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When “Operation Enduring Freedom” expires at the end of this month, America’s 13-year-old war in Afghanistan won’t be over. It will get a new name. With violence and political dysfunction on the increase, “Operation Resolute Support” will keep US troops in combat mission until the end of next year.

Also, the GOP continues to search for a response to President Obama’s immigration orders, and strange bedfellows unite against an execution in Texas.

Photo: US Secretary of State John Kerry stands with then-Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani, (L) and Abdullah Abdullah, (R) at the United Nations Mission Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 12, 2014. (US State Department)

GOP Still Searching for Response to Obama Immigration Orders 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Ten days from now, Washington will run out of money, unless the lame duck Congress passes a funding bill. Republicans want to punish the President for his executive action on immigration but, so far, they’re not talking about another government shutdown.  Ed O’Keefe is Congressional reporter for the Washington Post.

Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post (@edatpost)

America's Longest War Is Going to Continue 35 MIN, 48 SEC

With NATO troops pulling out of Afghanistan, attacks by the Taliban are increasing, and American soldiers will stay until the end of next year. The White House was divided, but President Obama approved an expanded mission, which will also include jets, bombers and drones. Newly elected President Ashraf Ghani wants the American presence, but he’s been unable to form a government. Yesterday he fired the entire cabinet. The Taliban is taking advantage of political instability. Today, police officers and others were killed in several incidents across the country.

Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post (@africawriter)
Mark Mazzetti, New York Times (@MarkMazzettiNYT)
Omar Samad, Silk Road Consulting / New America Foundation (@OmSamad)
Lawrence Korb, Center for American Progress Action Fund (@LarryKorb)
Christine Fair, Georgetown University (@CChristineFair)

Raghavan on Taliban bring war, threatening instability in Afghanistan
Mazzetti on Obama extending US role in Afghan combat

Conservatives Join Liberals to Oppose Texas Execution of Mentally Ill Man 7 MIN, 35 SEC

In 1992, Scott Panetti shot and killed his wife’s parents in Texas.  He’s a diagnosed schizophrenic who’s been in mental institutions many times, and the US Supreme Court says it’s unconstitutional to execute the mentally ill.  But Panetti, who says that Texas wants to execute him for preaching the bible, is scheduled to die this coming Wednesday. That has created an unlikely coalition of death penalty opponents, evangelical Christians and former Texas Republican congressman Ron Paul.  Stephanie Mencimer writes for Mother Jones magazine.

Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones magazine (@smencimer)

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