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Donald Trump hedges as military presents new Afghanistan strategy

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Frustrated by his options, President Donald Trump is withholding approval of a long-delayed Afghanistan war strategy and even mulling a radical shakeup in his national security team as he searches for a “game changer” after 16 years of indecisive conflict.

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World jittery about Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ inaugural speech

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President Donald Trump‘s inaugural speech promised “America first” policy led by a forceful executive, in contrast to the coalition building and international conferences which have featured strongly in past administrations. The billionaire businessman and reality television star — the first president who had never held political office or high military rank — promised to stir a “new national pride” and protect America from the “ravages” of countries he says have stolen U.S. jobs. “This American carnage stops right here,” Trump…

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Gus Bilirakis: Keeping our nation’s promise to Veterans

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Each time I have the privilege of meeting the heroes who wore our nation’s uniform, I am reminded they represent the very best of America. From World War II and Korea, to Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan, we would not be the nation we are today without those who served. Veterans Day is an important time to pause and give thanks to the men and women, most of whom we will never personally know, who sacrificed on our behalf. However,…

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Ahead of Mother’s Day, Gwen Graham makes congressional visit to Afghanistan

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan to visit American mothers serving overseas and Afghan women working towards gender equality this week. The visit was part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation to the war-torn nation, where a series of foreign occupiers and long-term civil strife has made life difficult for all Afghans, particularly women. Graham saluted those women, as well as the American women in uniform who she said were fighting for a just cause. “It’s difficult for anyone in…

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Photos from Afghanistan: Marjah under Starlight

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By way of Ghost in the Machine and Genehack, the Big Picture’s most recent photo dispatch from Afghanistan includes images that are breath-taking (above), sweeping (shades of A Broken Frame), cinematic, poignant, and just plain sad.

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What does Charlie Crist stand for? His website says a lot…

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After a weekend in which Charlie Crist earned the endorsement of Florida’s teachers, but not the AFL-CIO, and saw him position himself to go after the backing of the Sierra Club, even the governor’s most ardent supporters have to wonder what will Crist not do to gain a political advantage.  Crist is certainly enjoying his newfound Independent status, but have his core beliefs changed? Not according to his website, at least. Take a look at the meta-tags in the source…

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Worried about unemployment, Haiti, Afghanistan? Put your worries aside – LegoLand is coming to Florida

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Governor Charlie Crist today joined Merlin Entertainments chief executive Nick Varney for the company’s announcement that they will open a LEGOLAND® family theme park at the 145-acre Cypress Gardens site in Winter Haven. Merlin recently purchased Cypress Gardens and expects LEGOLAND® Florida to open by late 2011. “Today’s announcement is exciting news for Florida and the millions of people who visit our state each year,” said Governor Crist. “LEGOLAND® Florida will be an ideal combination of family fun and economic…

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