Area vets react to Iraq Study Group report While some politicians hope the Iraq Study Group findings will provide a blueprint to greater success in Iraq, some Minnesota veterans disagreed with several of the report's recommendations.4:19 p.m.
Minnesota Guard announces another death, more deployments Hours after the Minnesota National Guard
announced the death of a third soldier in Iraq this week, it said
Wednesday more 600 additional Minnesota Air National Guard members
would be deployed to southwest Asia early next year.4:23 p.m.
Iraq Study Group: U.S. Policy 'Not Working'
The Iraq Study Group concludes that the current policy in Iraq is "not working," and that the situation there is "grave and deteriorating." The bipartisan panel recommends involving Syria and Iran in negotiations over Iraq's future.
Levin Welcomes Iraq Panel's Urge of Change
Robert Siegel talks with Carl Levin of Michigan, ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, about the Iraq Study Group's grim assessment of Iraq. At a news conference, Levin said, "The report represents another blow at the policy of 'stay the course' that this administration has followed."
Iraq Report 'Recipe for Defeat,' Says Right Wing
Now that the Iraq Study Group report is out, conservatives are no happier than they were with the leaked information about it. Many say it amounts to a call for surrender. Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have been among those calling for more U.S. troops to fight the insurgency.
Iraqi Lawmakers Say U.S. Study Ignored Them
Even before the Iraq Study Group released its reports, many Iraqi lawmakers felt they had been left out of the process. They complained that the Baker-Hamilton team didn't spend much time in Iraq, spoke only with a few prominent politicians, and saw little beyond the blast walls of the Green Zone. Some members of Iraq's parliament offer their own recommendations for what the United States should do now.
No New Ideas in Iraq Study Group Report
The long-awaited report of the Iraq Study Group contains many ideas we have heard before, but nothing that can be characterized as a breakthrough. NPR's Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr anaylzes the report.
Senators Grill FBI Head on Investigations, Priorities
FBI Director Robert Mueller doesn't give senators enough information to carry out their oversight function, according to Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrat who will be chairman next year put Mueller on notice that the panel will expect him to be more forthcoming. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.
E. Coli Forces Taco Bell to Pull Green Onions
Tests that show green onions could be to blame for an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least three dozen people in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania leads the Taco Bell chain to stop serving the vegetables. Nine people remain hospitalized. Brad Linder reports.
Laid Off? Get Yourself Some Crunk Beats
Music critic Robert Christgau recently got fired from a job he had held for 32 years. But when he went looking for some musical catharsis, he found his punk standbys didn't work anymore. That's when he stumbled on Crunk Hits Vol. 2, a collection of dance and hip-hop songs with a raw energy full of angst-ridden pleasure.