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Obama nominates Panetta to head Pentagon, Petraeus to head CIA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday formally nominated Leon Panetta as his new secretary of defense and David Petraeus, who commands the international force in Afghanistan, as Panetta’s successor at the CIA. Obama had first said he planned to nominate Panetta and Petraeus on April 28, just days before…

Former Egyptian Special Forces officer named new Al Qaeda leader

WASHINGTON — Al-Qaeda has chosen a former Egyptian Special Forces officer as interim leader of the violent extremist group in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death earlier this month, CNN reported Tuesday. Saif al-Adel, a top Al-Qaeda strategist and senior military leader, has been tapped as “caretaker” chief of…

FBI chief to successor: Be ‘flexible’ in terror fight

WASHINGTON – FBI director Robert Mueller said Wednesday that the best advice he can give his successor is to “be flexible and agile” when responding to threats of terrorism. Mueller, who took the helm of the US Federal Bureau of Investigations one week before the September 11, 2001 attacks, is…

Larry King says CNN successor was ‘oversold’

LONDON (AFP) – Former veteran CNN talk show host Larry King said Friday that his successor, British journalist Piers Morgan, had been “oversold” to television audiences in the United States. King bowed out in December after 25 years as host of “Larry King Live” and the Atlanta-based news network launched…

Bush praises Obama during Facebook broadcast

Bush has some praise for successor, Obama, during online discussion with Facebook founder Former President George W. Bush has pledged not to publicly criticize his successor, Barack Obama, but he did offer some praise Monday during a live broadcast on Facebook to promote his new book. Bush participated in an…

Sen. Scott Brown sworn in as Ted Kennedy’s successor

The late Democratic icon Ted Kennedy’s successor took office Thursday, formally giving US President Barack Obama’s Republican foes the 41 Senate votes they need to be able to block his agenda. “I want to get to work,” Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts told reporters moments after being sworn in. “There…

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