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Obama: 'Lone wolf' attack is biggest concern

August 17, 2011 With the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks weeks away, President Obama said on Tuesday that he remains most concerned about a "lone wolf" attack on U.S. soil. "The biggest concern we have right now is not the launching of a major terrorist operation, although that risk is always...

Special ops nominee defends night raids in Afghan war

June 28, 2011 Vice Adm. William McRaven, the man who commanded the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, on Tuesday defended the use of night raids by U.S. special operation forces in Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has argued that the stealth kill-or-capture missions carried out in the dead of night have left...

With Afghan timetable in place, two senior officials are moving on

June 28, 2011 With the Obama administration's new Afghan drawdown timetable in place, two of the most senior officials charged with managing the long war there are moving on. Officials familiar with the matter say the White House's top adviser on Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, plans to step down this summer. Maj....

Potential envoy offers sober outlook on Afghanistan

June 8, 2011 At his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, President Obama's nominee to be the next U.S. envoy to Kabul said it's critical the United States remain committed to Afghanistan, recalling the specter of a past American engagement there after the fall of the Soviet Union. "As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has...

No decision on troop withdrawal by Obama

June 6, 2011 President Obama huddled with top national-security advisers on Monday to discuss the White House's Afghanistan strategy, but he has yet to make a decision on just how many troops he'll call home when a long-planned reduction of troops begins next month. Today's two-hour meeting in the Situation Room kicked off...

On visit to border, Obama pushes to revive immigration reform

May 10, 2011 President Obama renewed his call for comprehensive immigration reform in a major address at the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday and attempted to restart the debate on an issue he spoke passionately about as a candidate but has made little headway on during his presidency. In a speech in El Paso,...

Goal was to kill, not capture bin Laden

May 4, 2011 In the weeks before President Obama ordered Navy SEALs into Pakistan in pursuit of Osama bin Laden, administration officials weighed using American warplanes to obliterate the terror mastermind's fortified compound from the sky or sending commandos on a high-risk mission to assault the structure from the ground. But there's one...

Step by step: How the U.S. killed bin Laden

May 2, 2011 Soon after coming to office, President Obama made it clear that killing or capturing Osama bin Laden was one of his highest national-security priorities. But it wasn't until last summer that intelligence officials caught a break in their pursuit of al-Qaida's leader. Numerous behind-the-scenes accounts of the killing of bin...

Obama to dine with Google, Facebook, and Twitter executives

February 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama will be enjoying an intimate dinner tonight in San Francisco with some of the high-tech world's biggest names, National Journal reported. Here's the list of attendees for tonight's meeting provided by the White House: • John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers • Carol Bartz, President and...

Obama to propose five-year spending freeze

January 25, 2011 President Obama will call for a five-year freeze in non-security, discretionary spending during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, according to a White House official. The spending freeze will save roughly $400 billion through 2015, according to White House estimates. "In areas outside the freeze, we also will...

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