United States

Jim Yong Kim, Dartmouth College president, tapped by Obama to head World Bank

by Howard Schneider and Zachary Goldfarb Washington Post March 23, 2012

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‘Special interest’ tax breaks would be tough to cut, Congressional Research Service says

by Lori Mongomery Washington Post March 23, 2012

The vast majority of tax breaks in the U.S. tax code would be hard to cut because they promote important social goals or are “hugely popular” with voters, according to a new congressional analysis that casts doubt on Republican pro...

US economy adds 227,000 jobs in February; unemployment rate remains at 8.3 percent; 13 million people still unemployed

by Ylan Q Mui Washington Post March 10, 2012

As the country logs its third straight month of strong job growth, economists and politicians are daring to hope that a recovery dogged by false starts and sluggishness is finally taking hold....

Online, Joseph Kony and the Lords’s Resistance Army soar to topic number one

by Josh Kron and J David Goodman New York Times March 8, 2012

KAMPALA, Uganda — Jason Russell said he never knew he was driving into a war zone. At 24, he had just graduated from the University of Southern California after studying film, he said, and was out looking for a story to tell....

Intractable Afghan graft hampering US strategy–Afghan government has yet to prosecute a high-level corruption case

by Matthew Rosenberg and Graham Bowley New York Times March 7, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan — For the past few months, possibly the most intriguing poker game in Kabul has been taking place in the sprawling pink sitting room of the man at the center of one of the most public corruption scandals in the world, the near collapse of Kabul Bank....

US special operations forces are engaged in “more than 100 countries worldwide,” commander says

by Stephen Aftergood Secrecy News March 7, 2012

(Washington, DC, March 7, 2012) US special operations forces are engaged in “more than 100 countries worldwide,” said Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 6sterday. “In significant way...

Pentagon commander says US special forces in India and four other Asian countries

by BBC News March 2, 2012

US special forces are present in five South Asian countries, including India, a top Pentagon commander has revealed.US Pacific Commander Admiral Robert Willard said the teams were deployed to help India with their counter-terrorism co-operation....

Families in extreme poverty double

by Reuters February 24, 2012

The number of families living on $2 or less per person per day for at least a month in the USA has more than doubled in 15 years to 1.46 million....

US troops now in 4 African countries to fight Lords Resistance Army

by Jason Straziuso Associated Press/ABC News February 22, 2012

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