Panetta: Reconciliation Must Be Afghan Led

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters Wednesday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent statement indicating three-way talks between the Taliban, the U.S. and Afghanistan shows that his country is taking a lead role in reintegrating Taliban forces into Afghan society.

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TRNS News Notes- 8/31

Obama admin preps China sanctions
Obama to Alaska: Urgent climate push
Houston officer shooting: Suspect to court
Iran deal’s Capitol Hill foes: Plan B
Bush: Fundraisers’ loss / Dems agonize
Iowa polls: Strengths and dangers






Monday, August 31

● DARPA invents Gremlins to draw enemy fire

● Tax-funded charter school accused of teaching religion

● Border agent indicted for alien smuggling

● Labor board revises joint-employer status

● High court asked to affirm Three-Judge Court Act

● Violent crime in 2014






Sec. Carter Announces Flexible Hybrid Electronic Initiative

Flexible hybrid electronics are not a new development, but the initative will “focus on bringing these technologies down the cost curve.”






The World in 2:00 – August 28, 2015

The World in 2:00

Facing December elections and a collapsing economy, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has closed the border with Colombia and ordered thousands deported.






WH: Gun Laws Wouldn’t Have Stopped Virginia Shooter, But Could Save Others

“There are similarly shocking acts of violence that don’t get this attention that could be prevented if Congress, or at least if so many members of Congress, frankly, weren’t scared of the NRA,” Earnest said.






Virginia Teen Sentenced To 11 Years For Assisting Islamic State

Ali Shukri Amin confessed to running the @Amreekiwitness Twitter account, which educated people on how to use bitcoin to covertly fund IS.