As the U.S. prepares to withdraw from Iraq, Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Baghdad for negotiations with election front-runners Nouri Maliki and Iyad Allawi over the Fourth of July weekend.

He expresses optimism they can form a government, an effort that has nearly stalled.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq-biden-20100704,0,3083700.story

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Should private contractors like Blackwater be allowed to continue to provide armed security for convoys, military bases and other facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq? A bipartisan U.S.

Congressional commission will spend two days cross-examining 14 witnesses from academia, government and the companies themselves to come up with an answer.

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http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/16-10

Indeed, as we look back at our years in Iraq, almost all of what once passed for conventional wisdom has been proven wrong.

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http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/04/15/so_what_happened_to_iraq_105186.html

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s bloc has won the most seats in Iraq’s parliamentary elections, final results show.http://www.theafricanstore.org/

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8590017.stm

Ali Hassan al-Majid, Saddam Hussein’s notorious cousin known as Chemical Ali, is hanged for crimes against humanity in Iraq.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8479115.stm

FOR 70 YEARS.

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http://rawstory.com/2009/2010/01/details-iraq-whistleblowers-alleged-suicide-sealed-70-years/

President Obama has offered Haiti the United States’ ‘full support’ after the island nation suffered an epic earthquake.

What he did not mention is America’s generosity may come with a hefty price tag to U.S. taxpayers as the deficit mushrooms from the cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/u-s-may-face-steep-tab-for-rebuilding-haiti-after-earthquake/19315978/