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Robert Siegel

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China Threatens To Expel Reporters After Reports On Leaders' Wealth

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Chinese authorities have threatened to toss out all of the reporters for The New York Times and Bloomberg in China after 18 months of blockbuster stories exposing corruption among the elites — including, in the Times case, the family of Premier Wen Jiabao, who ruled for a decade, and Bloomberg's reporting on Li Keqiang, who took over in March. It is a reaction that has not been seen since the earliest days after the thawing of relations between the U.S. and China in the mid-1970s.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013, And His Legacy

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Former South Africa president Nelson Mandela died Thursday at his home in Johannesburg after a prolonged lung infection. News of the anti-apartheid icon's death resonated across the world. Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, spent 27 years in prison for his work to end South Africa's brutal apartheid system before becoming the country's first black president and preaching reconciliation and forgiveness.

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Social Security Fight Exposes Democratic Divide On Economic Policy

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Over the past year there's been a great deal of talk about fissures in the Republican party. But this week, it's the Democrats who are divided over their economic worldview.

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Ukrainian President Withstands No-Confidence Vote Amid Protests

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Tuesday as the opposition failed to muster a majority to pass the measure. The opposition, and thousands of protesters now gathered in downtown Kiev, are demanding Yanukovitch's resignation because he refused to sign political and trade agreements with the European Union. Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, has been under intense pressure from Moscow to reject membership in the EU and to embrace closer trade ties with Russia and other countries that formerly belonged to the Soviet Union. The protesters in Kiev have vowed to continue their siege of government buildings.

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HealthCare.gov Works Better But Problems Lurk Below The Surface

Monday, December 02, 2013

The administration says Healthcare.gov is now working for the vast majority of users. And as evidence of that improvement, it said that 375,000 visitors used the site on Monday before noon. But that doesn't mean that people who enroll on the site will actually have the insurance coverage they signed up for by Jan. 1. The back end of the system — where the website provides customer and subsidy information to insurers --is still riddled by delays.

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Pakistani Taliban Leader Believed Dead In U.S. Drone Strike

Friday, November 01, 2013

The leader of the Pakistani Taliban is reported to have been killed by a U.S. drone strike. Hakimullah Mehsud's group is believed responsible for attacks across Pakistan. He is also implicated in the attack that killed seven CIA employees at a CIA base in Afghanistan in late 2009. Mehsud has been reported to have been killed before, but sources are confident this time.

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Gunman Opens Fire At Los Angeles International Airport

Friday, November 01, 2013

A lone gunman opened fire Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, police say. Police fired on the alleged shooter, who is now in police custody. The attack left one TSA officer dead and at least seven people needing medical treatment (including the shooter), officials said. The shooting forced the evacuation of a terminal and more than 45 flights into and out of LAX have been cancelled.

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Why The Dearth Of Black Commediennes In 'SNL' Cast?

Friday, November 01, 2013

Scandal star Kerry Washington's turn hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live this Saturday has revived criticism of the show's lack of black female cast members. The issue was raised earlier this year when SNL announced five new cast members — four male, all white. The show's lack of black women — only three have ever been cast in 38 years — forces the show's black males to dress as black women, which echoes historic, demeaning issues for black male comics. It also keeps SNL from featuring black female characters and keeps black women from entering the farm team of America's comedy elite who launch their careers there.

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Here's What You Need To Know About Obamacare And Your Health Plan

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The latest complaints about the health law center around the question of whether you can keep your current health plan if you like it. There actually are rules associated with the law that try to protect that right. Here's a primer on those rules.

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Prosecutors Press Case In 'News Of The World' Phone-Tapping Trial

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

At the Old Bailey Courthouse in London Wednesday, the prosecution laid out the case against former journalists of the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World.

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Tienanmen Square Car Crash Leads To Questions And Censorship

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Police in China are reportedly searching for two men from the country's far west region in connection with a car crash in Tiananmen Square that killed five people and injured 38 Monday. The incident has Chinese censors deleting online discussions relating to the crash.

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Boston's 'Big Papi' Shines In World Series

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The World Series moves to Boston for game six, and the Red Sox are one win away from the title. It has been a team effort to get to this point, but the one player in particular stands out: first baseman and designated hitter David "Big Papi" Ortiz.

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Penn State To Pay Nearly $60 Million To Sandusky Abuse Victims

Monday, October 28, 2013

Officials at Pennsylvania State University say the school will pay almost $60 million to 26 men over their claims that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused them.

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Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84

Friday, October 18, 2013

Former House Speaker Tom Foley has died. The Washington Democrat spent 30 years in the House until he lost his seat in the 1995 Republican revolution. He went on to serve as ambassador to Japan under Clinton. Foley was 84 years old and died of complications from a stroke.

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U.S. Might Pause Plans To Ramp Up Syrian Rebel Training

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A U.S. government source says small arms from the U.S. are starting to head into Syria, funneled by the CIA, which is involved in covert training of rebel forces in Jordan. But a larger U.S. training effort has yet to be approved by the White House. The Pentagon is coming up with options that ramp up CIA training in Jordan and possibly Turkey. Other Arab countries have also expressed interest in helping out. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has hinted that the larger-scale training would be done by either Green Berets or conventional U.S. troops, and Sen. John McCain is pushing for this effort. But the effort may have been put on hold given the new diplomatic effort between the U.S. and Russia.

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White House Shifts Syria Proposal From Strike To Weapons Surrender

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

President Obama is scheduled to address the nation on Tuesday night about the situation in Syria and the U.S. role in the face of a chemical attack. So far, he's made little headway persuading the American people and Congress that the U.S. needs to act.

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Bipartisan Senators Support Delaying Vote On Syria Strike

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

President Obama, scheduled to address the nation from the White House on Tuesday evening, trekked to the Capitol in the afternoon to address the Democratic and Republican Senate luncheons.

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New Head Of Olympic Committee Faces A Number Of Challenges

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The International Olympic committee (IOC) has elected a new president, Thomas Bach of Germany. He assumes leadership of an organization that faces criticism over politics, costs and what some view as its insular approach to which sports are offered during the games. The new president succeeds Jacques Rogge, who lead the IOC for 12 years.

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Olympic Committee To Select Host City For 2020 Games

Friday, September 06, 2013

The International Olympic Committee is meeting in Buenos Aires this weekend. They'll select a host city for 2020, determine which sports will be included in those games and will choose a new president.

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White House Tries To Rally Support Around A Syria Strike

Friday, August 30, 2013

President Obama says the world cannot accept the use of chemical weapons on a mass scale in Syria, but much of the world seems unwilling to act in response. The president says the U.S. has not made a final decision either.

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