Assassination in Afghanistan Creates a Void

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A suicide bomber struck mourners in Kandahar today, further evidence that Afghanistan faces both increased violence and further destabilization since the assassination of President Karzai's half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai. We look at the prospects for American interests and the schedule for beginning withdrawal of troops. Also, Eric Cantor blames Obama for tense debt-ceiling meeting. On Reporter's Notebook, after a two-week shutdown of government, Minnesota's Democratic governor has offered a compromise. Will Republicans go along?

Banner image: Mourners pray over the grave of Ahmad Wali Karzai, brother of Afghan president Hamid Karzai, during a funeral in Dand district of Kandahar province on July 13, 2011. Photo by Mamoon Durrani/AFP/Getty Images