#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – Nov.24 – Britain withdrew its last military forces from southern Afghanistan on Monday, after 13 years of fighting, AFP said.
A ceremony at Kandahar airfield marked the departure of remaining Royal Air Force personnel as the final British base was handed over to Afghan forces in October. Since 2001, Britain has suffered 453 military deaths during operations in some of the most violent parts of Afghanistan.
Much of the British fighting took place in neighbouring Helmand province.
It still remains a Taliban insurgent stronghold and a centre of opium poppy cultivation.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.23 – Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) told reporters on Monday night that she had the 60 votes she needed to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
But secretly, she knew she was one short.
Behind the scenes, Landrieu furiously lobbied Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), hoping he’d become her 60th vote.
She also targeted Sen. Angus King, the independent from Vermont, and the Democratic senators due to retire at the end of the year, Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), according to lawmakers familiar with the negotiations according to reporters Alexander Bolton & Laura Barron-Lopez.
#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – Nov.23 – Donors, Democratic operatives and officials from political action committees gathered Friday in New York to lay the groundwork for Hillary Clinton’s potential White House run in 2016 the Hill’s Amie Parnes reported.
While buzz of Clinton’s would-be candidacy filled the meeting of the Ready for Hillary National Finance Committee meeting, questions and concerns about the presidential race were also on everyone’s lips.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.23 – House Republicans next year will try to block Washington, D.C.’s, newly enacted law legalizing recreational marijuana Mike Lillis reported.
Rep. Andy Harris said he “absolutely” intends to launch a push to dismantle the new law when Congress returns with an empowered GOP majority in the 114th Congress.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.23 – President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he “bent over backwards” to give Congress leeway to pass immigration reform The Hill reported.
On ABC’s “This Week,” Obama said he has issued fewer executive actions than most former presidents “by a long-shot.”