The U.S. seems to have to given up on a request that the Taliban formally reject al Qaeda, a key sticking point in previous negotiations. Instead, the Taliban will agree to “oppose the use of Afghan soil to threaten other countries,” an indirect acknowledgment of international terrorism — and the reason the U.S. invaded in the first place.Share on Facebook
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“This is a historic moment for our country and from tomorrow all of the security operations will be in the hands of the Afghan security forces,” Karzai said according to the Associated Press.
The U.S. had been leading security operations in the country since ousting the Taliban in a war that began in 2001.Share on Facebook
We expect aggregate government-worker income to decline in May given that furloughs started in late May. The first day of government wide furloughs was on May 24, when roughly 115,000 federal workers, or 5% of the total federal work force, stayed home without pay. However, with the majority of the furloughs not kicking in until the beginning of July, including the Pentagon’s 680,000 furloughs beginning July 8, the real income shock will not show up until the July personal income and outlay report on Aug. 30.Share on Facebook
The moves also show that key states are once again a step ahead of Washington in being willing to tweak their approach to immigration. While states have little direct influence on immigration policy, laws on aspects like driver’s licenses give the governors a chance to weigh in.Share on Facebook
American officials said Patriot missiles and F-16s would be kept in Jordan to reassure an important ally that has aligned itself with the United States in the political and military campaign against the Assad government.
The Central Intelligence Agency has been training rebels in Jordan under a covert program, and weapons that are to be sent to the opposition by the United States are expected to be funneled through Jordan, both of which might heighten the risk of Syrian retaliation, including against possible training areas……Share on Facebook
“The emergency manager who was sent to reverse the fortunes of this financially troubled city asked some of its creditors on Friday to accept pennies on the dollar as he laid out his plan for tackling Detroit’s staggering debt, kick-starting negotiations that could determine whether the city is headed to bankruptcy court,”Share on Facebook
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ventured into what some would consider enemy territory for a Republican on Friday evening as he bonded with former President Bill Clinton over the finer details of disaster relief in a joint appearance that also served as a tantalizing potential peek at the next presidential election.Share on Facebook
Political Roundup for June 14, 2013…NJ Court backs Christie Oct Senate Election date…RedRacing Horses
In a 3-0 decision, a panel of the NJ Supreme Court has upheld Christie’s decision to schedule the Senate special for October 16, instead of concurrent with the November Gubernatorial election. The decision is a boon to Republicans who now have a chance to shunt Dem turnout away from the Gubernatorial (and more importantly, legislative) races.Share on Facebook
During his speech, Santorum also implicitly criticized the GOP for nominating Romney because it took Obamacare off the table as an issue in the general election. He said Republicans would have been able to attract more voters had they followed the 2010 playbook. Then he stressed that thorny implementation problems will give the party another chance in 2014.Share on Facebook