Senate ethics panel dismisses complaint against Dodd

The Senate Ethics Committee has dismissed a complaint of alleged corruption by retiring Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, according to statements Wednesday from Dodd and the group the filed the complaint. Read the full story on CNN

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 makes 6 recess appointments

Taking time out from his Hawaiian vacation to assert some executive authority, President Barack Obama on Wednesday used a series of recess appointments to override Republican objections to several nominees. Read the full story on CNN

Obama move toward center a wise one?

After some message misfires after the midterms, President Obama changed tactics. If the past few weeks have shown anything, it’s that he knows how to rebound. FULL STORY | 2010 SCENES Read the full story on CNN

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

New Jersey mayor uses Twitter to clear Newark streets

Cory Booker has added social media to his arsenal of snowplows as the active Newark, New Jersey, mayor helps get his city dug out from several feet of snow from this week’s storm. Read the full story on CNN