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Officials: Secret panel decided on Awlaki killing

October 6, 2011 A secretive panel of government officials places American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki on a kill or capture list before informing President Obama of such decisions, according to a Reuters report, which cites "several current and former officials." The panel, a subset of the White House's National Security Council, made the ...

Official confirms tensions over role of women in Obama White House

September 20, 2011 Tensions over the role of women in the first two years of President Obama's White House prompted him to elevate women into more senior positions, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said in a Washington Post interview. "There were some issues early on with women feeling as though they hadn't figured out ...

Top drilling regulator to temporarily head new bureau at Interior

September 16, 2011 Michael Bromwich, who has served as the Interior Department's head drilling authority for the last year, will temporarily head up the agency's new Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement until a permanent director is found, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced on Friday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and ...

Government's final report blames BP, main contractors for Gulf spill

September 14, 2011 British oil giant BP and its main contractors failed to heed warning signs that could have prevented the devastating Deepwater Horizon spill that killed 11 workers and sent nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government's final report released on Wednesday found. The joint ...

Biden on 9/11 threat: We’re taking it 'seriously’

September 9, 2011 Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday that the White House is taking an unconfirmed terror threat for New York and Washington, D.C., "seriously." On Thursday, just days before the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, federal officials received a credible, but unconfirmed, threat to detonate car bombs ...

Quake prompts utility to shut down nuclear plant in Virginia

August 23, 2011 The operator of central Virginia's North Anna nuclear power plant shut down its two nuclear reactors shortly after Tuesday's East Coast earthquake, which was centered less than 20 miles away. Dominion Virginia Power's plant lost off-site electrical power during the earthquake, prompting operators to use backup diesel generators and shut ...

Economists torn on fiscal policy

August 23, 2011 Lawmakers aren't the only ones who can't agree on what to do to fix the economy. Business economists are split on whether a restrictive fiscal policy or more stimulus will give the flailing U.S. economy the boost that it needs, according to a survey released by the National Association for ...

Mullen presses Iraqis to decide U.S. troop status

August 2, 2011 Just prior to a meeting of Iraqi lawmakers scheduled for Tuesday, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said that Iraq needs to make a decision on the future of American forces "as soon as possible," according to The Washington Post. Mullen added Tuesday in Baghdad that American troops ...

New general takes command in Afghanistan as Petraeus departs for CIA

July 18, 2011 New CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus formally turned over command of U.S. and NATO troops to Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen in Afghanistan on Monday. Gen. Allen, who will lead the transition process as the U.S. and allied forces withdraw by 2014, laid out some "broad priorities" in his first ...

Troop withdrawal could trigger economic depression in Afghanistan

June 8, 2011 Expensive nation-building efforts have had limited success in Afghanistan, and without proper planning, a troop withdrawal in 2014 could set off "a severe economic depression," according to the conclusions of a two-year congressional investigation from Senate Democrats released Wednesday. "A precipitous withdrawal of international support, in the absence of reliable ...