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Top of the Hour: Obama Administration Plans to Speed Up Withdrawal from Afghanistan, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The New York Times reports that the Obama Administration is considering whether to speed up the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan by at least 20,000 additional troops by next year. The Times says it's an idea that the White House has been discussing for awhile, but that the situation in Afghanistan appears to be unravelling faster than anyone expected.

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Top of the Hour: Taliban Fighters Fire on Afghan Delegation, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Taliban fighters opened fire this morning on an Afghan government delegation visiting the village in southern Afghanistan where a U.S. soldier is suspected of killing 16 civilians.

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Top of the Hour: Afghanistan's Parliament Responds to Sunday's Shooting, Morning Headlines

Monday, March 12, 2012

Afghanistan's Parliament this morning expressed outrage at the killing of 16 Afghan civilians, saying it's "run out of patience" with the arbitrary actions of foreign forces. The Sunday morning gunman allegedly was a US soldier who was serving in the south of Afghanistan. His name has not been made public, but officials say he was based in Washington state.

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Top of the Hour: Kofi Annan and Bashar al-Assad Fail to Agree on Cease-Fire; Morning Headlines

Monday, March 12, 2012

A special envoy for the UN and the Arab League, led by Kofi Annan, has left Syria empty-handed. Although Annan met twice with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus over the weekend, they could not agree on a cease-fire. In the meantime, even more killings are reported in Syria. One activist group says 45 people, including children, were killed in the city of Homs last night.

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Top of the Hour: Progress for Greek Debt Crisis, Morning Headlines

Friday, March 09, 2012

Greece has reached an agreement with 85 percent of the investors who held Greek bonds, taking the country one step closer to getting the international loans it needs to avoid a default. The agreement could cut Greece's debt by 140 billion dollars.

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Top of the Hour: Barbour Pardons Deemed Legal by Mississippi Supreme Court, Morning Headlines

Friday, March 09, 2012

Before leaving office, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour issued pardons based on the prisoners' "repentance, rehabilitation and redemption." The pardons included four convicted killers. Yesterday, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled the pardons were legal.

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Top of the Hour: UN's Amano Questions Iranian Nuclear Capacity, Morning Headlines

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Yukiya Amano, head of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency, raised questions Wednesday about how truthful Iran is being about its nuclear program. "There may be other facilities which are not declared, and we have the indication or information that Iran has engaged in activities relevant to the development of nuclear explosive devices," Amano said in an interview with CNN.

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Top of the Hour: Top Syrian Official Defects, Morning Headlines

Thursday, March 08, 2012

A top Syrian official, Deputy Oil Minister Abdo Hussameddin, has defected to the opposition through an announcement on YouTube. Hussameddin is the highest ranking Syrian government official to switch sides since the rebellion began over a year ago.

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Top of the Hour: Kucinich Loses Congressional Race in Ohio, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

In Ohio, Super Tuesday not only meant a Republican presidential primary but a race that pitted eight-term Congressman Dennis Kucinich against 15-term Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. After the votes were tallied, Kucinich came up short. Kaptur now faces the GOP primary winner, Samuel Wurzelbacher, the man who became known as "Joe the Plumber" during the 2008 Presidential race.

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Top of the Hour: Romney Wins a Tight Race in Ohio, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

After Super Tuesday, splits in the race for the GOP presidential nomination remain. Although Mitt Romney won in Ohio, it was neck and neck with Rick Santorum until the end.

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Top of the Hour: More than 400 Delegates at Stake on Super Tuesday, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Super Tuesday has arrived for the Republican presidential candidates, where voting will take place across 10 states from Virginia to Alaska. The state receiving the most attention is Ohio, where polls show Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in a dead heat.

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Top of the Hour: Voice of a Georgia Voter on Super Tuesday, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Nearly one-third of the delegates needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination are up for grabs today. We speak with one voter, Priscilla Benitez, who joins us from Atlanta, Georgia.

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Top of the Hour: Putin Wins Russian Election, Morning Headlines

Monday, March 05, 2012

Vladimir Putin has been elected to serve another six years as Russia's president. However, many say the win is illegitimate. The official count shows Putin winning 64 percent of the vote, but anti-government protesters claim the voting was fixed. Activists are planning numerous protests near the Kremlin.

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Top of the Hour: Final Day of Campaign Before Super Tuesday, Morning Headlines

Monday, March 05, 2012

It's the final full day of campaigning for the Republican presidential candidates before tomorrow's Super Tuesday contests. Voting takes place across 10 states, including Ohio, Georgia, and Virginia. Front runner Mitt Romney is focusing on Ohio, where polls put him in a dead heat with rival Rick Santorum. 

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Top of the Hour: Red Cross Enters Syria, Morning Headlines

Friday, March 02, 2012

Syria’s government is allowing the Red Cross into the Baba Amr district of Homs today… for the first time since the weeks-long military bombardment began there.

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Top of the Hour: Romney Wins Wyoming, Morning Headlines

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the Wyoming caucuses last night with 39 percent of the vote. Rick Santorum followed with 32 percent.

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Top of the Hour: Tornados in the Midwest, Morning Headlines

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The death toll is up to 12 in the aftermath of 15 tornadoes that tore through the Midwest. Damage assessments are just beginning.

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Top of the Hour: Olympia Snowe Wil Not Seek Second Term, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Republican Senator Olympia Snowe is stepping down and won't run for a fourth term. In a statement the Maine senator says she's tired of the "my way of the highway" approach to politics in Washington.

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Top of the Hour: Romney Wins Arizona and Michigan Primaries, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mitt Romney has two big wins yesterday as he took the Arizona by a decisive margin and also won in his home-state of Michigan. He takes his momentum into Super Tuesday.

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Top of the Hour: Crucial Primaries for Mitt Romney, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Arizona and Michigan hold their GOP primaries today. Rick Santorum is trying to stop rival Mitt Romney rolling to the nomination. Yesterday his supporters used robocalls appealing to Democrats to vote against Mitt Romney in Michigan. Mitt Romney described the move as a "dirty trick."

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