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Clinton Confirmed 94 – 2!

Senate confirms Clinton as secretary of state

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton won U.S. Senate approval on Wednesday as the next secretary of state, despite renewed Republican questions about potential conflicts of interest created by her husband’s foreign fundraising.

The Senate easily approved Clinton’s nomination to the post by President Barack Obama, clearing her to move quickly into her role as the country’s top diplomat. She will replace former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.(1)


Steve Jobs Stepping Down as Apple CEO

Apple Inc.’s CEO Steve Jobs says he is taking a medical leave of absence. Jobs told employees in an e-mail that his health issues are more complex than he thought.

Last week, Jobs announced he had a hormone deficiency that had caused him to dramatically lose weight.


(VIDEO) Joe Plumber: Media Shouldn’t Report War

Samuel Wurzelbacher, also known as ‘Joe the Plumber,’ is in Israel working as a rookie war correspondent, where he said Sunday that he believes journalists should be abolished from reporting from war zones. (Jan. 11)


Joe the Plumber: Ban media from war

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Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, is in Israel. (Getty Images/Israeli GPO)

(CNN) – ‘Joe the Plumber’ Wurzelbacher told a group of journalists covering the conflict in Israel and Gaza that he didn’t think the media should be allowed to report on war.

“I think media should be abolished from, you know, reporting,” Wurzelbacher said. “You know, war is hell. And if you’re gonna sit there and say, ‘well, look at this atrocity,’ well you don’t know the whole story behind it half the time, so I think the media should have no business in it.”

Wurzelbacher arrived in Israel on Sunday to start a 10-day assignment for pjtv.com, a Web site run by the conservative media outlet Pajamas Media. The plumber-turned-foreign correspondent said he wanted to cover Israel’s side of the conflict, because he thought the media was slanting the story to make it look like “Israel’s being bad.”

In his first day as a reporter, Wurzelbacher described the hardships of daily life in the southern Israeli town of Sderot.

“I’m sure they’re taking quick showers, I know I would,” Wurzelbacher said. “So you can’t plan your day, you can’t take a picnic.“

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VIDEO: Burris denied seat in US Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roland Burris failed in his bid to take President-elect Barack Obama’s Illinois Senate seat on Tuesday in a scripted piece of political theater staged just before the opening of the 111th Congress.

“Mr. Burris is not in possession of the necessary credentials from the state of Illinois,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said in his speech opening the new session of Congress.

Burris, 71, earlier confirmed that Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson had informed him in a private meeting that his credentials lacked a required signature and his state’s seal.

“I will not be accepted, I will not be seated,” Burris told a mob of reporters who had followed him across the street for a news conference in a cold and steady rain outside the Capitol.

Obama to name Panetta to lead CIA

Panetta Chosen as C.I.A. Chief in Surprise Step

WASHINGTON — Leon E. Panetta, a former congressman and White House chief of staff, has been selected by President-elect Barack Obama to head the Central Intelligence Agency. The choice, disclosed Monday by Democratic officials, immediately revealed divisions in the party as two senior lawmakers questioned why Mr. Obama would nominate a candidate with limited experience in intelligence matters.

  • Next Senate intelligence chairwoman says she wasn’t told Panetta was picked
  • Sen. Feinstein: CIA best served by “an intelligence professional in charge”
  • Panetta is Barack Obama’s choice for CIA director, two Democratic officials say

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Al Franken won the U.S. Senate race by 225 votes, Minnesota’s secretary of state says.

 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) — A state election board on Monday will announce Democrat Al Franken has defeated Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race, state officials told CNN Sunday.

A board will say Al Franken won the U.S. Senate race by 225 votes, Minnesota’s secretary of state says.

A board will say Al Franken won the U.S. Senate race by 225 votes, Minnesota's secretary of state says.The canvassing board on Monday will say a recount determined Franken won by 225 votes, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie told CNN.

However, Coleman’s campaign, which contends the recount should have included about 650 absentee ballots it says were improperly rejected in the initial count, has indicated it will challenge the certification.

Coleman campaign manager Cullen Sheehan said his team believes the recount process was broken and that “the numbers being reported will not be accurate or valid.”

“The effort by the Franken campaign, supported by the secretary of state, to exclude improperly rejected absentee ballots is indefensible and disenfranchises hundreds of Minnesota voters,” Sheehan said.

After the results are certified, Coleman’s campaign will have seven days to file a challenge.

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