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Checkpoint Washington: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Osama bin Laden embraces his inner Al Gore

The al-Qaeda chief's recorded messages are ordinarily calls to arms against the West, warning of apocalyptic consequences for enemies of his puritanical strain of Islam. But the latest message, released Friday, is instead devoted to the consequences of climate change.

By Greg Miller  | October 1, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Obama nominates Vickers for DOD intelligence post

President Obama has nominated Michael G. Vickers, a Pentagon official with a long resume in special warfare and spycraft, to be the Defense Department's top intelligence officer. If confirmed by the Senate, Vickers would succeed James R. Clapper Jr. as...

By Craig Whitlock  | October 1, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Intelligence, White House  
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Gates calls on students to serve, to 'take a risk'

Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked for recognition that a narrow sliver of the U.S. population has carried the burden of fighting two drawn-out wars, a burden that has resulted in a growing suicide rate among the armed forces and accumulated strain on their families.

By Craig Whitlock  | September 29, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Obama takes action against Iranian officials involved in human rights abuses

President Obama has signed an executive order imposing sanctions on eight Iranian officials involved in "serious human rights abuses against the people of Iran," the White House said Wednesday.

By Glenn Kessler  | September 29, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Clinton, Gates blast Congress on Iraq funding cuts

Two top Obama administration officals took aim at Congress on Tuesday for refusing to provide more money for American diplomats who will assume a bigger role in Iraq as the American military mission winds down. "The Congress took a...

By Mary Beth Sheridan  | September 28, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Israeli Foreign Minister breaks with Netanyahu over peace talks

UNITED NATIONS--Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday broke ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's peace strategy, telling the UN General Assembly that Israel should drop plans to negotiate a peace deal within the next year, and pursue a two-stage...

By Colum Lynch  | September 28, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Germany begins using full-body airport scanners

By Stephen Lowman HAMBURG -- Facing pressure from the United States to improve security, Germany on Monday began using full-body scanners to examine passengers at the international airport here -- the first time a German airport has used the imaging...

By Stephen Lowman  | September 27, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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