1. MILITARY

    Obama Signs Defense Bill

    FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington. Leaving behind a year of bruising legislative battles, President Barack Obama enters his fourth year in office having calculated that he no longer needs Congress to promote his agenda, and could even benefit in his re-election campaign if lawmakers take little action in 2012.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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    President Obama signed a controversial defense bill into law on Saturday, despite admitting that he has “serious reservations” about the handling of terror suspects. The $662 billion provides funding for military personnel, weapons systems, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the fiscal year starting on Oct. 1. It also freezes $700 million in funding for Pakistan until the country develops a plan for dealing with improvised explosive devices. The White House had threatened to veto the bill, until Congress made a number of last-minute changes. In a signing statement, Obama insisted that the “administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation.”

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