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CNN: Romney plays it safe with bin Laden
Mitt Romney bit his tongue and played it safe. He waited until hours after the president’s speech from Afghanistan to release a statement on what was undoubtedly a turning point in the U.S. war against al Qaeda. “I am pleased that President Obama has returned to Afghanistan. Our troops and the American people deserve to hear from our President about what is at stake in this war,” Romney said in the statement released late Tuesday night.
CNN: Gingrich to briefly mention Romney Wednesday; joint event expected in a couple of weeks
Newt Gingrich will briefly mention presumptive nominee Mitt Romney and signal support for his candidacy when the former House speaker suspends his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination on Wednesday, Gingrich's spokesman R.C. Hammond said. Planning is under way for a joint Romney-Gingrich formal endorsement event to be held in a couple of weeks, Hammond said.
CNN: Top House Republican cleared of insider trading
The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has been cleared of allegations that he used his position to engage in insider trading and improperly profit from the 2008 market meltdown. The Office of Congressional Ethics unanimously dismissed all of the potential charges against 10-term Alabama GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus, according to a statement released late Monday by the congressman's office.
CNN: Christie uses GOP star power to help embattled Walker
Faced with the threat of losing his job in a bitter recall election, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pressed his case with the help of a Republican rock star: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Both men attended two public events in Wisconsin: an early afternoon fundraiser in Green Bay and, later, a rally in front of a wildly supportive crowd at a landscaping company in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek.
CNN: 3 Secret Service agents refuse polygraph in prostitution scandal
Three of the 12 Secret Service agents involved in the Colombia prostitution scandal refused to cooperate with authorities and submit to a polygraph test, according to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-New York. The three agents were among the first forced out of the service when news of the scandal in Cartagena broke, King told CNN late Tuesday. The nine remaining agents took the polygraph. And while none of them failed the test, some responses led to the loss of several jobs.
CNN: Source: Several to face charges in death of FAMU drum major
Criminal charges are expected to be filed Wednesday in Orlando in the suspected hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion. "We're announcing that charges will be filed against several people involved in the death," a law enforcement source close to the investigation said.
CNN: NYC subway bomb plotter found guilty on all counts
A Bosnian immigrant accused of plotting to bomb New York's subway system as an "al Qaeda terrorist" has been found guilty on all counts, including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder and supporting a foreign terrorist organization.
CNN: Land mine casings found in checked baggage at NJ airport
A New Jersey woman traveling to an explosives demonstration in California was stopped at Newark Liberty International Airport after land mine casings were found in her luggage, the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday. TSA explosives experts were called to the checked baggage screening area in Terminal C when her suitcase set off alarms.
CNN: Clinton arrives in China amid tensions over escaped activist
The escaped Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, who was believed to be staying in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, has arrived at a medical facility in the Chinese capital where he will receive treatment and be reunited with his family, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.
CNN: In Afghanistan, Obama pledges cooperation, vows to 'finish the job'
President Barack Obama, speaking early Wednesday in Afghanistan at the tail end of a surprise visit there, discussed how the war will end and promised a steady drawdown of U.S. troops. Obama committed to pulling 23,000 troops out of the country by the end of summer and sticking to the 2014 deadline to turn security fully over to the Afghan government. He said that NATO will set a goal this month for Afghan forces to be in the lead for combat operations next year.
CNN: Dozens of protesters injured in Egypt clashes, medic says
Men in plainclothes attacked protesters demonstrating against the barring of a presidential candidate in Cairo early Wednesday, killing one and leaving dozens injured, witnesses said. One man was shot and died at the scene, according to Tarek Salem, a field medic.
CNN: Myanmar's Suu Kyi takes oath of office
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in Wednesday as a lawmaker for the first time, a key step in the country's recent shift toward democracy after decades of repressive military rule. Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy campaigner who spent years under house arrest, traveled to the parliament in the capital, Naypyidaw, to take up the seat she won in elections last month.
CNN Money: Fed presidents: Too soon to call a U.S. slowdown
Two Federal Reserve presidents said Tuesday that it's too early to say whether the United States is seeing a longer-term slowdown, but the recent ebb in economic growth is certainly worrisome. Chicago Fed president Charles Evans and Atlanta Fed Dennis Lockhart made it clear that we're nowhere near normal economic times.
CNN Money: Occupy May Day goes global
Occupy May Day went global on Tuesday, as demonstrations stretched from California to New York and from Europe to the Caribbean. Occupy San Francisco got an early start to the traditional May Day workers' protest, kicking off its organized rally at 8 p.m. local time on Monday.
CNN Money: Former car czar: Too soon for U.S. to sell GM
Obama's former "car czar" and Willett Advisors chairman Steven Rattner said now is not the time for the U.S. government to sell its stake in General Motors. Any sale should wait until 2013 or even 2014, said Rattner, who led the Obama administration's restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler from 2008 through 2009.
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On the first anniversary of bin Laden's death, President Obama travels to Afghanistan to advance a 2014 withdrawal plan.
Up through the cracks, up through the broken glass, roses grow.
Obama needs to take his optimism tour on the road, people wants to feel optimism about this country, they want to know that we are moving into the 21st century with a bang. Hell with the repubs shouting government overreach, the people wants to see cranes, backhoes, bulldozers, and constructions workers everywhere they go in America. Hey we need to get the rich to invest by paying a little more to pay for the modernization, Obama have set up the rich that they left from a crisis to the most successful people in history. Obama need to know walstreet wont volentarily modernize this country, it only can come by a little push, the rich will benefit, just as they are raking in the cash right now.
Christie = "star power"?!? How so? Maybe the GOBP is using the phrase in a "bends light with his gravitational pull" kind of way.
So let me get this straight...we are going to borrow money from China and give it to the corrupt government of Afghanistan for the next 10 years? End the war, yes. But this is an alimony payment we cant make!
As of pride, I am telling this great big nation, this president is a "gift" to America. Obama is smart, shrewd, and intellegent. Yes, obama2012.
Ps: bain capital is a joke, flip-flop.