's programs, and veterans' services -- all because we're "broke" -- it continues to fund a war that has cost us more than $455 billion.

Amanda Terkel

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Introduce Afghanistan Withdrawal Legislation | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | 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 ...

Ryan Grim

GOP Rep Pushing Boehner On Moment Of Silence For Troops | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE - Feb. 17: House Republicans moved to restore the moment of silence Thursday morning, which C-Span captured. * * * * * WASHINGTON -- For ...

Amanda Terkel

Where's The Afghanistan War's John Murtha? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before Nov. 17, 2005, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) was best known as a conservative Democrat with ties to the defense industry and a penchan...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Lawmakers Planning Meeting To Explore Alternatives In Afghan War | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three Republican lawmakers who have been outspoken on the war in Afghanistan are trying to push their party to start debating alternativ...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Rep Calls On Colleagues To Speak Out Against Afghan War | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican lawmaker who has been an outspoken critic of the war in Afghanistan took to the House floor Wednesday evening, calling on h...

Amanda Terkel

Barney Frank: Cut NATO Spending | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Public officials on both sides of the aisle are increasingly looking toward the defense budget as a possible avenue for cutting spending...

54 Percent Want Afghan Exit, but Petraeus Could Nix Peace Talks with Terror Naming

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Petraeus is pushing to have the Haqqani network, a key component of the Afghan Taliban, designated as a terrorist group.This move would undermine the policy in support of negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.

On Afghanistan, Michael Steele Speaks for Me

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Brad Woodhouse and the DNC owe all of us an apology for attacking Michael Steele on his Afghanistan remarks, but I would settle for a commitment not to engage in this sort of behavior in the future.

Picking Up Steam in the House

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Yesterday Congress moved one step closer to representing the majority of Americans who believe the war in Afghanistan has not been worth the sacrifice...

Rep. Michael Honda Backs Afghanistan Military Withdrawal Timetable

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

On Tuesday, Rep. Honda signed his name to legislation that would require the President to establish a timetable for the redeployment of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. This is potentially a bellwether event.

Feingold, McGovern, Jones Introduce Bill to End the War in Afghanistan

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The adoption by the United States of a timetable for withdrawal -- even a signal that the United States is willing to adopt a timetable for withdrawal -- is likely to have dramatic political effects in Afghanistan.

Religion in the War Zone

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

When I popped in a DVD of Chaplains Under Fire, a new documentary about military chaplains by independent filmmakers Terry Nickelson and Lee Lawrence, I was expecting the worst. I'm happy to say I was wrong.

Nightmare Budget Scenario at the Pentagon

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Military spending, which is at its highest levels since the end of WWII, is facing bipartisan opposition in Congress. In this hyper-partisan age, that's saying something.

This Corruption in Washington is Smothering America's Future

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

None of the crises facing us all -- from the global banking system to global warming -- can be dealt with if a tiny number of super-rich corporations have a veto over every inch of progress.

"My Daddy's Not Dead Yet": Walter Jones Pens Book To Atone For Iraq Vote

National Journal | George C. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A conscience-stricken member of the House Armed Services Committee is writing a book called "My Daddy's Not Dead Yet" in hopes it will atone for what ...

Sam Stein

Trio Of Anti-Surge Lawmakers Write Letter Of Opposition To Obama | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three lawmakers, including a now perennial anti-war Republican, penned a letter to the White House on Wednesday evening, formally opposing the preside...

Bears Beat Seattle In Tough Road Test: Who Was MVP? (POLL)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It wasn't always pretty, but the Bears managed to beat the Seahawks Sunday for their first win in Seattle since 1976. Jay Cutler continued to erase m...

Glass Half Full: House Democratic Caucus Backs McGovern Afghanistan Exit Amendment

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

For those concerned the U.S. is becoming mired in a military quagmire in Afghanistan there was good news and bad news on the House floor this afternoon.

Political Fix Part of the Economic Solution

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

With powerful Congressional leaders now behind public financing, the chances to roll back the pay-to-play politics norm in Washington, D.C. have never looked better.