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Bart Stupak: People still ‘b*tch me out’ in airports for helping pass health care

Retired Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) said in an interview that he still gets “accosted” and “bitch[ed] out” in airports for his role in helping pass health care reform one year ago in the final stretch. “I still get accosted,” Stupak told The Atlantic‘s Chris Good. “It’s been amazing to me…

Clinton vows to stay into second Obama term

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton said she planned to stay on as secretary of state into US President Barack Obama’s second term, presuming he wins re-election, to help with the transition. “I will stay until the beginning of the next term because I know it takes a while for people to…

Berlusconi cautious over Gaddafi exile

ROME — Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called for caution regarding the crisis in Libya and Moamer Kadhafi’s possible exile, saying the situation was “confused” and constantly changing. “We must wait and see. It’s best not to enter into specifics just yet,” Berlusconi said in an interview with Il Messaggero daily.…

Anti-stimulus Republican Allen West endorses stimulus-funded projects

WASHINGTON – Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who won his House seat partly by bashing the stimulus and government spending, this week hailed stimulus-funded projects for creating jobs and boosting economic growth. “It’s time for incumbent Ron Klein to admit his ideas just don’t work. The stimulus failed to produce…

Man says ex-CIA agent Posada gave him explosives for hotel bombing

In an exclusive interview Tuesday, a Salvadoran man told The Associated Press that a former CIA operative gave him powerful explosives and cash to carry out a 1997 hotel bombing in Cuba. Otto Rene Rodriguez said that he was given C-4 explosives and $2,000 by Luis Posada Carriles to enable…

Bill Maher: O’Reilly ‘unpatriotic’ in his Obama interview

Comedian Bill Maher took on Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck in an appearance Tuesday night on MSNBC’s “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.” The host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” said O’Reilly’s interview with President Barack Obama before the Superbowl was “astounding” and disrespectful, and…

Rumsfeld: Guantanamo one of world’s ‘finest’ prisons

WASHINGTON — The “war on terror” prison at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is “one of the finest prison systems in the world,” former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday. Rumsfeld, who is promoting his autobiography titled “Known and Unknown,”…

Egypt’s youth ready for the future, protester says in moving interview

A young female protester at Cairo’s Tahrir Square told filmmakers that the widespread rallies against President Mubarak show the Egyptian people “can take this country forward.” The interview was part of the upcoming documentary “Zero Silence” by filmmakers Jonny von Wallström and Alexandra Sandels. The documentary is about the youth…

WikiLeaks founder plans major leak if his website is shut down permanently

WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Sunday detailed a plan to release a deluge of secret documents should the whistleblower website be permanently shut down. In an exclusive interview with CBS News’s “60 Minutes,” Assange said his group had a “system whereby we distribute encrypted backups of things we…

Biden expects to be Obama’s 2012 running mate

Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he expects to be on the 2012 Democratic presidential ticket as President Barack Obama’s running mate. “He (Obama) asked me if I would do that over a year ago. And I told him I would,” Biden said in an interview on “PBS NewsHour.”…

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