Beginning to wind down a long and devastating war, President Barack
Obama announced Wednesday night he was pulling home 33,000 U.S. troops
from Afghanistan by next summer, withdrawing the "surge" of forces he
had sent to rescue a flailing effort. Said Obama to a country eager for
an exit: "The tide of war is receding."
Memphis' sanitation workers, including some who marched with the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. during a 1968 garbage strike, scored a victory
when the city council passed a budget without privatizing solid waste
collection, but it may be a temporary win.
For legal reasons, President Barack Obama rejects the word
"hostilities" to describe U.S. involvement in Libya's civil war. Along
the same lines, Defense Secretary Robert Gates calls American actions
there "a limited kinetic operation."
President Barack Obama's chief campaign strategist is dismissive of the
Republicans who want his boss' job, saying they are eager to criticize
the Democratic incumbent without offering substantive ways to help the
Rep. Anthony Weiner intends to resign his seat in Congress after a
two-week scandal spawned by lewd and even X-rated photos the New York
lawmaker took of himself and sent online to numerous women, relieved
Democratic officials said Thursday.
Defying congressional criticism, the White House insisted Wednesday that
President Barack Obama has the authority to continue U.S. military
action in Libya even without authorization from lawmakers on Capitol
First Lady Michelle Obama mixed and poured concrete, attached swings to a
swing set and raked mulch for an hour Wednesday at a charter school in a
low-income Southeast Washington neighborhood. By the time she and
hundreds of other volunteers were finished, the school had a new
playground on what previously was barren land.
During his splendid stay among us, the great musician John Coltrane
never asked anyone for anything. Through his music, he was a prideful
man and forever giving of his boundless genius. But a few days ago we
learned that the home where he created such masterpieces as “A Love
Supreme,” “Naima,” and “Impressions,” is on America’s 11 most endangered