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Aug 24, 2010
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Michelle Obama, Laura Bush to appear together at 9/11 memorial

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First lady Michelle Obama and her predecessor, Laura Bush, will appear together next month in Pennsylvania at a ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Obama and Bush will participate in ceremonies honoring the victims of the attacks, including the 40 passengers and crew killed in the crash of United Flight 93, the National Park Foundation said in a statement on Monday.

Aug 23, 2010
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Karzai appeals to U.S. taxpayers

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai is taking a page from the playbook of American politicians campaigning for public office: talk to the taxpayers.

Karzai is on a campaign to give the boot to tens of thousands of foreign private security guards working in Afghanistan. He’s already put the U.S. government on notice that the private security firms operating in his country will be disbanded within four months.

Aug 18, 2010

Democrat Frank says abolish Freddie and Fannie: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be abolished rather than reformed as part of the Obama administration’s planned overhaul of the government’s role in housing finance, Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services committee, said on Tuesday.

“They should be abolished,” Frank said in an interview on Fox Business, when asked whether the mortgage giants should be elements in housing market reform. “They only question is what do you put in their place,” Frank said.

Aug 18, 2010

Democrat says abolish Freddie, Fannie: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be abolished rather than reformed as part of the Obama administration’s planned overhaul of the government’s role in housing finance, Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services committee, said on Tuesday.

“They should be abolished,” Frank said in an interview on Fox Business, when asked whether the mortgage giants should be elements in housing market reform. “They only question is what do you put in their place,” Frank said.

Aug 18, 2010

Democrat says abolish Freddie, Fannie-FOX

WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
should be abolished rather than reformed as part of the Obama
administration’s planned overhaul of the government’s role in
housing finance, Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House
Financial Services committee, said on Tuesday.

“They should be abolished,” Frank said in an interview
on Fox Business, when asked whether the mortgage giants should
be elements in housing market reform. “They only question is
what do you put in their place,” Frank said.

Aug 17, 2010
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Elizabeth Warren’s rap video

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Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren is among a handful of candidates President Barack Obama is considering to become the first chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Some ardent supporters clearly think the Harvard law professor (and chief of a panel monitoring the government’s $700 billion bailout of the financial system)  is up for the task of heading the independent agency created under the  financial reform bill signed into law last month.

A group called The Main Street Brigade, which supported creating the consumer agency, really wants Warren to be the boss.  The group has taken its case to YouTube  in a western-themed music video,  “Elizabeth Warren Rap Video – Got a new Sheriff.”

Aug 11, 2010
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Bennet, Buck score wins in Colorado

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In a primary drama that might have been subtitled “two presidents and a party,” incumbent Colorado Senator Michael Bennet won the battle for the state’s Democratic Senate nomination on Tuesday.

Bennet’s win was  a welcome victory for President Barack Obama who backed the incumbent who battled both anti-incumbent fever and a challenger, Andrew Romanoff, who had the endorsement of former President Bill Clinton.

Aug 9, 2010
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Obama plays hoops with NBA stars

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President Barack Obama wrapped up his 49th birthday bash with perhaps the ultimate gift for a basketball fan.

Someone arranged for Obama to play  hoops with a “dream team” of NBA stars — past and present – (and UConn Huskies superstar Maya Moore) at Fort McNair, a short distance from the White House.

Aug 5, 2010
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Palin Backs Murphy in Maryland

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Former Alaska governor  Sarah Palin is throwing her support behind a relatively unknown Republican candidate in the race for governor of Maryland.

Maryland’s former governor, Republican Bob Ehrlich, has the backing of the party establishment.

Aug 5, 2010

US lawmakers urge action on China currency policy

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – A group of U.S. Senators
raised concerns about China’s currency practices on Wednesday,
urging the Obama administration to do more to combat “unfair
trade” practices abroad.

In a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, 11 senators
called for stronger action to level the playing field for U.S.
businesses.

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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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