Rattner settles with Cuomo for $10 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Obama administration auto industry czar Steven Rattner agreed to pay $10 million to resolve lawsuits by New York’s attorney general over kickbacks allegedly paid to do business with the state’s pension fund. Read the full story at Reuters

U.S. worried by reports of Pakistan detentions: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is voicing concern over reports from human rights groups that Pakistan’s security forces are holding thousands of political separatists without charge, The New York Times reported on Thursday. Read the full story at Reuters

U.S. revokes Venezuelan ambassador’s visa

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – The United States revoked the visa of Venezuela’s ambassador to Washington in retaliation for President Hugo Chavez’s rejection of a nominated U.S. envoy critical of his government, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday. Read the full story at Reuters

Obama extends Hawaii vacation after delayed start

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is extending his vacation in Hawaii by a day to spend more time with his family after their departure from Washington was delayed last week, the White House said on Wednesday. Read the full story at Reuters

Obama names temporary ambassadors to Syria and Turkey

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took the rare step Wednesday of temporarily appointing U.S. ambassadors to Syria, Turkey and Azerbaijan, restoring a top U.S. envoy to Damascus after an absence of nearly six years. Read the full story at Reuters

Lockheed, Austal split U.S. Navy ship deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp and the U.S. unit of Australia’s Austal Ltd won on Wednesday U.S. Navy contracts potentially worth more than $3.5 billion each to design and build up to a combined total of 20 coastal combat ships through 2015. Read the full story at Reuters

Obama to install deputy attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to install James Cole as the deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, after Senate Republican objections stalled his nomination, the White House said on Wednesday. Read the full story at Reuters

Judge clears way for Murkowski win in Alaska

Judge clears way for Murkowski win in Alaska

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by conservative Tea Party favorite Joe Miller that challenged his loss in Alaska’s election for a Senate seat, clearing the way for state officials to certify Lisa Murkowski’s historic write-in victory. District Judge Ralph Beistline lifted an injunction he imposed last month that delayed certification. “The injunction […]

Obama delays 2012 budget release

Obama delays 2012 budget release

President Barack Obama, who has pledged to tackle long-term U.S. debt and deficit challenges, will delay the delivery of his fiscal year 2012 budget by about a week until after February 14. An administration official said on Monday the delay was due to the long time it took for the U.S. Senate to confirm Jack […]