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US deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say

The U.S. military has deployed a small cell of military personnel to Somalia for the first time since 18 Americans were killed in the failed “Black Hawk Down” operation in 1993.<p>The group of trainers and advisers has been stationed in the nation’s capital of Mogadishu since last fall, U.S. military …

Guy Who Helped Create Washington's Weed Law Says It Has Some Major Flaws

Kleiman — who founded the crime and drug policy think tank BOTEC Analysis Corp. — told Business Insider he fears the new policies won't create the tax windfall the state was expecting. The law is also designed in a way that could encourage overconsumption of the drug, he said.<p>"I wanted high taxes …

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Lawmakers pledge to continue probing New Jersey bridge scandal

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey lawmakers on Saturday pledged to continue to seek more details in the bridge scandal engulfing Governor Chris Christie, with the Democratic Assembly speaker-elect saying he planned to call the body into special session.<p>At issue is the role of the governor, his staff …

The Pentagon’s Grumpy Old Man

Bob Gates was right about the White House. Why didn’t he speak out when it counted?<p>If the United States were a vast psychiatric clinic—and who knows, maybe it is—former defense secretary Robert Gates’s new memoir, <i>Duty</i>, could be marketed as a 600-page Rorschach test.<p>The <i>Washington Post</i>’s Bob Woodward …

Congress to pass stopgap funding bill next week: top Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives next week will pass a stop-gap funding measure to prevent a government shutdown for three days as negotiators try to finalize a $1 trillion spending bill, Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Friday.<p>U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor …

Rep. Gardner: Udall ObamaCare controversy raises concerns about abuse of power

Rep. Cory Gardner told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Friday that Colorado Sen. Mark Udall’s reported bullying of the state insurance agency over ObamaCare cancellation numbers “raises a big question about the abuse of power.”<p>Udall, a Democrat, is under fire following reports that his staff pressured the …

Former Reagan White House Spokesman Larry Speakes Dies

Larry Speaks, who became the White House spokesman after President Ronald Reagan and Press Secretary James Brady were shot in a 1981 assassination attempt, died Friday. He was 74.<p>Speakes, who had Alzheimer's disease, died at his home in Cleveland, Miss.<p>The New York Times reports:<p>"A Southerner who …