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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka ‘thanks’ Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

The head of the largest federation of unions in the United States, AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, jokingly thanked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Thursday for igniting an impassioned debate on workers’ rights. “Well, thank you, Scott Walker,” Trumka said during a speech in Washington, DC to the group Campaign for…

US official in Cairo in wake of Mubarak downfall

CAIRO – US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns arrived on Monday to take stock of the situation in Egypt 10 days after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak, the US embassy in Cairo said. Besides meeting leaders of Egypt’s interim military-led administration, the Arabic-speaking veteran diplomat is to…

Obama pushes innovation, says US faces new ‘Sputnik moment’

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — President Barack Obama urged Monday a refocus on scientific research and teaching, as was triggered by the launch of the Soviet’s 1957 Sputnik satellite, saying it was key to future US prosperity, Sputnik “was a wake-up call that caused the United States to boost our investment…

North Korean diplomat: ‘War may break out at any moment’

A North Korean diplomat said Thursday that tensions on the Korean peninsula were running so high over the sinking of a South Korean warship that “war may break out at any moment.” In a speech to the international Conference on Disarmament, Ri Jang-Gon, deputy permanent representative for North Korea at…

White House: Obama could name Supreme Court pick ‘at any moment’

Predicted ‘confirmable’ pick Elena Kagan ‘under fire on Goldman, minorities’ President Barack Obama could name his pick for a new Supreme Court justice “at any moment,” the White House said Friday, as speculation pointed to an announcement early next week. Obama, who will be making his second nomination to the…

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