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SC announces Jan. 21 Republican primary

The chairman of South Carolina’s Republican Party announced Monday that the state would hold its GOP primary on January 21, leapfrogging the Florida primary and violating Republican National Committee rules. The move was a direct reaction to Florida’s announcement Friday that the state’s Republican primary would be held on January…

Murdoch: News Corp. handled crisis ‘extremely well’

WASHINGTON — News Corp. chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch said in an interview published Thursday that his company has handled the phone-hacking crisis in Britain “extremely well” and will recover. In an interview with the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal, Murdoch also said he would set up an independent…

Admiral Mullen to visit China

BEIJING — The top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen will visit China next month, Beijing said on Wednesday, pledging to help improve sometimes rocky relations with Washington. Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, will visit from July 9-13, Xinhua news agency quoted defence ministry spokesman Yang…

Google fears web crackdown after Arab uprisings

DUBLIN — Google chairman Eric Schmidt on Monday warned that the ongoing Arab uprisings could lead to an upsurge in internet censorship and an increased risk of arrest for colleagues working in restive nations. Speaking at the Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin, Schmidt claimed regimes were keen to clamp…

BP hopes to begin new drilling in Gulf of Mexico

STOCKHOLM — British oil giant BP hopes to soon be able to operate again in the Gulf of Mexico, its chairman was quoted as saying Tuesday. “It’s difficult to speculate on but I think it isn’t far away,” Carl-Henric Svanberg told reporters on the sideline of an International Association for…

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski agrees to remove Fairness Doctrine from rulebook

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said Monday he will strike the Fairness Doctrine from the agency’s rulebook under pressure from House Republicans. “I fully support deleting the Fairness Doctrine and related provisions from the Code of Federal Regulations, so that there can be no mistake that what has been…

Fox News chairman: ‘I’d like to hire Hillary Clinton’

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes says he’s interested in hiring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as an employee of the network. “I’d like to hire Hillary Clinton,” the brains behind the conservative-leaning outlet told The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz. “She looks unhappy at the State Department. She’d get ratings.” Ailes,…

Obama appoints Gen. Martin Dempsey to top military post

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Monday announced that he has chosen US Army General Martin Dempsey, who commanded an armored division in key battles in Iraq, for the United States’ top uniformed military post. “With nearly 40 years in uniform, Martin Dempsey is one of our nation’s most…

Obama expected to name Joint Chiefs head Monday

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama is expected to name General Martin Dempsey as his new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Monday, a US source said. The source, familiar with Obama’s announcement but speaking on condition of anonymity, said Obama was “expected” to name Dempsey to the…

Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl (D) will retire in 2012

WASHINGTON – Democrat Herb Kohl of Wisconsin announced Friday that he will not seek reelection to a fifth term in the U.S. Senate, saying that it’s “time for someone else to serve.” Kohl, 76, was first elected to the Senate in 1988, and serves as chairman of the Senate Special…

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