Success is still achievable in Afghanistan but, without more troops in the next year, the eight-year conflict "will likely result in failure." That's according to a 66-page "urgent confidential assessment" by the top US and NATO commander, General Stanley McChrystal that's been posted on the Washington Post. Peter Spiegel is senior foreign policy correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
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Conventional wisdom has it that healthcare reform is in big trouble, especially with conservative, "Blue Dog" Democrats worried about next year's elections. But big Pharma's on board and the American Medical Association, after 60 years of denouncing government plans as "socialized medicine." Are White House tactics paying off after all? What did those special interests get for their support? What did they give up? Will it all add up to cost control? We talk to the doctors and others.
Nancy Nielsen, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association
Robert Laszewski, President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute / Atlantic (@NormOrnstein)
Charles Babington, Associated Press (@cbabington)
The FBI and New York City Police don't yet have specific information on timing or targets, but an urgent investigation is said to be picking up speed on what could be the first terrorist operation on US soil since 9/11 that's linked to al Qaeda. Three arrests have been made so far, two near Denver, Colorado, the other in Queens, New York. Three native Afghans, living legally in the US, are charged with deliberately making false statements to federal agents. Josh Meyer covers terrorism for the Los Angeles Times.
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