The Washington Independent

Mike Lillis leads The Washington Independent this Wednesday with a recap of yesterday's abortion debate. The amendment, offered by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), was defeated on a 54-45 vote -- an outcome Democrats celebrated. Below, Spencer Ackerman reviews Gen. Stanley McChrystal's testimony on Tuesday before the House Armed Services Committee. Said the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to lawmakers: “I absolutely believe that we — and I mean the government of Afghanistan with coalition help — can defeat the Taliban.”