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U.S., China discussed North Korea, maritime security in talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and Chinese military officials met on Friday for “frank” and “candid” talks that included North Korea, maritime security and Iran, part of a bid to restart…

Gale Norton won’t face charges

The Justice Department has declined to file charges against Gale Norton. Read more……

Senator urges U.S. to end funds to Haiti government

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – An influential U.S. senator on Friday urged President Barack Obama’s administration to suspend direct aid to Haiti’s government and visas for its top officials until it ensures…

U.S. to seek return of gay reference to U.N. measure

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States vowed on Friday to seek to restore to a U.N. General Assembly resolution against unjustified executions a reference to killings due to sexual…

Obama exits and Clinton keeps talking

Obama had barely left the White House briefing room when Clinton leaned over the podium to settle in. Read more……

Obama aide says Iran may face more nuclear sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s adviser on arms control said on Friday Iran could face fresh international sanctions after talks in Switzerland this week at which Tehran refused to…

Sunday talk show tip sheet

The deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts will dominate this weekend’s television talk shows. Read more……

Liberals’ last gasp

Democrats react to the new tax-cut bill, signs of isolation and loss of influence. Read more……

Vermonters left cold by Obama tax move

W.H. touts GOP governor endorsement at expense of Senate Dems. Read more……

Envoy Holbrooke feels ill, goes to hospital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, felt ill at the State Department and went to the hospital, the State Department said…