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US still wants to expand nuclear energy: Chu

WASHINGTON — The United States still wants to expand nuclear plant construction despite the Japan disaster and sees nuclear power as a key part of clean energy efforts, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Wednesday. Testifying at a House subcommittee hearing about President Barack Obama’s request for energy funds in the…

Kucinich: Obama should face liberal primary challenger in 2012

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said Thursday that President Barack Obama “absolutely” ought to face a Democratic primary challenge from the left in 2012, predicting it would make him “stronger.” “I think primaries can have the opportunity of raising the issues and make the Democratic candidate a stronger candidate,”…