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Bill Clinton defends charity, says won't give up paid speeches
By Steve Holland and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday he would continue to give paid speeches while his wife, Hillary Clinton, runs for president amid criticism of the income her family draws from people, including foreigners, with business before the U.S. government. He also said he may consider stepping down or taking "less of an executive role" at the Clinton Foundation should his wife become president. "I gotta pay our bills," Clinton told NBC News from Kenya when asked about his speeches, for which he sometimes charges more than $500,000, in an interview taped over the weekend. If I think there's something wrong with it, I don't take it." His decision to emerge from the sidelines and speak out about the Clinton Foundation reflects concerns about getting Hillary Clinton's campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination back on a sound footing after it took a pounding in recent weeks.
New York Senate leader Skelos, son charged with corruption
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal authorities charged New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son on Monday with engaging in a corruption scheme, in the latest of a string of criminal cases against politicians in the state's capital of Albany. Skelos, a 67-year-old Republican, and his 32-year-old son, Adam, were named in a six-count criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court that included charges of conspiracy and extortion. Prosecutors said Skelos pressured a real estate developer and an environmental technology company to pay his son more than $200,000 in exchange for his support on infrastructure and legislation.
Retired surgeon Carson slams 'slick politicians' in 2016 U.S. presidential bid launch
By Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson slammed "slick politicians" in both parties as he launched his bid on Monday for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, casting himself as a problem-solver whose experience sets him apart from the field. Carson, a favorite of conservative activists, said the upcoming elections should bring in leaders with "common sense" to enact policies like reversing President Barack Obama's 2010 health care overhaul and revamping the U.S. tax code. I'm not politically correct, and I'm probably never going to be politically correct because I'm not a politician," Carson said in a speech in Detroit, his hometown. In polls of the Republican Party's wide field of likely candidates, he currently gets about 4.8 percent of the vote, according to Reuters/Ipsos polls.
Fed's Yellen says met firm at heart of leak probes
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen met with a research firm that later published confidential information from the central bank, she said on Monday. Yellen met with Medley Global Advisors in June 2012, she said in a letter, months before the firm unveiled details of a September Fed meeting a day ahead of the publication of the central bank's own record of the discussions. "Nothing Medley Global Advisors reported in October ... could have been conveyed in June, and let me assure you that, in any case, I did not convey any confidential information," Yellen said in the letter to two Republican members of the House of Representatives, Jeb Hensarling and Sean Duffy.
Garland shooting: Keynote speaker was on al-Qaida wanted list
Carly Fiorina announces 2016 presidential run
The latest Republican candidate to join the 2016 race, Fiorina broke the news on Twitter just moments before making her official announcement on ABC's 'Good Morning America.'Mon, 04 May 2015 07:57:02 -0400
Could machine politics be the solution to Washingtons dysfunction?
You would think that in the week that the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could lead to the legalization of gay marriage across the country, Jonathan Rauch would be taking a victory lap of sorts.Sun, 03 May 2015 11:07:12 -0400
Behind the lines: An inside look at the protests on Baltimore's streets
The news Friday that six Baltimore police officers have been charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray culminates a week of protests and violence that have transfixed the city, country and much of the world.Fri, 01 May 2015 13:41:33 -0400
The Bernie Sanders Website: A Review
Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life
American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar. After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post in Afghanistan before he was taken by the Taliban in 2009, as some Afghan war veterans alleged.