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LIVE VIDEO: President Obama Makes Statement on Afghanistan 2:45 EDT

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The president is announcing his plans to keep about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan. Below is the email alert via Politico:

President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday that he plans to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after the end of the year to continue training Afghan forces and supporting operations against Al Qaeda, a senior administration official said.

The announcement comes just two days after the president made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to renew his pledge to end all combat operations by the end of the year and meet with commanders on the ground about steps forward.

"We will only sustain a military presence after 2014 if the Afghan government signs the Bilateral Security Agreement," the official said, referring to the document that so far outgoing Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign but both candidates to succeed him have said they would.

For more information... http://www.politico.com

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"Jeb Bush": If it weren't for Karl Rove, SCOTUS, we wouldn't have HAD a torturer-in-chief!

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The other day I posted, "George W Bush ruined the family name." No worries, W, Jeb's up to the task, too. Now Garry Trudeau has jumped right in with a perfect coda. He skewered all three Bushes in last Sunday's comic strip. Trudeau managed to rip into George H.W., George W., and Jeb in one fell swoop. Plus he threw in the Supreme Court and Karl Rove without breaking a sweat. In this edition of Doonesbury, Jeb is being interviewed on a radio show.

Jeb claims to "understand Bush fatigue." If that were true, he would never even consider a run for president in real life. But in Doonesbury World, he believes he's the answer to all those pesky family problems that precede his future candidacy. Also in Doonesbury World, he freely acknowledges-- and goes so far as to list-- the many epic fails of his brother and father.

Take it away, Mr. Trudeau:

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"George W Bush ruined the family name." No worries, W, Jeb's up to the task, too.

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I can barely type the name George W Bush without throwing up in my mouth a little. Okay, a lot. Someone please pass the Tums, Pepto Bismol, and Maalox, because as you see, I just typed George W Bush.

Damn! I just typed it again! Now we're into inebriation territory. Someone hand me a glass. Make that a bottle. With a straw.

And don't even get me started on Brother Jeb and his own abysmal, corporate, conservative Bushy record.

Apparently, a Los Angeles Times letter to the editor agrees with me, so here it is, because our voices matter:

I agree with Jonah Goldberg that Jeb Bush will probably not be president, but for different reasons. ("Why Jeb Bush's turn may not come," Opinion, May 12)

The simple fact is this: George W Bush ruined the family name. No Bush will inhabit the White House again in the foreseeable future. It's not because Jeb Bush is not conservative enough or hasn't fired up the base. On the contrary, it's because his brother has tarnished the name by leading this country into two wars that weren't paid for and ruining the U.S. economy.

Americans have long memories. We will never forget the legacy of George W. Bush.

Scott W. Hughes

Westlake Village

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GOP hates spending, so Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) intros bill to boost Pentagon war spending by $5 billion

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Watch as Senate Democrats point at laugh at the House Armed Services panel's Defense authorization bill that would hike Pentagon spending by $5 billion.

Because, see, what we need now is to pour more cash into the Afghanistan war, which is exactly what Chairman Buck McKeon's (R-Calif.) legislation would do. Republicans want to "make up for cuts to training and maintenance" due to that thing we all love to hate called "sequestration."

Yes, the party that hates spending wants to spend-- spend-- an additional five. Billion. Dollars.

The Hill:

The sweeping Pentagon policy bill pushes back on a number of administration proposals and priorities.

The measure includes restrictions on transferring Guantánamo detainees to the United States, which President Obama proposed to re-start last month as he looks to close the prison. The bill also included funding for new barracks at Guantánamo to replace temporary facilities.

The committee rejected base closures and new healthcare fees for a second straight year, and also said no to a smaller pay raise for troops... On sexual assault, an issue that has generated a host of attention in recent weeks, the bill strips commanders’ ability to overturn guilty verdicts and establishes minimum sentencing guidelines for sexual assault cases.

It does not, however, go as far as some lawmakers are proposing to remove the decision to prosecute sexual assault cases from the chain of command.

Did I say that thing we all love to hate is called "sequestration"? I meant "the GOP."

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