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CNN: Officials: Top White House lawyer to be pushed out
In the first major shakeup among President Obama's senior staff, White House Counsel Greg Craig is being pushed out in favor of veteran Democratic lawyer Bob Bauer because of a dispute over plans to close the U.S. military prison in Cuba, CNN has learned.
CNN: Obama departs on eight-day Asia trip
President Obama embarked Thursday on his first presidential visit to Asia, an eight-day journey that will take him to five cities in four countries.
CNN: Afghan president's office asks what U.S. ambassador said
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office contacted the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan about reports the ambassador warned against sending more U.S. troops to the country, a Karzai spokesman told CNN Thursday.
CNN: Karl Eikenberry, Obama's man in Afghanistan
The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan has a unique résumé: he served two tours in the country as a general, training Afghan police and troops, before trading his uniform for a diplomat's business suit.
Washington Post: A nuclear power's act of proliferation
In 1982, a Pakistani military C-130 left the western Chinese city of Urumqi with a highly unusual cargo: enough weapons-grade uranium for two atomic bombs, according to accounts written by the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, Abdul Qadeer Khan, and provided to The Washington Post.