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Oversight of U.S. aid to Afghanistan "sloppy"
11 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oversight and controls for more than $40 billion in U.S. funds to rebuild Afghanistan have been "sloppy" so far despite lessons from Iraq, the U.S. chief inspector for Afghanistan reconstruction said on Tuesday. Retired Major General Arnold Fields said there needed to be more accountability, particularly as the Obama administration intends to fun ...

Senators debate requiring sick leave for flu
11 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Desiree Rosado's daughter got the flu last month, she took a week off without pay; just an hour after finally returning to work Rosado had to leave again to take her feverish son home. A bill proposed by Democratic Senator Chris Dodd would require U.S. employers to provide paid sick leave, helping workers like Rosad ...

Dodd seeks more muscle in U.S. financial reforms
11 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pushing for tougher changes in U.S. financial regulations, the Senate's top banking legislator on Tuesday proposed a new super-cop to police banks, a systemic risk agency and strong consumer protections. Senator Christopher Dodd, who is fighting for his political life back home in Connecticut, unveiled a 1,136-page bill that leaps ahead of pr ...

Obama weighs four options in Afghanistan: White House
11 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ross Colvin FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's deliberations over war strategy in Afghanistan have narrowed to four options but a decision is still weeks away, the White House said on Tuesday. "The president will have an opportunity to discuss four options with his national security team tomorrow," Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs, told reporters aboard Air Force ...

Bill Clinton rallies Senate Democrats on healthcare
11 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By John Whitesides and Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Bill Clinton visited the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to urge Senate Democrats to quickly pass a broad healthcare overhaul, but a party leader said final action could spill into next year. With the clock ticking on President Barack Obama's hopes of signing a healthcare bill by the end of the year, Clinton told Demo ...

Obama: Gunman in Fort Hood rampage to pay for crimes
11 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ross Colvin FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to make sure the gunman who killed 13 people in a rampage at a U.S. Army base in Texas pays for his crimes. Leading a memorial service for victims of an attack blamed on a Muslim Army psychiatrist, Obama reminded Americans they were enduring "trying times" while fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan b ...

Weaker Ida soaks U.S. Gulf Coast, hits oil supply
10 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Kelli Dugan MOBILE, Alabama (Reuters) - A weakening Tropical Storm Ida brought drenching rain to the U.S. Gulf Coast as it slowly approached shore on Tuesday after shutting down almost 30 percent of Gulf energy production. Once a Category 2 hurricane, Ida's threat was easing as its top sustained winds fell to 50 miles per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a 4 a.m. E ...

Pakistani Taliban vow tough guerrilla war
10 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Alamgir Bitani PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban have started a guerrilla war against the army and will wage a tough, protracted fight in the insurgents' South Waziristan stronghold, a Taliban spokesman said on Tuesday. The army went on the offensive in South Waziristan, a lawless ethnic Pashtun region on the Afghan border, on October 17, aiming to root out Pakistan ...

Dodd set to unveil financial reform bill
10 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd will unveil long-awaited draft legislation on financial regulation reform on Tuesday, his office said on Monday. Marking another step forward in a bid by the Obama administration and congressional Democrats to tighten bank and capital market rules, the Dodd bill has been under development for ...

Two Koreas in brief naval clash, vessels hit
10 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jon Herskovitz and Kim Yeon-hee SEOUL (Reuters) - Navies from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire for the first time in seven years on Tuesday, damaging vessels on both sides and raising tension just days before President Barack Obama travels to Asia. North Korea has often used military action to force its way onto the agenda of major diplomatic events and has been seeking direct t ...

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