Obama Declares End to Combat in Iraq: In what marked his second speech to the nation from the Oval Office, President Barack Obama said last night that combat operations in Iraq are over. The New York Times reports that Obama said the United States has met its responsibility to that country and that it is now time to turn to pressing problems at home. The full text of the speech is available here.
Tax Cuts on Horizon? The Obama administration is weighing a range of measures to stimulate the economy, including tax cuts and a new nationwide infrastructure program. The Wall Street Journal reports that the president's economic team has met frequently to discuss options, including additional small business and payroll tax cuts.
Fears Ease Over Suspected Terror Plot: The Detroit Free Press reports that fears are easing that two men arrested in Amsterdam on Monday with suspicious items in their luggage are terrorists. After the arrest of Ahmed Moihamed Nasser al Soofi and Hezem Abdullah Thabi al Murisi, reports circulated that the two men may have been making a dry run of a terror plot. The U.S. does not expect to charge the two men.
Court Says Gays Can't Divorce in Texas: Gay couples legally married in other states cannot get a divorce in Texas, a state appeals court ruled yesterday. The Associated Press reports that the 5th Texas Court of Appeals ruled that a Dallas district court judge didn't have the authority to hear a divorce case involving two Dallas men who married in Massachusetts in 2006.
House Panel Recommends 3 for Further Investigation: The Associated Press reports that House investigators have recommended that three lawmakers be further investigated to determine whether political contributions were improperly linked to votes on the huge financial overhaul bill. The independent House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the member-run House ethics committee pursue potential rules violations by Republicans John Campbell of California and Tom Price of Georgia and Democrat Joseph Crowley of New York.