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Obama administration seeks more U.N. authority to intervene in Libya

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 16:48:01 EDT

The Obama administration pressed Thursday for greater United Nations authority to confront Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's forces by land, air and sea, while insisting that Arab governments play a central role in any possible military action.

Gates says U.S. military could enforce a no-fly zone in Libya if Obama ordered one

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:08:00 EDT

The comments appeared designed to counter the criticism surrounding his earlier remarks.

Obama offers tempered support for Libya rebels

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

President Obama on Friday offered only tempered support for Libya's rebels and played down the feasibility of Western military intervention to aid their cause, raising questions about how far he is willing to go to help fulfill his declaration last week that Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi "must le...

Turmoil jars U.S. counterterrorism efforts

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 21:04:00 EST

In a span of weeks, popular uprisings in the Islamic world have upended counterterrorism relationships that the United States spent much of the past decade trying to build.

Hacked e-mails show Web's usefulness in dirty-tricks campaigns

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 19:42:00 EST

Although much of K Street spends its time plying the halls of Congress on behalf of well-heeled clients, there is a growing dark side to Washington's lobbying and public-relations industry: figuring out new ways to undermine and sabotage opponents.

Concern grows over use of flame retardant HBCD

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 11:35:01 EST

Hexabromocyclododecane, commonly known as HBCD, is a flame retardant that is starting to give a lot of green builders headaches.

Listening to music can prompt the brain to send positive signals throughout the body

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:08:01 EST

Researchers have proved that listening to your favorite melodies and harmonies can trigger the brain to release large amounts of dopamine, a chemical that sends "feel good" signals to the rest of the body and plays a role in both motivation and addiction.

White House caution in response to Gaddafi's actions was guided by fears for the safety of Americans in Libya

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

As President Obama and his advisers measured their response to the mass killing in Libya over the past week, they were mindful of one particular scene unfolding thousands of miles away.

U.S. closes embassy in Tripoli, prepares sanctions

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 23:58:01 EST

The Obama administration announced Friday that it is finalizing sanctions against the regime of Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi and has temporarily closed the U.S. Embassy in strife-tornTripoli.

Increased U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan killing few high-value militants

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:07:00 EST

CIA drone attacks in Pakistan killed at least 581 militants last year, according to independent estimates. The number of those militants noteworthy enough to appear on a U.S. list of most-wanted terrorists: two.

Panetta outlines plan for bin Laden's detention if al-Qaeda leader is captured

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 22:10:03 EST

CIA Director Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if Osama bin Laden or his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri is captured they will be held by the military and probably will be sent to Guantanamo Bay, the first time any senior administration official has outlined a detention plan for al-Qaeda's to...

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Anthrax report casts doubt on scientific evidence in FBI case against Bruce Ivins

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 21:32:01 EST

For the FBI, the case of the anthrax killer is an investigation that never seems to end.

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Comments by Panetta stoke unmet expectations

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:08:00 EST

CIA Director Leon Panetta helped touch off an avalanche of erroneous expectations Thursday when he testified that there was a "strong likelihood" that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would step down by the end of the day.

Taliban's spring offensive likely to target Afghan leaders cooperating with government

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 23:28:01 EST

When Taliban leaders return from Pakistan this spring to begin their annual offensive in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. commander believes they will undertake a major assassination campaign against local and tribal Afghan leaders and others who in recent months have begun cooperating with government...

When innovation is a risk for small businesses

Sat, 05 Feb 2011 21:18:00 EST

The big idea: A small Chicago South Side business gambles that "green" will mean gold.

Senate probe faults Army, FBI for missing warning signs before Fort Hood attack

Thu, 03 Feb 2011 22:16:01 EST

A Senate investigation of the Fort Hood shootings faults the Army and FBI with missing warning signs and not exchanging information that could have prevented the massacre.

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Aging and failed satellites jeopardize efforts to collect data on climate change

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:12:02 EST

Shortly after it lifted off in February 2009, NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Antarctica. With that, a $250 million investment became scrap metal on the ocean floor and an effort to begin using satellites to measure atmospheric carbon dioxide and trace emiss...

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Giffords faces long road to help her brain rebuild itself after Tucson shooting

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

With the expected transfer Friday of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) from a hospital in Tucson to a rehabilitation center in Houston, her treatment transitions from a heroic, high-tech fight to save her life to a long and arduous slog to help her brain rebuild itself.

The 2011 counterterrorism calendar, working for you

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 20:29:00 EST

Al Kamen's In the Loop column highlights the National Counterterrorism Center's 2011 calendar, reports on the Air Force's plan to build an Afghan "village" and caves in New Mexico for target practice, a not-so-new leak about former Iraq ambassador April Glaspie from WikiLeaks and Justice Elena Kagan