Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates ended a two-day trip to Afghanistan on Thursday, telling a group of Afghan soldiers that America will maintain a presence beyond the troop pullout set to begin in 2011.
Washington (CNN) – A California lawmaker announced Wednesday that he is no longer backing legislation that would honor disgraced golfer Tiger Woods with a Congressional Gold Medal.
In March of this year, Rep. Joe Baca, D-California, introduced a resolution calling for Woods to receive the high congressional honor.
The award was justified, Baca's bill said, because, among other things, "Woods has broken barriers with grace and dignity by showing that golf is a sport for all people, regardless of race, color, or creed... Woods has inspired countless people of all ages, impressing upon them that their hopes, dreams, and prayers may be achieved through hard work, persistence, education, and good sportsmanship."
Baca announced Wednesday that he has had a change of heart about honoring Woods.
"In light of the recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family, I will not pursue legislation awarding him the Congressional Gold Medal this session," the congressman said in a statement.
Baca's announcement comes amid reports that television ads featuring the embattled golfer have not aired since November 29.
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CNN: Obama arrives in Norway to accept Nobel Peace Prize
President Obama arrived in Norway early Thursday to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, a smile on his face and the first lady's hand in his. …He will…accept the Nobel at an afternoon ceremony and attend an evening award banquet. The prize includes a $1.4 million check, a gold medal and a diploma. …His trip comes more than a week after he announced plans to deploy additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, one of two countries where the United States is fighting a war.
CNN: House, Senate health care bills grow further apart
Senate Democratic leaders announced they've reached "broad agreement" on a package of provisions to replace the public option, a move that means their version of the health care bill is morphing into something that looks less and less like the House version. Senate leaders aren't releasing details of the revised plan, so it's unclear how much of the bill will be changed.
Los Angeles Times: Medicare expansion idea raises healthcare reform hopes
The new proposal for breaking the healthcare impasse in the Senate - based on a large expansion of the Medicare program - raised hopes Wednesday among Democrats that the way may be clearing to pass their massive bill by Christmas.
The Hill: Not so fast, say senators on health bill as they anticipate price tag
Liberal and centrist senators at the center of the healthcare debate bought themselves more time Wednesday, saying they would decide how to vote after they saw the bill’s final price tag. Centrist Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and other senators emphasized they are withholding any promises until they hear from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) about the cost of the new proposals.
The Hill: Destination Denmark: Political scuffle breaks out over Pelosi's delegation
A political scuffle has broken out about which lawmakers will be allowed to go to Copenhagen, Demark, on a congressional delegation led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Days before legislators are scheduled to discuss global warming at a climate change summit, accusations flew about the politics of who gets a codel invitation.
Los Angeles Times: U.S. sends a parade of promises to Copenhagen
Obama dispatches a slew of Cabinet-level secretaries, advisors and envoys to prove to world leaders that the U.S. is serious about combating climate change. His own assurances might carry more weight.