The Senate denied Obama the money to shut down the prison, in part because Democrats didn't want to be seen as soft on terrorism.
Californians reject the governor's plans for budget reforms, leaving him politically damaged and with a $21.3 billion deficit to manage.
The nation's changing demographics won't be a permanent roadblock to a Republican comeback, the former party chairman said Wednesday at a Monitor breakfast.
Two recent polls show that Arab nations have not embraced the president the way other areas of the world have.
The aid is partly to offset anger at the US-supported counterinsurgency campaign.
The inspector general finds too few watchdogs keeping an eye on how US reconstruction funds are spent.
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