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Sen. John Kerry released the following statement after President Obama announced U.S. troops will completely withdraw from Iraq by the year’s end:



“The United States is fulfilling our agreement with an Iraqi government that wants to shape its own future. The President is also following through on his commitment to end both the conflict in Iraq and our military presence. We are creating a new partnership that shifts from a clear military focus to a new relationship that is more expansive, hinging on increased diplomatic, economic and cultural relations. At the same time, we are committed to our security relationship with Iraq. These moves appropriately reflect the changes on the ground. American troops in Iraq will be coming home, having served with honor and enormous skill.”

The death of former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi sparked celebrations in Libya and congratulations from world leaders. But one group of American lawmakers were cautious to give the Obama Administration any credit.

Enter Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who heaped praise on the British and French efforts in Libya. And while Sen. John McCain commended the administration, he also focused on the European efforts.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) abruptly cancelled his scheduled speech on income inequality at the University of Pennsylvania on Friday morning after his office was warned that the school opened the speech to the public. Originally, the speech was going to be heard only by the university community.

Cantor’s speech was going to be protested by liberal groups, unions, and the Occupy Philadelphia protesters.

CBS and the Republican Party of South Carolina will host a GOP presidential debate on Nov. 12, The State newspaper reports. The debate will focus on national security.



New Jersey state senate candidate Phil Mitsch knows just what America needs to get his awful state back on track: tax reductions, something called "mandatory mortgage loan modifications on at risk residential properties," and a more pronounced Madonna-whore complex. "Women, you increase your odds of keeping your men by being faithful, a lady in the living room and a whore in the bedroom," he recently tweeted.

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President Obama on Friday announced that all U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year.

“After nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama said.

The Des Moines Register reports that Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Rick Santorum will each go pheasant-hunting this weekend with Iowa Congressman Steve King, a prominent right-wing voice.

Perry will go hunting with King On Saturday, and then Santorum will go on Sunday.

President Obama at 12:45 p.m. ET Friday will announce the complete drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, the White House has confirmed to TPM.

More from ABC News:



A White House official says that at approximately 11:30am today, President Obama convened a secure video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to talk with him about this news.



MSNBC just now read a White House statement on the news, saying it will “allow us to say definitively the Iraq War is over.”

President Obama nominates former NSC staffer Mark Lippert as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs.

See other administration nominations here.

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