John Heubusch, executive director of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, told an audience gathered Tuesday night at Reagan's presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif., that the former first lady wouldn't attend a speech by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., "on doctor's orders."
(CBS News) U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, a veteran diplomat who has previously served as the American envoy in Iraq, Pakistan and Syria, is stepping down from his post.
Acting embassy spokesman Mark Thornburg told the Associated Press on Tuesday morning that "Ambassador Crocker has confirmed, with regret, that he will be leaving Kabul this summer."
Later, State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said Crocker said he would depart for "health reasons" following international donor conferences for Afghanistan this summer in Tokyo and Kabul. In a statement, Nuland said his "tenure has been marked by enormous achievements."
The surprise news of Crocker's departure was first reported by CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell on Monday night, hours after the conclusion of the NATO summit in Chicago, where Crocker was in attendance with President Obama negotiating an agreement for drawing down foreign troops and continuing to support the Afghan military. (Above, watch Norah O'Donnell report from the summit for the "CBS Evening News")Continue »
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Mitt Romney has closed the gap with President Obama among registered voters, a CBS News/New York Times poll released Wednesday found, putting the former Massachusetts governor in a dead heat with the president for the White House.
Mr. Obama and Romney each received support from 46 percent of registered voters when asked who they would vote for if the election were held today. In March, a CBS News/New York Times survey found that Mr. Obama held a slight advantage over Romney of 47 percent to 44 percent.
The poll was conducted between last Friday and Tuesday, days after former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum suspended his campaign, effectively making Romney the presumptive nominee to take on the president in the fall. Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich remain in the race but face Romney's all-but-insurmountable lead in delegates and fundraising ahead of the Republican convention this summer in Tampa, Fla.Continue »
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In an interview to be broadcast Monday evening, McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Iranian involvement shouldn't be a reason preventing the United States from providing support to the rebels in their nearly-yearlong uprising.
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In an exchange with "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley, Perry dryly said he was happy that Pelley could recall the name of the Energy Department, which escaped the presidential hopeful during a debate Wednesday night.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he would cut the United States' foreign aid budget to zero and then allocate taxpayer dollars depending on each country's support for America, indicating that Pakistan would no longer receive U.S. aid but Israel would.
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"It's time for us as a country to say no to foreign aid to countries that don't support the United States of America," Perry said.
His idea received support from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich but, in the case of Pakistan, was opposed by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at the CBS News/National Journal debate in Spartanburg, S.C.
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Half of Americans think the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan hasn't been a success, a CBS News poll released Monday shows.
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the war's beginning, and "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley will broadcast reports on the war from Kandahar, Afghanistan, Monday and Tuesday nights.
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The final bill American taxpayers will end up paying for the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq will be much more than the total amount put forward by the Congress and the federal government, the Reuters news agency reported Wednesday.
The Reuters article focused on a Brown University research project released Wednesday titled "Costs of War." In the end, between at least $3.7 trillion and $4.4 trillion -- mostly in taxpayer dollars -- will have been spent on wartime expenses, mostly on the U.S. military's missions in the respective countries that Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein once called home.Continue »
The White House Thursday dismissed al Qaeda's new leader as "an armchair general with a 'soft' image" who has "nowhere near the credentials that Osama bin Laden had."
Those stark words by a senior administration official provided the Obama administration's preliminary assessment of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the longtime bin Laden deputy who was announced Thursday morning as the successor to the terror network's deceased founder, CBS Radio News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports.
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"If we had the opportunity to take bin Laden alive, if he didn't present any threat, the individuals involved were able and prepared to do that," Brennan told reporters during a press conference.
The incident, in which the plane carrying the first lady had to perform what officials described Tuesday as a routine "go around" because it was too close to a 200-ton military cargo plane in front of it, has prompted two investigations, one by the FAA and another by the National Transportation Safety Board.Continue »
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The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it was investigating an incident involving an Air National Guard plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama after the plane was told to "go around" a military runway because of the presence of a cargo plane on the runway.
The FAA said in a statement early Tuesday evening that the plane carrying the first lady was "never in any danger" and that her plane eventually landed safely Monday.
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The plane was carrying the first lady from New York back to Joint Base Andrews near the capitol.Continue »
Earlier Thursday, National Intelligence Director James Clapper told senators during a hearing on Capitol Hill that the Qaddafi regime's military forces simply have better resources than the rebellion, which will lead to the regime eventually overtaking the uprising.Continue »
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The U.S. government's top intelligence official told senators Thursday that the regime of Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi "will prevail" eventually over the armed rebellion that grew from wave of unrest to hit North Africa and the Middle East.
National Intelligence Director James Clapper gave that assessment while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill.
"This is kind of a stalemate back and forth, but I think over the longer term that the regime will prevail," Clapper told senators.Continue »
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