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Secretary of State John F. Kerry is trying to broker a power-sharing deal between Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (left) and Ashraf Ghani (right). The U.S. is spending billions of dollars to rebuild Afghanistan, which is considered one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Additional U.S. dollars could be wasted through poor planning and the influence of drug trafficking. (Associated Press)

U.S. on long-term track to waste billions of dollars in Afghanistan

- The Washington Times

On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Obama used the occasion last week to remind Americans that “our combat mission in Afghanistan will come to an end” in three months. But the cost to U.S. taxpayers for reconstruction in Afghanistan will continue.

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U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Why are we aiding countries that oppose U.S. priorities at the United Nations?

Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick was frustrated. Countries happily took American foreign aid, but then blithely opposed U.S. initiatives and priorities in the United Nations. They took U.S. aid for granted because previous opposition hadn't affected U.S. aid decisions and, instead, yielded to pressure from other countries to present regional solidarity and overwhelmingly supported deleterious positions staked out by intransigent authoritarian countries in their regions.

Book reveals secrets and lies behind the Benghazi scandal

- The Washington Times

In bookstores Tuesday: "The REAL Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary Don't Want You to Know," by Aaron Klein. He tells Inside the Beltway that his investigative book shows the Obama administration "has lost all credibility and will not hesitate to outright lie to the American public, even at the expense of our safety" — and that the administration "cannot be trusted with U.S. national security." Mr. Klein has much on his mind.

FILE – In this April 9, 2013 file photo Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left, talks with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. on Capitol Hill in Washington. After investigating the IRS for more than a year, two key senators, a Democrat, Levin, and a Republican, McCain, disagree on whether the tax agency treated conservative groups worse than their liberal counterparts when they applied for tax-exempt status. The Senate’s subcommittee on investigations released competing reports Friday on how the IRS handled applications from political groups during the 2010 and 2012 elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senate investigators find no IRS bias against conservatives

- The Washington Times

The Senate's chief investigative panel has concluded that there was no political bias in the agency's targeting of nonprofit groups for special scrutiny, saying that while the questions were intrusive, the IRS inspector general blew the matter out of proportion.