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First 100 days: Biden sees more Afghanistan casualties

The nation should expect more U.S. military casualties as the Obama administration plans to send additional troops to Afghanistan, Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday. The Pentagon plans to send up to 30,000 additional troops, a request that was endorsed by the Bush administration and has been favored by the Obama government, too. Biden said additional U.S. forces will be engaging the enemy more. Asked if that means more casualties, he answered: "I hate to say it, but yes, I think there will be. There will be an uptick."

The longest-running Senate campaign in the nation heads into the home stretch this week. We think. Today in St. Paul, Minn., a three-judge panel will kick off a trial featuring Norm Coleman, the incumbent Republican who, after an initial election-night count showed him ahead by a few hundred votes, finished 225 behind Democrat Al Franken when a full hand recount concluded.

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