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Full Transcript and Video: Obama Extends US Presence in Afghanistan

Full Transcript and Video: Obama Extends US Presence in Afghanistan
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Last December — more than 13 years after our nation was attacked by al Qaeda on 9/11 — America’s combat mission in Afghanistan came to a responsible end. That milestone was achieved thanks to the courage and the skill of our military, our intelligence, and civilian personnel. They served there with extraordinary skill and valor, and it’s worth remembering especially the more than 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan.
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Obama Reassures Panicked Conservatives: We'll SWAT the Next Victim

Obama Reassures Panicked Conservatives: We'll SWAT the Next Victim
"The dangers of a serious outbreak are extraordinarily low," said Obama, "but we are taking this very seriously." Also discussed: An actual plan to literally SWAT anyone diagnosed with Ebola.
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Connecting the Crazy Dots: Fox Host Somehow Ties Obama's Skin Color to Ebola, Security Lapses

Connecting the Crazy Dots: Fox Host Somehow Ties Obama's Skin Color to Ebola, Security Lapses
Fox hose Laura Ingraham has been known to say some crazy things on her show, but this one may take the prize. Obama's 'African roots' are to blame for Ebola in Texas and the security lapses at the White House in her bizarre world.
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Clean Sweep? White House Wants Phone Companies, Not the NSA, to Store Calls

Clean Sweep? White House Wants Phone Companies, Not the NSA, to Store Calls
The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls. The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program by having phone companies hold onto the call records as they do now.
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Eileen Sullivan
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Top White House Economists: Unemployment Will Drop to 6% by 2016 if Congress Enacts Additional Spending

Top White House Economists: Unemployment Will Drop to 6% by 2016 if Congress Enacts Additional Spending
President Barack Obama's top economists say the nation is on track to make economic progress over the next two years, but say it would do even better if Congress would enact the additional spending he proposed in his most recent budget. A divided Congress in an election year is not likely to heed that call.
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Jim Kuhnhenn
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White House Weighs Executive Order to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers

White House Weighs Executive Order to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers
Guess who is one of the biggest employers of minimum-wage employees? Your own federal government. The government now contracts out a lot of work to companies that pay really, really low wages for jobs that used to provide good pay and benefits. And this means that between nearly 2 million people have to live in poverty. Now, there are reports that President Obama is considering doing something about that.
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Deweaponizing the Debt Ceiling to Cut Social Security

Deweaponizing the Debt Ceiling to Cut Social Security
As the debt ceiling looms, the hostages keep mounting. Non-essential government and food stamps are just the beginning. Many worry that Social Security and Medicare — not just the Affordable Care Act — might be added to the list of demands. This is why the Obama Administration needs to de-weaponize the debt ceiling.
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Senate Dems Craft Debt Limit Hike as China Urges US Government to Get It Together

Senate Dems Craft Debt Limit Hike as China Urges US Government to Get It Together
Senate Democrats are drafting legislation to raise the nation's debt limit without the type of unrelated conditions that Republicans have said they intend to demand, officials said Monday, as the White House signaled it would accept even a brief extension in borrowing authority to prevent an unprecedented default. Republicans have said they will seek long-term deficit cuts or reforms to benefit programs and perhaps a wholesale rollback in environmental rules as the price for raising the current $16.7 trillion debt limit.
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Donna Cassata
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White House Threatens to Veto Extremist Legislation on Abortion and Food Stamp Cuts

White House Threatens to Veto Extremist Legislation on Abortion and Food Stamp Cuts
The White House is threatening to veto the House version of two incredibly controversial legislative pushes: the $100-billion-per-year farm bill and a measure to ban all abortions after 20 weeks.
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Mary Clare Jalonick
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Pipe Dreams: Republicans Vote to Fast Track Keystone XL, White House to Veto

Pipe Dreams: Republicans Vote to Fast Track Keystone XL, White House to Veto
On Tuesday, the White House released a statement declaring that a bill — H.R. 3, by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) to fast track a portion of the Keystone XL pipeline through the state of Nebraska — would be vetoed by the President. The measure will likely pass the Republican controlled House. So what does this mean for the controversial proposal?
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