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Mar 30, 2011
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Florida Republican Marco Rubio “not running for president”

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While the world waits forĀ  potential Republican candidates to decide whether they are in or out of the 2012 presidential race, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is leaving no room for speculation.

“I am not running for president in 2012. Because I want to be a United States senator. I want to be the best United States senator that Florida has ever had,” Rubio said in an interview on ABC’s “Nightline.”

Mar 18, 2011

Military action if Iran sanctions fail: Netanyahu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday the world must make clear that Iran would face “credible military action” if sanctions do not shut down Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.

Netanyahu, in an interview on CNN, said it was clear Iran was pursing its nuclear ambitions despite international sanctions and was getting a lot closer to obtaining nuclear arms.

Mar 10, 2011

House Republicans to defend anti-gay marriage law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives will defend a federal law against same-sex marriage after the Obama administration deemed the act unconstitutional and stopped trying to uphold it, House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday.

The Republican-led, five-member House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, convened by Boehner, voted to instruct in-house lawyers to take legal action to defend the 15-year-old law on behalf of the House.

Feb 21, 2011
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Former presidents Bush, Clinton team up for civility

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Former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush are joining forces again — this time for civil discourse.

Democrat Clinton and Republican Bush have agreed to serve as honorary chairmen of The National Institute for Civil Discourse which opens Monday in Tucson, The Washington Post reports.

Feb 16, 2011

IMF team recommends receivership for Kabulbank

WASHINGTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s largest
private bank, Kabulbank, should be placed in receivership as
part of the government’s plan to stabilize the country’s
financial system, an International Monetary Fund assessment
recommended on Tuesday.

“The goal should be to design and implement a plan that is
transparent, credible, and fully financed,” an IMF assessment
team said in a statement as it ended an 11-day visit to Kabul
to review Afghanistan’s economic posture.

Feb 14, 2011

U.S. reaches out to Iranians in Farsi on Twitter

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – The United States has
created a Twitter account in Farsi to communicate with social
media users in Iran as Iranian opposition websites renewed
calls for a rally on Monday.

“The U.S. State Department recognizes the historic role of
social media among Iranians in the world now. We want to join
in your conversations,” the State Department said on Sunday in
the initial tweet on its new USAdarFarsi Twitter account.

Feb 8, 2011
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Where’s an embattled leader to go?

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Spa treatment or desert retreat?

With so many possible locations from which to choose and no worries about stretching the 401K, where’s an embattled leader to settle in retirement?

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak has announced he will not run for reelection in September. But protesters who have taken to the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities by the thousands are demanding he leave office now.

Feb 3, 2011

Warning signs missed in U.S. Fort Hood killings – report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal authorities had information indicating that a U.S. Army psychiatrist was a threat before the mass killings at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas but did not heed clear warning signs, according to a report by two U.S. senators released on Thursday.

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim born in the United States of immigrant parents, is charged in a shooting rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 32 others on Nov. 5, 2009, at the large Army base outside Killeen, Texas.

Feb 3, 2011

Warning signs missed in Fort Hood killings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal authorities had information indicating that a U.S. Army psychiatrist was a threat before the mass killings at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas but did not heed clear warning signs, according to a report by two senators released on Thursday.

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim born in the United States of immigrant parents, is charged in a shooting rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 32 others on November 5, 2009, at the large Army base outside Killeen, Texas.

Feb 1, 2011
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Bush daughter backs gay marriage

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Former President George W. Bush’s daughter Barbara is speaking out in support of same-sex marriage.

“I’m Barbara Bush and I’m a New Yorker for marriage equality. New York is about fairness and equality and , everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love. Join us,” she says in a brief video released by the advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

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      "Night desk reporter in the Washington Bureau. Holds a Masters degree in Interactive Journalism and currently working on merging new media skills with old media experience. Prior to joining Reuters, worked in broadcasting at two other international wire services (which I won't name here). A perpetual piano student, and not very good, which is perfect for my secret ambition -- lounge piano player."
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