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May 5, 2015

Bill Clinton defends charity, says won’t give up paid speeches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday he will continue to give paid speeches while his wife, Hillary Clinton, runs for president amid criticism of the income her family draws from people, including foreigners, with business before the U.S. government.

He also said he may consider stepping down or taking “less of an executive role” at the Clinton Foundation should his wife become president. The Clintons’ political opponents have criticized the foundation for accepting funding from foreign governments for its endowment and for its charitable work abroad.

May 4, 2015

Bill Clinton says nothing ‘sinister’ in foreign donations to foundation

WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill
Clinton defended his charitable foundation’s acceptance of large
foreign donations on Monday, thrusting himself into a
controversy that is weighing on the presidential candidacy of
his wife, Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t think there’s anything sinister in trying to get
wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in
development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor
people and lifts them up,” Clinton told NBC News from Kenya, in
an interview taped over the weekend.

Apr 3, 2015

White House ‘confident’ on finalizing details for Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday pressed its case for a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, expressing confidence in hammering out final details as President Barack Obama reached out to leaders in Congress, where U.S. lawmakers remain cautious.

Obama called the four top leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to discuss the framework agreement announced on Thursday by negotiators in Switzerland, a spokesman said. The agreement lays the groundwork for a final deal to be laid out by a June 30 deadline.

Apr 2, 2015

Obama calls Iran deal the best option, instead of another war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday touted the framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program as a “good deal” that would block Tehran from obtaining an atomic weapon and make the world safer – a better option than another Middle East war.

Shortly after the agreement was announced in Switzerland after marathon negotiations between Iran and world powers, Obama strode into the White House Rose Garden to promote the deal to the American public and skeptical U.S. lawmakers.

Mar 30, 2015

South African comedian to replace Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

By Susan Heavey

(Reuters) – Comedy Central said on Monday it has chosen South African comedian Trevor Noah, a relative newcomer to U.S. television, to replace Jon Stewart on its parody newscast, “The Daily Show.”

In a statement, Viacom Inc-owned Comedy Central said it would announce the launch date for the new show later.

Mar 28, 2015

Senate Democrat Reid to retire; wants Schumer as next leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will retire next year and threw his weight behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader after he leaves office.

Reid will stay in his post for another 22 months but his announcement positions Schumer, a New Yorker and Wall Street ally, as his heir apparent as the party gears up to try to regain control of the Senate in elections next year.

Mar 27, 2015

Top U.S. Senate Democrat Harry Reid to retire after 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will not seek re-election next year, leaving Congress after 30 years and complicating Democrats’ efforts to retake control of the Senate in 2016.

Reid, who represents Nevada, said in a video message that his decision to retire from the Senate was not due to a recent accident or his party’s loss of control of the chamber in the November congressional elections.

Mar 23, 2015

Obama to host Japan’s Abe to discuss security, trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House next month for talks expected to focus on their joint response to China’s rising power and efforts to finalize a major Asia-Pacific trade pact.

Abe, who will spend eight days in the United States, will go to the White House on April 28 to discuss a range of economic and security issues as well as a formal state dinner, the White House said on Monday.

Mar 20, 2015

Graco to pay $10 mln following largest U.S. recall of child car seats

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – Child car seat maker Graco
will pay a $10 million fine for failing to give timely notice of
car seats with defective buckles, ending a federal investigation
into the nation’s largest recall of child seats, the U.S.
regulators and the company said on Friday.

Graco Children’s Products Inc, a unit of Newell Rubbermaid
Inc, agreed to pay $3 million now and spend the
remaining $7 million on efforts to improve child safety, they

Mar 18, 2015

Authorities probe threats against Caroline Kennedy in Japan: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tokyo police are investigating death threats against U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and another American diplomat, according to media reports.

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo received the threats by telephone last month, with several phone calls made by an English-speaking man, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported Tuesday, citing a Tokyo police official.