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Obama to Mubarak: Hit the road Jack

President Barack Obama said Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak should do the statesmanlike thing and make a quick handoff to a more representative government. Translation: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Obama said a new era must begin now, an unsubtle message to Mubarak that he should not cling to power until elections in September. “The key question he should be asking himself is, ‘How do I leave a legacy behind in which Egypt is able to get through this transformative period?'” Obama said Friday. Obama, in office for two years, gave the 82-year-old Egyptian president some words
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Payrolls inch up while jobless rate plumments

Employment rose by a meager 36,000 jobs in January, far less than expected, as severe snow storms slammed large parts of the nation, but the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since April 2009. Despite the conflicting signals in the Labor Department’s report on Friday, economists agreed a job market recovery was proceeding apace if not gaining speed. Many investors also saw the data as a sign of strength. Government bonds sold off, while the dollar rallied against the yen and the euro. The payrolls gain reported by U.S. employers was a quarter of the 145,000 gain economists had
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Cops probe link between Loughner, white supremacists

An official familiar with the Arizona shooting investigation said Sunday that local authorities are looking at a possible connection between accused gunman Jared Loughner and an online group known for white supremacist, anti-immigrant rhetoric. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, said local authorities were examining the American Renaissance website for possible motives for Saturday’s shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. American Renaissance is connected to the white supremacist New Century Foundation, according to an analysis by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based group that tracks hate crimes. New Century Foundation founder Jared
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Loughner faces array of charges

Accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner will face several more charges after he is tried in federal court for the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabriel Giffords and attempted murder of two of her aides, prosecutors said on Friday. The 22-year-old college dropout is accused of opening fire on a crowd of bystanders outside a Giffords event at a grocery store on January 8, killing six people and wounding 13. On January 24, he pleaded not guilty to federal charges of attempting to assassinate Giffords and attempting to murder two of her staff members in the shooting spree that occurred in Arizona’s
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Heath care fraud now has a face

Health care fraud used to be a faceless crime — until now. Medicare and Medicaid scams cost taxpayers more than $60 billion a year, but the average bank holdup is likely to get more attention. Seeking the public’s help to catch more than 170 fugitive fraudsters, the government has launched a new health care most-wanted list, with its own website. Among those featured is Leonard Nwafor, convicted a couple of years ago in Los Angeles of billing Medicare more than $1 million for motorized wheelchairs that beneficiaries didn’t need. One of those who got a wheelchair was a blind man
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Obama hopes Mubarak will make "the right decision"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday he hoped Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will make “the right decision” to steer his country through mass protests against his rule but stopped short of urging his resignation. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/0kqeX7zdKH8/us-egypt-usa-idUSTRE71175920110205\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?
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Obama eyes "dominant role" for private mortgages

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday said it wants to gradually reduce the government’s support for the U.S. housing market so that the private sector can play “the dominant role.” <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/AB5CSpW1Rlc/us-usa-housing-idUSTRE70R80420110205\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?
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Palin trademark application refused – for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sarah Palin’s bid to trademark her name and that of her daughter, Bristol, ran into trouble at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office because the application forms were unsigned, government records show. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/5z0W_s3wNCk/us-palin-trademark-idUSTRE7135WI20110205\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?
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Obama, Harper eye new security plan to ease trade

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed on Friday to a new approach to U.S. and Canadian security that they said would help boost trade by reducing logjams at the border. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/PPgDzRqzIfw/us-obama-harper-security-idUSTRE71367320110204\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?
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Obama pushes on job creation, amid din over Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House released a strategy to promote U.S. innovation on Friday, keeping its focus on the politically important jobs issue as the Labor Department issued a mixed unemployment report. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/3_bVxAfRcvQ/us-usa-economy-jobs-obama-idUSTRE7136UE20110204\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?
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