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Thursday, December 16, 2010

White House Sees Progress In Afghanistan War, Despite Challenges

U.S. soldiers patrol in Panjwai district of Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)

U.S. soldiers patrol in Panjwai district of Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)

The Obama administration’s year-end review of strategy in Afghanistan concludes that this year’s troop surge has diminished the influence of both al-Qaida and the Taliban.   The report finds that challenges remain, but the U.S. can begin to pull out troops in July.

The size and pace of troop withdrawals are now up for debate in the White House and the Pentagon. We get the latest from Rajiv Chandrasekaran, associate editor at the Washington Post.


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Spotlight

From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

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June 25 79 Comments

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June 24 9 Comments

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Jeremy Hobson sits down with Annise Parker, the city's second female mayor and first openly gay mayor.

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10 Years Later: Hurricane Katrina Evacuees In Houston

Syeda Hasan of Houston Public Media spoke with two New Orleans evacuees about what it took to call Houston home.