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Nov 19, 2010

Senate confirms Lew as White House budget chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Senate on Thursday confirmed Jacob Lew as the new White House budget chief after a Democratic senator dropped a hold on his nomination.

The confirmation returns Lew to the White House as director of the Office of Management and Budget, a post he held from 1998 to 2001.

Nov 16, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

Murkowski rates write-in campaign courageous or crazy

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“Political courage or just plain crazy.”

That’s the explanation Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski gives for why, against her party’s wishes, she waged a write-in campaign to hang on to her U.S. Senate seat.

The ballots are still being counted but Murkowski looks set to make history as the first senator to be elected in a write-in campaign since Strom Thurmond in 1954.

Nov 16, 2010

Fed’s Yellen says not seeking to push dollar down: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve is not trying to push down the value of the U.S. dollar or boost inflation above 2 percent, the central bank’s vice chairwoman said, defending its program of massive new bond purchases.

In an interview published on Monday in the Wall Street Journal, Janet Yellen defended the Fed’s decision this month to purchase $600 billion more of U.S. Treasury bonds in a bid to strengthen economic growth.

Nov 16, 2010

Fed’s Yellen says not seeking to push dollar down-WSJ

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve is not
trying to push down the value of the U.S. dollar or boost
inflation above 2 percent, the central bank’s vice chairwoman
said, defending its program of massive new bond purchases.

In an interview published on Monday in the Wall Street
Journal, Janet Yellen defended the Fed’s decision this month to
purchase $600 billion more of U.S. Treasury bonds in a bid to
strengthen economic growth.

Nov 11, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

Will spelling count in Alaska write-in ballot count?

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They’re counting write-in ballots in Alaska to decide the winner of the last undecided U.S. Senate race of the 2010 elections.

It’s write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski versus Sarah Palin protege and Tea Party favorite Joe Miller in a Republican family feud where spelling counts.

Nov 10, 2010
via Global News Journal

Tanzanian police cast shadow over Guantanamo trial

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By Basil Katz
Throughout the trial, defense lawyers have been suggesting to the jury that Tanzanian witnesses who testified against Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first suspect from Guantanamo to face a criminal court, were in some way intimidated by the Tanzanian national police and fear reprisals back home.

Prosecutors deny the witnesses have been under any pressure and say the Tanzanian police escorts who accompanied them on their plane ride to New York were provided due to the complexity of international travel and the high stakes nature of the case.

Nov 5, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

No politics or punditry for George W. Bush

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When George W. Bush says he’s done with politics — believe it.

Not even the queen of daytime TV could draw the former Republican president into commenting on the current political scene when Bush sat down with her to discuss his new book.

He makes it clear he has moved on from politics and that punditry is not his thing.

Nov 4, 2010

Pelosi mulls future after Republicans win House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the first female speaker of the House of Representatives, said on Wednesday she had not decided what to do after Republicans take over the chamber in January, ending her four-year tenure.

“I’ll have a conversation with my caucus, I’ll have a conversation with my family, and pray over it, and decide how to go forward,” Pelosi said in an interview on ABC’s “World News.” “But today isn’t that day.”

Oct 29, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

Meek stays in Florida Senate race despite Clinton overtures

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This much is clear. Democrat Kendrick Meek is not dropping out of Florida’s three-way Senate race.

What’s not so clear is what happened before Meek summoned reporters to his campaign headquarters for a late evening news conference Thursday to deny reports former President Bill Clinton had asked him to quit the race.

Oct 28, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

Schwarzenegger sours on politics; eyes memoirs, movies?

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Memoirs, maybe movies, but no political office.

That’s what the immediate future holds for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who’s leaving office in January.

After seven years running the most populous state the in country, Schwarzenegger seems to have soured on politics and partisanship.

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