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Checkpoint Washington: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

U.S. official presses for calm between China, Japan

A senior Pentagon official on Friday called on China and Japan to stop bickering and start talking following weeks of tension around disputed islands south of Okinawa. Michele Flournoy, the under secretary of defense for policy, called on the two...

By John Pomfret  | September 17, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Zawahiri offers window on al-Qaeda's worldview

Al-Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, weighed in this week with his annual anniversary address marking the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, describing the past nine years as a "blessed harvest" even while lashing out anew at Islamic governments that are hostile...

By Greg Miller  | September 17, 2010; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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President Obama to U.S. troops: Get your money!

Two weeks ago, The Washington Post reported that the military was struggling to convince U.S. troops that many of them were eligible for back pay because they had remained on duty beyond their original discharge date. The military had...

By Jason Ukman  | September 15, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Senate panel expected to back START resolution

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to approve a resolution of ratification for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty on Thursday, according to congressional and administration sources.

By Walter Pincus  | September 15, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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GAO: Iraq should spend more of its own money on defense

Iraq has a budget surplus of more than $50 billion and should spend more of its own money on defense equipment and training that is currently being funded by the United States, according to the Government Accountability Office.

By Karen DeYoung  | September 13, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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N.Y. imam: 'Every option' being considered on mosque near Ground Zero

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said Monday that he and his advisers are considering "every option" on what to do about the controversial Islamic community center they plan to build two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City, including delaying its construction or relocating it.

By Karen DeYoung  | September 13, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Intelligence surveillance court could become less secret

By Ellen Nakashima and Spencer S. Hsu The secretive court that oversees domestic surveillance for intelligence investigations is proposing new rules that could lift the veil slightly on its deliberations. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was set up under the...

By Ellen Nakashima and Spencer S. Hsu  | September 13, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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