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Afghanistan withdrawal proponent Polis promotes Holbrooke’s cautionary last words

Colorado Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has been arguing against U.S. occupation policy in Afghanistan since he took office in 2009. He visited the country last year and later argued passionately on the floor of the House in support of the Afghanistan War Powers Resolution, which called for U.S. withdrawal by no later than the end of 2010. Minutes ago he tweeted the cautionary last words of Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration's chief envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan and a towering figure in U.S. diplomacy who died Monday. "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan," Holbrooke reportedly said as he was placed under sedation for surgery to repair a ripped aorta.

Coffman: U.S. needs to scale back in Afghanistan

Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman says the United States should not be involved in "nation-building" in Afghanistan. The former Marine says we have a role...

Gossip bloggers fix federal budget simply by reversing everything Bush

The New York Times on Sunday ran a do-it-yourself federal budget piece, where readers could pick and choose to slash and save items from...

McChrystal in Aspen: ‘Afghanistan a post-apocalyptic nightmare’

ASPEN -- Looking relaxed in civilian clothes, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal took questions about his resignation in stride Saturday at a private function at the Maroon Creek Club golf course in Aspen. “You make mistakes allowing situations to occur,” McChrystal said. “I'm about moving forward.”

The deficit is more than just a 2010 campaign issue

Lawmakers, including Republicans who have been in Washington for decades, are extremely concerned this year with the nation's budget deficit. Part of that concern...

Graphic journalism: Or how it’s done today

What do Americans know of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, the longest running military action in U.S. history and a quagmire of mountain-dwelling Taliban...

Buck and Norton vie for voter trust in first face off

COLORADO SPRINGS-- GOP U.S. Senate candidates Ken Buck and Jane Norton went head to head Tuesday night here after weeks of heated and sometimes ugly primary campaigning. The event drew roughly 400 conservative and tea party activists. The crowd hooted and hollered throughout the debate, cheering on the anti-Washington anti-government sentiments expressed by the candidates on stage.

Petraeus pick for Afghanistan signals less murky plan for 2011

“This is a change in personnel but not a change in policy,” President Obama said after he fired Gen. Stanley McChrystal for talking smack...

Government still throwing vast taxpayer sums at Blackwater

It’s like they’re in a strip club, according to Jeff Stein: The Central Intelligence Agency has hired Xe Services, the private security firm formerly known...

Kerry on McChrystal flap: Stop the ‘feeding frenzy’

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and one of the people Gen. Stanley McChrystal dissed to Rolling Stone, issued...