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National teachers’ group endorses Obama for 2nd term

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The nation’s largest teachers union voted on Monday to recommend that President Barack Obama be elected for another term. The vote from National Education Association delegates at a meeting in Chicago was 72.03 percent, a bit down from the last time the NEA recommended Obama in 2008,…

British journalist’s Iraq kidnapper jailed for 15 years

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi court handed down a 15-year jail term on Saturday to a man it convicted of taking part in the abduction of a British journalist in 2008, a judiciary spokesman said. Spokesman Abdel Sattar al-Beriqdar did not identify the convict by name but said the court had…

Fidel Castro resigns as head of Cuba’s Communist Party

by Isabel Sanchez Isabel Sanchez – Tue Apr 19, 3:40 am ET HAVANA (AFP) – Fidel Castro confirmed his exit from the Communist Party leadership on Tuesday, ceding power to his brother Raul as delegates prepare to vote on changes that could bring term limits to key posts. The move…

Clinton vows to stay into second Obama term

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton said she planned to stay on as secretary of state into US President Barack Obama’s second term, presuming he wins re-election, to help with the transition. “I will stay until the beginning of the next term because I know it takes a while for people to…

Pandemonium in Cairo, hundreds hurt in clashes

CAIRO – Angry partisans of President Hosni Mubarak stormed a crowded anti-regime rally in a central Cairo square on Wednesday, sparking pandemonium in which at least 500 people were hurt, witnesses said. The White House, which has called for restraint since demonstrations broke out nine days ago, deplored the violence…

Obama will face no primary challenger, DNC chair predicts

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama is unlikely to face a serious challenge in the 2012 White House race from within his party, the Democratic Party leader said Sunday. Obama, who became the first black president of the United States after defeating Republican rival John McCain in the November 2008…

Leaked e-mail shows Fox boss tried to slant ‘news’ programs

The Washington, DC managing editor at Fox News appears to be caught red-handed in the art of spinning. As the health care debate was reaching a high point last year, a leaked e-mail shows Bill Sammon asked his news department to refer to the public option as the “government run…

Bill Maher: Republicans ‘love the truth, they just hate facts’

Political comedian Bill Maher said Sunday on CNN that the Republican brand of “American exceptionalism” is based on an unrealistic “fantasy” that’s contradicted by facts. “They live in this fantasy world where it’s always 1945, [and] America’s always number one,” Maher, the host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,”…

No decision in Minn. gov race means Dems lose

Doing the limbo: Minnesota Democrats could lose if recount delays outcome of race for governor Here’s how bad it is for Minnesota Democrats: They could wind up losing, even in a race they might have won. A potential recount in Minnesota’s race for governor might eventually crown Democrat Mark Dayton…

Supreme Court to end same-day release of audio for arguments

Supreme Court will give public online access to audio of every argument a few days later The Supreme Court is broadening access to audio recordings of all its arguments, but ending its practice of same-day release of audio in high-profile cases. Beginning with the new term next week, the court…

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