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MN Red Bulls Looking Forward To Coming Home In 2012

Red Bulls, National Guard troops from Minnesota, celebrate the new year

After months of being deployed in Kuwait, members of Minnesota’s “Red Bulls”, the 1-125 Field Artillery of the Minnesota National Guard, are looking forward to heading home soon. The thoughts of going home buoyed the troops as they rang in the new year from Camp Patriot, Kuwait. 1st Sgt. James Benson and his fellow soldiers symbolically burned their Christmas trees as midnight approached. “Another new year and we’re really looking forward. Continue Reading →

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Obama: War Over, Now Rebuild America

President Obama says with the Iraq ware over, it's now time to rebuild America

Now that the war in Iraq is over, President Obama says it is time to focus on rebuilding America. In his weekly address, he expressed the gratitude of the entire nation to the brave men and women who have served in the war in Iraq, and welcomed our troops home as we mark the official end to the war. This historic achievement would not be possible without the skill and dedication of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. They prove every day that when we come together, there is nothing we cannot do. President Obama says now it’s time to follow their example, put aside partisanship, and rebuild our economy so that every American who wants to work can find a job, and everyone has the opportunity to make it if they try. Continue Reading →

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FBI Raid Targets Ordered To Appear In Front Of Grand Jury

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A showdown is in the making between the government and three Twin Cities anti-war activists targeted by the FBI. Tracy Molm, Anh Pham and Sarah Martin have received word from the U.S. Attorney’s Office that that they will be called to appear in front of a Chicago Grand Jury. Groups supporting the three plan to hold a news conference today at 4:30 pm at the Minneapolis Federal Building. Continue Reading →

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Vice President Biden In Iraq For End Of Combat Ceremony

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According to the White House, Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Iraq to participate in a Change of Command and Change of Mission Ceremony, fulfilling the commitment made by the President in his first month in office. A White House press release says this is the Vice President’s sixth trip to Iraq since January 2009. The United States ends its combat mission in Iraq on August 31st, having drawn down to fewer than 50,000 troops from approximately 144,000 troops in January 2009. The remaining troops will advise and assist Iraq’s security forces, conduct partnered counter-terrorism operations, and protect U.S. civilians. In accordance with an agreement between the U.S. and Iraqi governments, all U.S. forces will leave Iraq by December 31, 2011. Continue Reading →

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GOP Or Dem Led-“War Is War” Says Amy Goodman

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Investigative journalist Amy Goodman spoke to The UpTake at Netroots. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama, both the objects of her harsh assessment. Reids numbers, Goodman said, are as low as Las Vegass unemployment is high. And his unwillingness to adopt climate change legislation transcends policy to be a matter of survival. ;
She pointed out that President Obama was elected on an antiwar platform, but voters didnt hear the second part of what he said about Afghanistan. Continue Reading →

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