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Former President Clinton undergoes heart procedure

Former President Bill Clinton had two stents inserted Thursday to prop open a clogged heart artery after being hospitalized with chest pains, an adviser said.

Clinton, 63, “is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts,” said adviser Douglas Band.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left Washington and headed to New York to be with her husband, who underwent the procedure at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Stents are tiny mesh scaffolds used to keep an artery open after it is unclogged in an angioplasty procedure. Doctors thread a tube through a blood vessel in the groin to a blocked artery, inflate a balloon to flatten the clog, and slide the stent into place.

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Obama on CEO bonuses: Wealth is good

Less than a month after calling bank executives’ pay “obscene,” President Barack Obama is declining to criticize bonuses received by two top Wall Street chief executives, saying he doesn’t “begrudge people success or wealth.”

In an interview with Bloomberg Business Week, the president compared Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., with athletes who are paid even more.

“First of all, I know both those guys,” Obama said. “They’re very savvy businessmen. And I, like most of the American people, don’t begrudge people success or wealth. That’s part of the free market system.”

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Jobs bill: Long on promises, short on jobs

There’s a problem with the bipartisan jobs bill emerging in the Senate: It won’t create many jobs.

The bill includes tax cuts to please Republicans and its passage would hand President Barack Obama a badly needed political victory. But even the Obama administration acknowledges the legislation’s centerpiece — a tax cut for businesses that hire unemployed workers — would work only on the margins.

Tax experts and business leaders said companies are unlikely to hire workers just to receive a tax break. Before businesses start hiring, they need increased demand for their products, more work for their employees and more revenue to pay those workers.

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Colbert on Palin: ‘She’s a f–king retard’

Late night Comedy Central comic Stephen Colbert jumped into the Sarah Palin fray this week by announcing that the Wonder from Wasilla is a “f–king retard.”

Colbert mocked Palin’s speech at the recent Tea Party Convention — along with the expected jabs at the crib notes on her hand — and then zeroed in on her criticism of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel for using the word “retard” while excusing right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh‘s use of the word.

As for the notes on her hand, Colbert said she had written “Retard = sometimes funny.”

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East still reeling from back-to-back blizzards

The second of back-to-back blizzards that smothered the East Coast and eclipsed seasonal snowfall records with more than a month of winter remaining had tapered off by Thursday, although governments and schools remained closed to contend with the aftermath.

In Washington, D.C., the federal government planned to be closed for a fourth straight day, while city agencies and schools in the hardest-hit regions also scored snow days. The nation’s capital joined Philadelphia and Baltimore in logging their snowiest winters in history.

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