(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin canceled a July trip to Sudan due to "scheduling problems," a source with knowledge of the trip confirmed to CNN Thursday.
Palin was scheduled to travel to the southern part of the war-savaged country with Franklin Graham, son of evangelical leader Billy Graham, to attend the July 9 independence ceremony, information she first told a London newspaper earlier this month.
(CNN) - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry said Thursday that President Barack Obama was able to outline the next phase of America's strategy in Afghanistan "from a position of strength."
The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is at a "historic transition point" because U.S. forces have met their major goals there, the Massachusetts Democrat said.
(CNN) - A majority of Americans would consider voting against President Obama in the 2012 election, and of those voters a strong majority wished another candidate would jump in the race, according to a new national poll.
Thirty-six percent of those surveyed in a Bloomberg News Poll out Thursday said they will definitely vote for another candidate in the next election and 27 percent said they would consider another candidate, while 30 percent said they will definitely vote for Obama.
New York (CNNMoney) - The U.S. Department of Energy said it will release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic National Reserve to alleviate Libyan oil supply disruptions, in the midst of already-plummeting oil prices.
The U.S. release is part of a 60 million barrel increase in supply announced Thursday by the International Energy Agency, which includes the U.S. as one of its 28 member nations, "in response to the ongoing disruption of oil supplies from Libya."FULL STORY
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CNN: Obama to visit Fort Drum after announcing Afghanistan troop withdrawal
President Barack Obama goes on the road Thursday to sell his plan to withdraw 33,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan. He will meet with soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York - many of whom have recently returned from Afghan deployments.
CNN: 2012 candidates react to Obama's speech on Afghanistan
Candidates seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for president responded to President Obama's Wednesday night speech on Afghanistan troop withdrawals.