President Barack Obama will bring home 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, global oil reserves have been tapped in an effort to cut gas prices, and the majority of babies born in the United States are minorities.
Also, Huntsman will target independents, lawmakers will introduce a bill to legalize marijuana, and the Winklevoss twins end their feud with Facebook.
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(via POLITICO Breaking News) President Barack Obama on Wednesday night told the nation that he will bring home 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year and reverse the full 33,000-troop surge by the end of next summer. The president’s plan is a more rapid drawdown than what top Pentagon officials had favored, reflecting growing fiscal and political pressures at home. Obama believes the accelerated drawdown is possible because of military gains by U.S. and coalition forces since he launched the surge in December 2009. About 68,000 U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan after the withdrawals.
Karzai Welcomes Withdrawal, but Many Afghans Are Wary, http://nyti.ms/kHJXtg
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai praised the 30,000 troop reduction President Obama announced last night, saying it was the “right decision for the interest of both countries.” Some other politicians, however, are worried that the country’s security forces needs more time and training from Americans.
Va. man charged in 2010 DC-area military shootings, http://yhoo.it/ldMvBV
The man who was arrested near the Pentagon last week, a Marine Corps reservist, has been charged in a series of shootings from 2010. Bomb materials were found in his backpack when he was detained at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. Officials have since discovered a video that he took of himself firing shots outside the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
Global Oil Reserves Tapped in Effort to Cut Cost at Pump, http://nyti.ms/jEAxVH
The United States is partnering with 28 other nations to release 60 million barrels of world oil reserves. Half of the barrels will come from the US, after weeks of secret negotiations. The oil will replace what was lost in production due to the conflict in Libya.
Census shows whites lose US majority among babies, http://bit.ly/lvJA8X
According to the latest government data from the 2010 Census, the majority of American babies are minorities. This newest generation is vastly different from the predominately white group of older Americans.
Jon Huntsman sees independents as key, http://politi.co/lfCMLq
Jon Huntsman plans to obtain the Republican nomination by utilizing the election laws in New Hampshire and South Carolina that allow independent voters to cast ballots in the GOP primary. John Weaver, Huntsman’s chief strategist, said that “the fact that a candidate can attract independent votes is a good indication that they can be more viable in a general election.”
Lawmakers to introduce bill to legalize marijuana, http://yhoo.it/jz03Bg
Congressmen Barney Frank (D) and Ron Paul (R) are going to introduce a bill legalizing marijuana today. The bill, the first ever of its kind, will leave marijuana legislation up to the states. Sixteen states allow medical marijuana, but the plant is still illegal under federal law.
Winklevoss twins end appeal of Facebook settlement, http://reut.rs/kfRC4s
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg paid Harvard classmates Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss $65 million in a settlement over who thought of the idea for the social networking site. After agreeing to the settlement, the brothers tried to undo it and ask for more money. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled against them, they have decided not to appeal the decision.
NCAA sends UNC official notice of allegations in football investigation, http://bit.ly/kgy7z6
Missy Elliott Diagnosed With Incurable Graves Disease, http://bit.ly/kHo93O
Pottermore Unveiled! J.K. Rowling Launches New Web Site, http://bit.ly/kVCrfk
Jackass Stars Pay Their Respects at Memorial Service for Ryan Dunn, http://eonli.ne/j03x9M