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Two senators - Democrats Charles Schumer of New York and Ben Cardin of Maryland - returned from their August recess Thursday to give the chamber's approval for $600 million in emergency funding to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
The measure, which has already been approved by the House of Representatives, now advances to President Barack Obama's desk to be signed into law.
The bill passed by unanimous consent, a parliamentary term for a voice vote that doesn't require the return of the entire Senate chamber. GOP leaders had agreed to the maneuver.
The skeletal remains of a woman found Monday in Malibu Canyon are that of Mitrice Richardson, who had been missing for nearly a year, a family friend told CNN.
Rhonda Hampton said the coroner's office called Richardson's mother, Latice Sutton, Thursday morning to report that a positive identification was made for her daughter.
Richardson was 24 when she was last seen leaving a Los Angeles County sheriff's station in Malibu in the early morning hours of September 17, 2009.
She had been arrested the previous evening at an upscale restaurant for allegedly not paying for her meal, and patrons at the restaurant said she exhibited strange behavior.
Her family has said the college honors graduate suffered from mental health issues and should have been kept at the sheriff's station until a relative arrived to pick her up.
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Many hope that Gen. David Petraeus will save the day in Afghanistan, following what they see as his great success in Iraq. His appointment has been met with nearly unqualified praise.
Rep. John Kline of Minnesota said he was confident that Petraeus "has proven his leadership in Iraq and is extremely well-qualified for this job." Sen. John McCain, speaking for himself as well as Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman, said, "We think there is no one more qualified or more outstanding a leader than Gen. Petraeus to achieve a successful conclusion of the Afghan conflict."
When you meet him, it is easy to see why he is so popular. He is well-educated, West Point and Princeton doctorates; politically savvy, no nasty quotes in Rolling Stone or anywhere else; and very personable.
So it distresses me, but I feel feel honor-bound to point out that the Iraq he left behind is in shambles; that he is not applying what worked in Iraq to Afghanistan; and that the challenges there are much more daunting than in Iraq.
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Reporter's Note: President Obama’s Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, has taken some heat for lashing out at liberal critics of the Administration. But hey, as I note in my daily letter to the president, what are friends for if you can’t use them?
Dear Mr. President,
So I saw that your press guy, Robert Gibbs, lit into the hard core liberals in your party for sniping at you too much. Dicey business, this taking a swing at your friends, especially here in DC where one can never have too many of them. But I must say I was not surprised by his move, and frankly I’ve wondered why it has taken so long.
I know you guys are backing and filling a little now to keep them from surrounding the White House with a heavily armed mob; and by heavily armed I mean of course, wearing Birkenstocks and waving petitions. Ha!
But seriously, in my ongoing quest to send advice your way (hey, you asked for it,) I have come up with three reasons why you (or indeed, any president… except maybe Taft…) should not worry too much about dissent in the party’s base.
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A man was taken into custody Wednesday night in Atlanta in connection with the stabbings of 20 people, police said Thursday. Five of the victims died.
The attacks began in May and occurred in Michigan, Virginia and Ohio. Police were conducting a multistate search for a suspect and had recently released a composite sketch.
The man was taken into custody at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, said Leesburg, Virginia, police spokesman Chris Jones. He was being held on unrelated charges, police said.
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Sixteen-week-old Chihuahua named 'Chilli' sits on a suitcase containing one million Australian dollars (904,000 USD) as Australian businessman Dick Smith (not pictured) speaks to the media to announce the details of his Wilberforce Award in Sydney on August 11, 2010.AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
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