First watch: Afghanistan jeopardy, Radel resignation pressure, Health care deadline looms

McClatchy Washington BureauNovember 26, 2013 

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Soldiers stand guard in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Nov. 14, 2013. A loya jirga, or grand council, will gather on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, to discuss a security deal with the United States.

CAROLYN COLE — MCT

All U.S. troops may leave Afghanistan in 2014, as President Hamid Karzai continues requesting changes to an all-but-signed agreement that would maintain an American presence through 2024. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with Karzai Monday in Afghanistan, and warned him that new demands for prisoner releases and peace talks would not be met.

The Florida GOP is asking U.S. Rep. Trey Radel to resign while he undergoes treatment following cocaine charges. Radel went on indefinite leave last week and plans to donate his salary to charity. His House colleagues had previously said they would support his district during his absence.

The Obama administration says its HealthCare.gov website will be running properly by this weekend's deadline of Nov. 30. "Our bottom line is that we’ve made measurable progress in getting the site working smoothly for the vast majority of users," said consultant Jeffrey Zientz.

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