CNN: Obama to pull combat troops from Iraq in 2010
President Barack Obama told Congressional leaders Thursday he’s planning to pull all combat troops out of Iraq by August 2010, which falls short of his campaign promise of bringing all combat forces home within 16 months, according to three Congressional officials familiar with the meeting.
NYT: U.S. Is Said to Agree to Raise Stake in Citigroup
The Treasury Department reached a deal late Thursday to take a stake of 30 to 40 percent in Citigroup as part of a third bailout of the embattled bank, according to several people close to the deal.
CNN: Dem blasts Obama's budget
Mississippi Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor blasted the budget outline President Obama submitted to Capitol Hill today, saying “I don’t like it…change is not running up even bigger deficits that George Bush did.”
Politico: Class warfare returns to Washington
President Barack Obama has spent months recasting Democratic goals on climate change and health care reform from liberal-leaning moral imperatives to hard-core economic necessities.
CNN: Steele to CPAC: The Republican party is just fine
Capping off a day of conservative soul-searching, strategizing and navel-gazing at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele announced Thursday that the Grand Old Party is “alive and well.”
Washington Times: Obama's intelligence pick linked to Saudi Arabia
The Obama administration on Thursday named as chairman of the National Intelligence Council a veteran former diplomat who heads a think tank that has received major financing from Saudi Arabia.
Washington Post: National Security Structure Is Set; Under Obama, Council Will Grow
President Obama's first presidential directive, outlining the organization of his national security structure, adds the attorney general, the secretaries of energy and homeland security, and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to the formal National Security Council.
Washington Post: 'Combatant' Case to Move From Tribunal To U.S. Court
The Justice Department is preparing to announce criminal charges against Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri for allegedly providing material support to al-Qaeda terrorists, sources said, a groundbreaking step that would place the alleged sleeper agent in the purview of the U.S. courts rather than before a military tribunal.
CNN: Senate committee preparing to launch CIA review
The Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing a review of the CIA's controversial interrogation programs under the Bush White House, a Senate Democratic aide told CNN. The committee would look at how the agency carried out interrogation tactics and whether they provided useful information, the aide said. The review could be announced as early as Friday.
CNN: Poll: Most support plan to bolster troops in Afghanistan
A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's plan to send 17,000 more U.S. troops to the war in Afghanistan.
Washington Post: Britain Acknowledges 2 Detainees Are in U.S. Prison in Afghanistan
The British government, after years of denying it had any role in the U.S. policy of "extraordinary rendition," acknowledged yesterday that two prisoners its military forces turned over to U.S. custody in Iraq five years ago were subsequently sent to a U.S. prison in Afghanistan.
CNN: Congressmen want more info on ‘burn pit’ claims
Concerns about the effects of potentially toxic emissions from burning trash at military installations in Iraq and Afghanistan has members of Congress demanding more tests and research from the military.
CNN: Rice: U.S. will seek to end any ‘illicit’ nuclear ambitions by Iran
The Obama administration will work to stop any “illicit” nuclear aspirations by Iran, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told the U.N. Security Council Thursday.
CNN: Clinton promises team effort on Afghanistan, Pakistan
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged Thursday to work closely with Afghanistan and Pakistan together as a team to root out extremism within their borders.
CNN: Obama budget boosts State Dept.
The Obama administration says it is going to boost the State Department budget by 10 percent, hire more diplomats and double foreign aid.
Washington Post: White House Plan Would End Subsidies to Student Lenders
The Obama administration has proposed a sweeping change in the $85 billion-a-year student loan industry, one that could fundamentally alter the business of lenders such as Sallie Mae.
Washington Times: Banned firms given millions despite fraud
Companies and people who have tried to ship nuclear weapons materials into North Korea or substituted illegal parts on aircraft carriers, among other crimes, have slipped through loopholes to receive lucrative government contracts.
View the GAO’s report here.
LA Times: 'Conscience' rule on abortions may be overturned
Taking another step into the abortion debate, the Obama administration today will move to rescind a controversial rule that allows healthcare workers to deny abortion counseling or other family planning services if doing so would violate their moral beliefs, according to administration officials.
Washington Post: Right, and Left Out; Young Conservatives Can't Get With the Program
There's hope among today's young conservatives - new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele just announced an "off the hook" public relations blitz to woo young people - but there's also a lot of alienation.
CNN: Romney home robbed, say police
More than a dozen pieces of jewelry were stolen from former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Deer Valley, Utah home last week, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.