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Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick told the Army Times that the U.S. plans to cut 50,000 troops over five years.


Rep. Maxine Waters on Monday called President Barack Obama’s remarks to the Congressional Black Caucus “a bit curious.”

Obama had told the caucus to stop complaining and join forces with him to create jobs and help the economy.

A federal judge in Orlando today is hearing arguments on the state’s welfare drug testing law. The ACLU filed suit against the law, claiming it violates Fourth Amendment rights. An attorney from Gov. Rick Scott’s [R] office is representing the state, the AP reports.

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said he twice considered dropping out of the 2012 Republican primary before his stunning win in Saturday’s Florida straw poll. The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO admitted that campaigning was a “frustrating” experience and that he had “gone to the brink” of withdrawing from the contest.

Conservative site RedState introduced Rick Perry to the world, branding him “The Jobs Governor.” However, since Thursday’s poor debate performance they’ve been evaluating their support for the Texan. In an article posted Friday evening, one of their commentators defends him from charges many say hurt him the most among conservative voters in Thursday’s debate: namely, the allegation that he’s too soft on Immigration.

Brad Jackson points out that the governor’s controversial education law requires the child to have lived in Texas for at least 3 years and to agree to pursuing citizenship. Furthermore, only 1% of students enrolling in Texas public schools do so under the rule.

“The likes of Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and others would have you believe it was a program run amok where these students were defrauding a system, unfairly taking advantage of this status, and ruining higher education for every other Texan” Brad Jackson wrote.

Jackson concludes “the statistics show this for what it truly is, a program that does not punish these students, these future citizens, whose parents came to this country illegally. Instead it helps them become educated, productive citizens of these United States.”

A North Carolina restaurant has sent Texas Gov. Rick Perry two pounds of smoked, cooked meat and a letter in a bid to persuade him to reconsider his position on eastern-style barbecue. During a 1992 visit to North Carolina, Perry compared the state’s version of pulled pork to “road kill.”

Republican and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill were supposed to spend the weekend breaking an impasse over emergency disaster assistance that threatens not just to cripple FEMA but also to shut down the entire government.

According to a top congressional source, they've gotten nowhere, with both parties unwilling to cave. But one eventually must.

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Rick Perry's latest stumble in the polls largely seems to stem from his fumbles in Thursday night's GOP debate. However, even before tea partiers began to fear he was a tongue-tied Sarah Palin in the making, doubts about his viability had bubbled up over his frequent dismissals of Social Security as a Ponzi scheme.

Indeed, it was under probing on this subject from Mitt Romney on Thursday night that Perry's smooth-talking ways began to falter. And it's easy to see why: a quick look through the history of the actual Ponzi scheme reveals just how inaccurate Perry's claims are.

Let's start with the original, from which all others bear their name. It may come as a surprise to some, but the original scheme by Charles Ponzi did not make its money by providing seven decades of benefits to retirees before folding up shop and leaving town with a suitcase full of cash.

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National Park Service officials will reveal on Monday the extent of the damage to the Washington Monument, including when it might reopen to the public, CNN reports. Several cracks were discovered on the monument after rare earthquake hit the East Coast in late August.

An Afghan employee of the U.S. government opened fire inside a CIA office in Kabul on Sunday evening, killing an American and injuring a second, U.S. and Afghan officials said, in the second major breach of embassy security in two weeks.