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Obama and Boehner tee off ‘golf summit’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A high-stakes golf match teed off Saturday outside Washington — not the nearby US Open, but a first-ever round between President Barack Obama and his most powerful Republican critic. While Obama and House speaker John Boehner are on par in their appreciation for birdies and bogeys, they…

Obama warns Arab world: Get ahead of reform curve

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama Tuesday warned autocratic US allies they cannot crush the Middle East’s youthful “hunger” for change and offered “moral support” to Iranian protesters defying a crackdown. Obama walked a fine line between offering American support for political uprisings after the Egypt revolt and openly offending states…

Egypt must be ‘responsive’ to people: White House

The White House called on Egypt’s government to be “responsive” to its people’s aspirations, after thousands took to the streets of Cairo in protests modeled on Tunisia’s uprising. “The Egyptian government has an important opportunity to be responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people, and pursue political, economic and…

Education Secretary Duncan: We ‘desperately’ need to pass DREAM Act in lame-duck

As Congress prepares to take up the DREAM Act, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Monday said passing the measure is an urgent priority for America that “cannot afford to wait” until next year. On a call with reporters, Duncan depicted the “Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors”…

Jon Stewart tells Larry King: I criticize CNN because ‘you’re terrible’

Why does The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart pick on CNN so much? Because “you’re terrible,” Stewart told CNN’s Larry King Wednesday night. To King, he said: “You know what you are? You’re the last guy out of a burning building.” King will soon be retiring from his long running program.…

Gulf coast fishermen increasingly desperate as BP begins legal wrangling

US spill chief Thad Allen failed Thursday to reassure desperate fishermen about their Gulf of Mexico oil clean-up jobs, while BP began the legal wrangling in a massive civil trial. As engineers prepared next week’s vital operations to permanently kill the capped BP well, Allen met with parish presidents and…

Pentagon backs off ban on four Guantanamo reporters

WASHINGTON — Four reporters who were banned from covering trials at Guantanamo have been offered an opportunity to be reinstated by requesting it in writing, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Wednesday. Bryan Whitman, a senior Pentagon public affairs official, made the offer in a letter responding to an appeal by three…

Palin distorts Arizona law: ‘No opportunity for racial profiling’

When former half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was asked for her reaction to Arizona’s new immigration law, her first response was to defend it against charges that it will lead to racial profiling. “Thankfully, Byron York, he hit the nail on the head,” Palin told Sean Hannity of Fox News…

Detroit schools offer class in how to work at Walmart

Walmart has been widely condemned for offering its employees only low-paying, dead end jobs. Even President Obama criticized Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign for having served on Walmart’s board and stated that the firm ought to pay “a living wage.” In inner-city Detroit, however, where the unemployment rate…

Pelosi: A Brown win ‘doesn’t mean we won’t have a health care bill’

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appears to be undaunted by the special election in Massachusetts. Speaking to reporters on Monday she suggested that even if Republican Scott Brown becomes a Senator from Massachusetts, it “doesn’t mean we won’t have a health care bill.” Instead, it would simply be “a…

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