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Checkpoint Washington: September 5, 2010 - September 11, 2010

Obama signals borders will be a focus of peace talks

President Obama on Friday signaled that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators might begin their peace talks by focusing on the potential border between the two states in order to overcome potential conflicts over Israeli settlement growth on the West Bank....

By Glenn Kessler  | September 10, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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'Khost to Coast' fundraiser for CIA families gets a boost

Former President George H.W. Bush is giving a symbolic boost to a coast-to-coast bicycle ride intended to raise money for families of CIA officers and contractors killed in last December's suicide attack at an agency base in Khost, Afghanistan. Bush, who was CIA director in the 1970s, lauded the effort in a letter timed to coincide with Saturday's formal launch of the 3,200-mile ride.

By Joby Warrick  | September 10, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Pentagon weighs call to try to dissuade pastor from burning Korans

The Pentagon's top spokesman suggested Thursday that a senior official from the Defense Department might call the Florida pastor who has threatened to burn Korans this Saturday and strongly urge him to abandon his plans. In recent days, Secretary of...

By Peter Finn  | September 9, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Top U.S. intel officer in Afghanistan to leave post

The top U.S. military intelligence officer in Afghanistan, who has led an aggressive and controversial push to change what kinds of intelligence the military collects, will be returning to Washington, a defense official said.

By Greg Jaffe  | September 9, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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State Department issues worldwide travel alert

The State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert, warning U.S. citizens that plans by a Florida pastor to burn Korans on Sept. 11 could provoke anti-U.S. demonstrations.

By Washington Post staff  | September 9, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Dissident group says Iran has secret nuclear facility

An Iranian dissident group said on Thursday that it has identified a previously undisclosed nuclear facility under construction northwest of Tehran, claiming to have evidence that shows the Islamic nation is deceiving inspectors and moving forward in its pursuit of a bomb.

By Greg Miller  | September 9, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Pentagon IG overlooking fraud, Grassley says

The Pentagon's official watchdog has gotten lazy and isn't paying attention to signs of fraud and abuse in defense contracting, according to Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).

By Craig Whitlock  | September 8, 2010; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Clinton declares an 'American Moment' in foreign policy

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared Wednesday that "a new American moment" had arrived in international relations--"a moment when our global leadership is essential, even if we must often lead in new ways."

By Glenn Kessler  | September 8, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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