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Bill Clinton aide confirmed as Haitian prime minister

Haiti’s Senate confirmed the nomination of Garry Conille, an advisor to former US president Bill Clinton, to be the country’s prime minister. Conille, a 45-year-old physician by training, was the third candidate put forward by President Michel Martelly for the post in a bid to end a three-month long impasse over the makeup of…

Facebook forms political action committee

WASHINGTON — Facebook said Monday that it is forming a political action committee (PAC) for employees of the social network to make contributions to candidates. Most large US corporations have established PACs, which are allowed to donate $5,000 to a candidate per election and up to $15,000 annually to a…

Lady Gaga, Bono to perform for Bill Clinton

NEW YORK — Activist rock stars including Lady Gaga and U2′s The Edge and Bono will give a concert next month celebrating global aid work by former US president Bill Clinton since he left the White House, organizers announced Tuesday. The music fest, including an acoustic performance by the U2…

Laser technique to enrich uranium raises proliferation fears

WASHINGTON — US conglomerate General Electric is seeking permission to build a $1 billion plant for uranium enrichment by laser, a process which has raised proliferation fears, The New York Times said Sunday. After testing the enrichment process for two years, GE has asked the US government to approve its…

Herman Cain: Impeaching Obama would be ‘a great thing to do’

Herman Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and 2012 Republican candidate for the presidency, expressed his disappointment that President Barack Obama would not be impeached during a conference call with reporters Tuesday night. “It would be a great thing to do,” Cain said when asked about impeaching the president, “but…

Larry Summers: 1-in-3 chance of new recession

Economist Lawrence Summers, who served as Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton and as director of the U.S. National Economic Council under President Barack Obama, published a Washington Post op-ed Wednesday that gives heavy odds for a backslide into a new recession. “With growth at less than 1 percent in…

Facebook hires former Clinton spokesman

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had hired former US president Bill Clinton’s spokesman Joe Lockhart to serve as vice president of global communications at the social network. “Joe’s arrival brings new skills and greater depth to our incredibly busy team,” Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of…

Rahm Emanuel sworn in as Mayor of Chicago

CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel, the political pitbull who served as President Barack Obama’s first chief of staff, was sworn in Monday as mayor of Chicago, pledging a “new day” for a US city facing a host of financial, safety and educational struggles. Emanuel took over from Richard Daley, who had…

Warning agencies to prep for shutdown, Obama digs in on budget war

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An impatient President Barack Obama is in a high-stakes battle to clinch a budget deal and avert a government shutdown by Friday’s deadline, but his dramatic intervention failed to break the deadlock. Obama upped the ante after he met top Republican and Democratic leaders at the White…

Wis. unrest exposed GOP strategy to split lower classes, liberal author says

The labor unrest in Wisconsin exposed the Republican Party’s plan to essentially divide-and-conquer the lower classes in America, a liberal author recently wrote. “The Republican strategy is to split the vast middle and working class – pitting unionized workers against non-unionized, public-sector workers against non-public, older workers within sight of…

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