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President Obama declared Monday he is sticking to his war strategy of using U.S. troops to advise and mentor Afghan forces, even as a suddenly growing number of Americans are being fatally shot by the very Afghans they are training to take on insurgents.
House Republican freshmen have been in Washington for a year, but they haven't become part of the established order. A group of these members gathered at the Capitol Wednesday to announce they would do their share to pay down the nation's crippling $15.4 trillion debt. They believe fiscal responsibility begins with their own office budget.
The office nameplates are posted, key committee assignments doled out and the staff members are - more or less - in place. For the history-making class of freshmen who flipped the House from Democratic to Republican control, now comes the hard part: governing in opposition to a president intent on his own re-election.
"It's an embarrassing situation, and I regret it," Mr. Yoder said during an interview on public radio station KCUR-FM in Kansas City, Mo. "I know that many constituents out there are sort of scratching their heads, saying, 'What is this guy up to?