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Obama speaks to Bahrain’s king, urges restraint

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama spoke with Bahrain’s king on Friday night, urging restraint after the kingdom’s security forces ignored Washington’s earlier call for calm and opened fire on protesters demanding reforms. Full story on Reuters
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HuffPost TV: WATCH: Howard Fineman Discusses Government Shutdown On ‘Hardball’

The Huffington Post’s Senior Political Editor Howard Fineman, along with Mother Jones’ David Corn, talked to Chris Matthews tonight on MSNBC’s “Hardball” about the looming possibility of a government shutdown. Fineman said that President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner are both getting prepared to blame each other if a shutdown does occur. “The President and the Speaker are sort of like the pilot and co-pilot preparing for a crash that hasn’t happened yet…blaming the other person for the catastrophe that might come about,” explained Fineman. Speaking about the 1995 shutdown when Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the
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Lawmaker seeks probe of White House secrecy pledge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A key Republican lawmaker on Friday called for an independent probe of an Obama administration practice that prohibited outside groups from participating in early discussions on rental housing policy unless they pledged secrecy. Full story on Reuters
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Rhymefest Could Emerge Victorious In 20th Ward

CHICAGO — The award-winning rapper who wants to be a Chicago alderman looked down the block and counted up the boarded houses in this slice of the city’s South Side. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. “How can you walk here and not feel something in your heart? We’re living in an urban ghost town,” Che “Rhymefest” Smith told The Associated Press during a van tour of the ward where he lives. “I see two things. The first is neglect. The second is opportunity.” In a landmark year for Chicago politics, the winner of a 2004 Grammy is
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