What's the Endgame in Afghanistan?
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Two-thirds of Americans tell pollsters this country's longest war is no longer fighting, at the cost of many casualties and billions of dollars. We look at the shaky start of the so-called "endgame" in Afghanistan. Also, wildfires devastate large swaths of Texas, and Major League Baseball takes control of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Banner image: Taliban fighters peacefully surrender their arms during a meeting with Afghan government officials as part of the government's peace and reintegration process, April 11, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Photo: US Army Maj. James D. Crawford/ISAF Regional Command (South) via Getty Images
Wildfires Devastate Large Swaths of Texas ()
Almost 70 percent of Texas has been under extreme drought, and massive wildfires have charred some 2100 square miles. Firefighters from state and federal agencies are getting some relief from local drizzles, but it's not over yet, and it means big trouble for a state with serious financial troubles. Ted Kim is a staff writer at the Dallas Morning News.
- Ted Kim: Dallas Morning News
In Afghanistan, Is the Endgame Beginning? ()
The draw-down of troops is scheduled to start in July, with a final pullout set for 2014, but another summer of deadly fighting is already under way. In Southern Afghanistan, progress against the Taliban is described as "profound," but has come at the cost of moving troops out of the Northeast. There, the Taliban is resurgent and al Qaeda seems to be too. The Obama Administration wants peace talks, but the other side may not be at the table. We update combat and diplomacy between the US, the Taliban, Afghanistan and neighboring countries, including Pakistan.
- Rajiv Chandrasekaran: Washington Post, @rajivwashpost
- Matthew Rosenberg: Wall Street Journal, @mrosenbergNYT
- Ahmed Rashid: Lahore-based Paskistani journalist
- Christine Fair: Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, @CChristineFair
MLB Takes Over Control of Dodgers ()
Frank and Jamie McCourt have been accused of using the Los Angeles Dodgers as their personal "piggy bank" for the past seven years. On this season's opening day, a San Francisco Giants fan was beaten so badly in the stadium parking lot that he's still in a coma. Now Bud Selig is taking over "one of the most prestigious franchises in professional sports." Matt "Money" Smith is host of the Petros and Money show, heard locally on KLAC and nationally on Fox Sports Radio.
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