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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.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/04/minnesota.senate.race/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

Richardson Withdraws as Commerce Nominee

New Mexico governor cites pending investigation of business dealings

  • Sources: Richardson being probed for ties to a company that won bond business
  • Richardson said the investigation could take months, stresses he did nothing wrong
  • The investigation threatened to delay bettering the nation’s economy

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.

“Let me say unequivocally that I and my Administration have acted properly in all matters and that this investigation will bear out that fact,” he said Sunday in a report by NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell. “But I have concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process.”

A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Richardson’s political activities won a New Mexico state contract worth more than $1 billion. Richardson said in a statement issued by the Obama transition office that the investigation could take weeks or months but expressed confidence it will show he and his administration acted properly.  Continue reading

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  • In this  Nov. 1, 2005 file photo, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet enters a victory party for Amendment 3A in Denver. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter on Saturday Jan. 3, 2009 appointed Denver's public schools superintendent to fill a Senate vacancy that will be created by the promotion of Sen. Ken Salazar to interior secretary in the Obama administration. (AP Photo/Bill Ross, File)

    Denver schools chief named to fill Senate vacancy AP – 1 hour, 18 minutes agoDENVER – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter on Saturday named Denver’s public schools superintendent as his choice to fill a Senate vacancy that will be created by the promotion of Sen. Ken Salazar to interior secretary in the Obama administration.

  • In this May 13, 2008 file photo, Terry McAuliffe, speaks at an event in Charleston, W.Va. Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe said on Saturday Jan. 3, 2009  he intends to run for governor of Virginia. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    Former DNC chief announces Virginia governor run AP – Sun Jan 4, 12:21 AM ETRICHMOND, Va. – Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe said on Saturday he intends to run for governor of Virginia.

  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 file photo, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some final words for the media after he announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat  in Chicago. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revoked embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich's access to classified federal security information, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, file)

    Sen. Reid called Blagojevich about Obama seat AP – 1 hour, 16 minutes agoCHICAGO – Illinois’ embattled governor complained through his spokesman Saturday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is guilty of a conflict of interest in that Reid telephoned him in early December to discuss the seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.