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Franken takes lead in Minnesota recount

Democrat Al Franken edged ahead of Republican incumbent Norm Coleman on Friday for the first time in Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate recount. Franken opened up a slight lead by the end of the fourth day of a state Canvassing Board meeting to decide the fate of hundreds of disputed ballots. The change was notable because Coleman led Franken in election night returns and also held a 188-vote lead before the board took up challenged ballots. But its significance was limited, with the possibility the lead could change again before the long recount ends.

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Blago: ‘Hell no, I won’t go!’

Facing federal corruption charges that threaten to end his political career, Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made clear to the world what those close to him know well: He's not one to be easily fazed.

"I have done nothing wrong. And I'm not going to quit a job that people hired me to do because of false accusations and a political lynch mob," a composed yet combative Blagojevich said Friday, addressing the public for the first time since his arrest 10 days earlier.

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Clinton donors include Saudis, Blackwater

Former US president Bill Clinton has disclosed big-ticket donors to his charitable foundation, including numerous foreign governments and business interests.

Clinton was prompted to reveal the names of more than 200,000 donors in a bid to stem fears for his wife Hillary Clinton's nomination to become US secretary of state under incoming president Barack Obama.

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Automakers headed for ‘orderly bankruptcy?’

President George W. Bush said Thursday he was determined to resolve the crisis surrounding ailing US automakers before he left the White House, with "orderly bankruptcy" an option being considered.

As Detroit-based auto manufacturers struggled to find survival options and a possible government rescue, General Motors rejected reports it was reopening merger talks with Chrysler.

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Obama adds another Republican to cabinet

President-elect Barack Obama promised an administration that would reach across party and ideological lines. He said he would put Republicans in his cabinet.

He's keeping those campaign promises and is naming retiring Republican Congressman Ray LaHood of Illinois to serve as Transportation Secretary in his new cabinet.

LaHood will join Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a holdover from the Bush Administration, in an Obama team that combines officials from the past administrations of Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and even Ronald Reagan.

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Inaugural invocation choice angers some liberals

Some progressives are upset over President-elect Barack Obama's decision to select evangelical leader Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, to deliver the invocation at the January 20 presidential inauguration.

Warren is an icon of the religious right and that doesn't sit well with some liberals.

But the appointment does fit with Obama's promise to reach across party and ideological divides and build an "inclusive" administration that could be a sharp contrast to the highly-partisan and devise years of outgoing President George W. Bush.

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Caroline Kennedy wants to be a senator

Caroline Kennedy told New York's governor on Monday that she's interested in the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her the highest-profile candidate to express a desire for the job. Democratic Gov. David Paterson will choose the replacement. "She told me she was interested in the position," Paterson said. "It's not a campaign.
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Impeachment in Blago’s future?

Illinois lawmakers were unanimous on how they should handle disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich — potential impeachment. And the embattled Democrat signaled he isn't going down without a fight.

Lawmakers Monday quickly shelved the idea of setting a special election where voters would fill the vacant Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama — the seat the governor is accused of trying to sell before his arrest last week on federal corruption charges.

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