GOP Lawmakers, Foreign Policy Experts Blast Troop Withdrawal Announcement

Say move could embolden Taliban, lead to resurgence in violence
President Barack Obama announces U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan / AP

Republican lawmakers and foreign policy experts blasted President Barack Obama’s announcement on Tuesday that he would fully withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 as a move that could embolden the Taliban and eventually lead to a resurgence in violence.

Ex-Countrywide Exec Co-Wrote Mortgage Reform Bill

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Controversial housing finance reform legislation making its way through the Senate Banking Committee was co-written by a former mortgage trader for Countrywide Financial and Wachovia, two of the subprime mortgage behemoths at the center of the housing market crash in 2007.

Bob Corker Blocking Venezuela Sanctions Bill

Bipartisan bill to sanction human rights abusers stalled
Sen. Bob Corker (R.,Tenn.) / AP

Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) is said to be standing in the way of a bipartisan bill aimed at sanctioning human rights abusers in Venezuela, where anti-government protesters have come under violent attack by supporters of its Socialist government.

UAW Appeals Historic Loss in Tennessee

Appeals process could drag out union election for years
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The United Auto Workers (UAW) union asserted in an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed Friday that Republican public officials and union opponents unfairly influenced workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant that rejected the union by a 53-47 percent margin on Feb. 14.

Pentagon: No Unusual Chinese Military Maneuvers Despite Tensions with Japan

Beijing launches first naval exercises since declaring ADIZ
Chinese naval fleet / AP

China’s military forces are showing no signs of increased alert status or readiness for conflict despite high tensions with Japan over Beijing’s air defense zone overlapping U.S. and Japanese air defense coverage of the disputed Senkaku islands.