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IMF: Global economic crisis requires a global solution

The global economic crisis requires a global solution, and fixing what ails the world’s banks will take time, says the head of the International Monetary Fund. A recovery should begin in the middle of next year, but that depends on the right policies being implemented, Dominique Strauss-Kahn tells NPR in an interview.

Well, it depends on what you call an end. We see the beginning of the recovery in the mid of 2010, providing that the right policies are implemented. Part of them are implemented so far, but some others things have to be done, and it takes time.” Dominique Strauss-Kahn

(VIDEO) Dana Perino holds final WH briefing

Dana Perino offers best wishes to incoming press secretary, Robert Gibbs

Fri., Jan. 16, 2009

WASHINGTON – In her final briefing, outgoing White House press secretary Dana Perino offered best wishes to Robert Gibbs, the incoming press secretary for President-elect Barack Obama.

“Please go easy on him,” she told the White House press corps of Friday. Then she quickly added: “For a week.”

Taking the podium one last time as Bush’s spokeswoman, Perino turned the tables on the press with a slide show, roasting reporters, photographers and cameramen.

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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 Introduces National Security Team

image8.jpgPresident-elect Barack Obama introduced his National Security team on Monday.

President-elect Barack Obama unveiled his national security team today, including formally announcing his intention to nominate his onetime rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, as the next secretary of State.

Obama also announced his intention to keep current Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his post, likely for at least a year in the new administration. The president-elect also said he would nominate Susan Rice as ambassador to the United Nations, retired Marine Gen. James Jones as his national security adviser, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as homeland security director and Eric Holder as attorney general.

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(VIDEO) Bush congratulates Obama on election victory

President Bush makes a statement congratulating President-elect Barack Obama and calling for a smooth transition, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush embraced Barack Obama’s election victory Wednesday, saying he understands the message of change that was the centerpiece of Obama’s campaign.

“It will be a stirring sight to see President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their beautiful girls step through the doors of the White House,” the president said. “I know millions of Americans will be overcome with pride at this inspiring moment that so many have waited so long.”

Bush called Obama’s win an “impressive victory” and said it represented strides “toward a more perfect Union.” He said the choice of Obama was “a triumph of the American story, a testament to hard work, optimism and faith in the enduring promise of our nation.”

Video Essay: A Look Inside the RNC Protests

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Thousands of protesters gathered in St. Paul, Minn., the site of the Republican National Convention. As tensions mounted between those gathered and police, AP photojournalist Evan Vucci was in the middle of the crowd.

Iran says nuclear program will continue

Talks on Iran’s nuclear program ended in a stalemate Saturday, despite the Bush administration’s decision to send an official for the first time.

An hour into the talks, Iran “ruled out any freeze on its uranium enrichment program,” the Associated Press reported.

Six world powers entered talks hosted by Switzerland in hope of a compromise: Iran ceases to expand its nuclear program and no new sanctions will be placed on the country.

But there is “no chance” of that, the Iranian delegation said.

Iran has defied three sets of UN sanctions, saying it has the “right to nuclear technology for peaceful uses.”