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Obama to announce plan to curb veteran unemployment

October 25, 2011 President Obama will issue executive orders on Tuesday to curb unemployment among veterans, a problem likely to escalate after the drawdown of troops from Iraq. The announcement comes as part of a string of executive orders this week designed to spur the economy without requiring congressional approval. The White House...

U.S. ambassador to Syria returns to Washington

October 24, 2011 U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford is temporarily leaving his post while unrest in the country escalates amid protests against President Bashar al-Assad. Media outlets have reported that his decision was made in light of "credible threats." Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Haynes Mahoney has underscored the fact that Washington...

First piece of Obama's jobs proposals is blocked

October 21, 2011 It seems "bite-sized" doesn't make a bit of difference. President Obama on Thursday night failed to gain the 60 Senate votes needed to pass his proposal to fund states and local agencies with $35 billion to retain teachers and first responders. The bill was a piece of Obama's American Jobs...

Obama and first lady announce new jobs for veterans

October 19, 2011 President Obama and the first lady, together for the last leg of his latest bus tour, announced on Wednesday a commitment by the American Logistics Association to hire 25,000 veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013. The association represents 270 companies, including Coca Cola, Tyson Foods, and ConAgra,...

Obama's speech equipment stolen in Virginia

October 18, 2011 A truck carrying $200,000 worth of equipment for President Obama's upcoming speech in Chesterfield County, Va., in the Richmond area, was stolen in nearby Henrico on Monday, according to local NBC affiliate WWBT. The truck contained sound equipment, podiums, and presidential seals, which may have tipped the thieves off that...

FBI arrests suspect for allegedly plotting D.C. terror attack

September 29, 2011 A terror suspect allegedly plotting an attack on the Capitol and the Pentagon was arrested in Framingham, Mass., early on Wednesday, MSNBC reports. Twenty-six-year-old Rezwan Ferdaus, an American-born graduate of Northeastern University, allegedly planned to fly 6-foot remote controlled airplanes into the Capitol and the fourth floor of the Pentagon....

Attack on CIA office in Kabul kills one

September 26, 2011 An attack by an Afghan gunman left one American citizen dead and wounded another at the CIA office in Kabul late on Sunday. U.S. Embassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall said the attacker was a "lone Afghan employee," and a western security official in Kabul said he "had the trust" of employees...

Large attack launched on U.S. embassy in Kabul

September 13, 2011 The Taliban claimed responsibility on Tuesday morning for an attack on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in the diplomatic district of Kabul, Afghanistan, according to reports. The group launched "a massive suicide attack" on the embassy beginning around 4:30 a.m. EST, a spokesman for the Taliban told the BBC....

Obama on jobs bill: No more games

September 12, 2011 President Obama stepped up his pressure on Congress on Monday, demanding quick passage of the jobs bill he announced last week and saying it is "a bill that will put people back to work all over the country." The president reiterated the proposals of the American Jobs Act, which would...

As storm hits, Weather Service sounds alarm on satellite funding

August 27, 2011 As Hurricane Irene slams into the East Coast, the National Weather Service is sending out a warning to Congress that, unless its funding requests are met, the country is on track for a day when weather-detecting satellites are obsolete. That day is expected to come sometime in 2016, the expiration...

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