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Iraq PM seeks US expertise in rebuilding work

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told visiting US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Saturday that Baghdad wants American companies to work on reconstruction projects in Iraq, the premier’s office said. “Iraq is planning to improve roads, seaports and airports, and make use of the experience by American companies…

White House, Republicans in new stimulus spat

WASHINGTON – The White House and its Republican foes opened a new skirmish over President Barack Obama’s 800-billion-dollar stimulus plan Thursday, on the second anniversary of the bill’s enactment. Vice President Joe Biden, who was charged with ensuring the massive infrastructure spending and tax cutting bill was not consumed with…

Florida kills Obama-backed high-speed rail

MIAMI — Florida’s governor on Wednesday killed an ambitious plan for the country’s first high-speed railway, a project heralded by the White House as important to restoring US competitiveness and economic growth. Governor Rick Scott cited the burden to the state of potential cost overruns and expected subsidies in rejecting…

NJ gov. scraps long-planned NJ-NY railroad tunnel

NJ governor scraps decades-in-the-making NJ-NY railroad tunnel, citing escalating costs As a candidate last year, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was willing to support the planned New Jersey-to-Manhattan rail tunnel. As governor, he now says the nation’s largest public transportation project is a luxury the state can no longer afford.…

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