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WATCH LIVE: Obama announces new positions for Leon Panetta and General Petraeus

Watch the live video of President Obama’s press conference, at which he is expected to officially announce that current CIA Director Leon Panetta will become the next Secretary of Defense and General David Petraeus will become director of the CIA. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about…

Federal Reserve chief Bernanke signals end of stimulus plan

WASHINGTON – Ben Bernanke sought to cast the Federal Reserve as a dependable custodian of the US recovery in a first-ever press conference Wednesday, as the bank began to inch away from crisis-era policies. Heralding a second attempt to halt — and eventually reverse — stimulus spending that has helped…

WATCH LIVE: Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s press conference

Watch Fed chairman Ben Bernanke’s first-ever press conference, scheduled for 2:15 ET, below, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Palin defends Trump’s birther talk, plays coy on candidacy

One-time Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is no stranger to the spotlight — most would say, by choice. She’s also familiar with the spotlight’s frequent companion: criticism. Now, possible GOP presidential contender Donald Trump seems to be following in Palin’s 24/7 media circus footsteps. Trump is all but unavoidable…

AP photographer missing in Libya

NEW YORK – Associated Press photographer Altaf Qadri has gone missing while covering the military conflict in Libya, the news organization said Sunday. “We have lost contact with our AP colleague, photographer Altaf Qadri, in eastern Libya. We are concerned about his safety and are taking appropriate steps to locate…

Irish bomb could have been a killer, say police

Irish police are saying that the 500-pound bomb found abandoned under an overpass on the main Dublin to Belfast road was a “sophisticated and substantial” device. Chief Police Superintendent Alasdair Robinson said in a press conference today that the bomb, if detonated, could have caused massive destruction and loss of…

Obama takes a victory lap — around the Lincoln Memorial

In light of last night’s narrowly avoided government shutdown, President Barack Obama is evidently feeling proud of the deal he struck. He’s showing it by taking a victory lap around D.C. According to the press pooler assigned to the president today, Obama spent about 10 minutes this afternoon at the…

Journalism Online sold to Chicago printer

WASHINGTON – Journalism Online, a company started two years ago to help newspapers and magazines collect revenue from online readers, was sold on Thursday to Chicago-based printing firm RR Donnelley. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Journalism Online was launched in April 2009 by three veteran US media…

Obama: ‘We cannot stand idly by’

In a Saturday afternoon press conference from Brasilia, Brazil, President Obama announced that the United States would be joining a “broad coalition” taking immediate military action in Libya. The president indicated that using force is not his first choice, that as recently as yesterday the international community offered Gaddafi the…

Obama responds to questions about treatment of Bradley Manning

With controversy raging — even within the Administration — about the reportedly harsh treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, imprisoned at Quantico and facing charges of leaking classified materials, Obama today was asked to respond to the situation during his press conference. Obama said, “With respect to Private Manning, I have…

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