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Daily Archives: November 29, 2012

A Libyan woman raises her ink stained finger as she leaves a polling station after voting for Libya's General National Assembly in Tripoli on July 7, 2012.

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A Libyan woman raises her ink stained finger as she leaves a polling station after voting for Libya's General National Assembly in Tripoli on July 7, 2012.

Rice Tweets: Libyan Women Kick…

Written by Flavia Krause-Jackson in New York Even after a bruising week on Capitol Hill ducking cameras, Susan Rice has kept her voice alive on Twitter. Today was no exception. As @ambassadorrice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations branded...

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Palestinians celebrate in Gaza City, early on Nov. 30, 2012, after the UN General Assembly voted to upgrade them to a non-member state observer.

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Palestinians celebrate in Gaza City, early on Nov. 30, 2012, after the UN General Assembly voted to upgrade them to a non-member state observer.

Who Opposed Palestine’s Upgrade?

Of the 147 countries that voted in today’s United Nations General Assembly decision to upgrade Palestine to an “observer state,” 138 members voted in favor, while nine members voted against it. Who were the nine? The U.S., Israel, Canada, Panama,...

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William "Bill" C. Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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William "Bill" C. Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Fed Hints at More Bond Buying in ’13

Written with Caroline Salas Gage A Federal Reserve policy maker added to hints that the central bank will continue Treasury purchases into 2013 when officials gather for their last meeting of this year. Federal Reserve Bank of New York President...

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Representative Paul Ryan arrives for a town hall meeting outside the Clinton County Courthouse in Clinton, Iowa.

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Representative Paul Ryan arrives for a town hall meeting outside the Clinton County Courthouse in Clinton, Iowa.

Ryan Remains: `Focused, Here, Now’

Paul Ryan is not going anywhere anytime soon. There has been speculation that the former Republican vice presidential candidate might resign his seat in Congress, maybe to decamp to a think tank or university in preparation for a 2016 run...

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Vice President Joe Biden talks with Costco employees in the bakery section of the store in Washington on Nov. 29, 2012. Biden went shopping for presents and to highlight the importance of renewing middle-class tax cuts so families and businesses have more certainty at this critical time for our economy.

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Vice President Joe Biden talks with Costco employees in the bakery section of the store in Washington on Nov. 29, 2012. Biden went shopping for presents and to highlight the importance of renewing middle-class tax cuts so families and businesses have more certainty at this critical time for our economy.

Biden Opens Wallet at Costco Debut

Shoppers at this morning’s grand opening of Washington’s first Costco got a little more than they bargained for: A sample-tasting, high-fiving vice president of the United States. Joe Biden tried on watches and perused pies during his morning outing, intended...

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Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans, Louisiana.

BP’s Case for `Responsibility’ at EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has slapped BP Plc with a temporary ban on new government contracts, telling the world the company showed a “lack of business integrity” after the nation’s largest oil spill, in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, BP...

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Pipes carry recovered bitumen from oil sands, near Conklin, Alberta, Canada.

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Pipes carry recovered bitumen from oil sands, near Conklin, Alberta, Canada.

Rice’s Oil Holdings Flagged — Keystone Pipeline Rests at State

Written with Jim Efstathiou Jr. If  the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, ascends to secretary of state — no sure thing given the pre-emptive Republican strikes against her — she may have to sideline herself from the...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner listens as President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with bipartisan group of congressional leaders about deficit reduction before the tax increases and automatic spending cuts go into affect in the new year.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner listens as President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with bipartisan group of congressional leaders about deficit reduction before the tax increases and automatic spending cuts go into affect in the new year.

Boehner: White House, `Get Serious’ — McConnell Echoes Speaker

Updated with McConnell comments at 1:15 pm EST House Speaker John Boehner says the White House’s actions aren’t matching its rhetoric in the fiscal cliff talks. “The White House has to get serious,” Boehner, an Ohio Republican, told reporters this...

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