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  • Afghan gratitude and American folly

    Afghan gratitude and American folly
    If you're looking for gratitude from the Afghans, President Ashraf Ghani is your man. When he appeared before Congress on Wednesday, he expressed thanks to American troops, their families, Congress, President Barack Obama and "ordinary Americans whose hard-earned taxes have over the years built the partnership" between the United States and Afghanistan.
  • The best and worst moments from GQ's Ben Carson profile

    WASHINGTON Is he ready for prime time? In its April issue, GQ magazine features a profile on prospective presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, the retired head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and the first African-American to run a division...

    Starbucks as citizen: CEO Schultz acts boldly on social, political issues

    SEATTLE When Starbucks hosted the cream of Wall Street analysts and investors at the coffee giant's headquarters here in December, the company did not kick off the gathering by highlighting its growing profits or its strategy for global conquest. It chose...

    Pentagon continues push for base-closing authority

    Pentagon continues push for base-closing authority
    The Defense Department is open to changing how it handles another round of military base closings, hoping to break a stalemate on an issue in which Hampton Roads has a big stake. The changes would not alter the fundamental purpose of the Base...

    Analysis: Reluctant warrior Obama wavers as Iran steps up in terror fight

    WASHINGTON Days after Ashton Carter became Defense secretary, he huddled with 30 American diplomats and generals on a U.S. Army base in Kuwait to review President Barack Obama's plan for battling Islamic State. Emerging from the six-hour meeting,...