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Out of touch? Hillary Clinton hits back after wealth gaffe WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton sought Wednesday to nuance her remark that she and ex-president husband Bill were "dead broke" when they left the White House, insisting she was not out of touch.The widely-anticipated 2016 Democratic presidential candidate earlier this month kicked off her book tour telling ABC television the Clintons left the White House "not only dead broke, but in debt.""We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for (daughter) Chelsea's education. You know, it was not easy," said Clinton, a Yale-educated lawyer herself before entering public service.Republicans jumped on her comments. Even some supporters cringed at what sounded like elitism and insensitivity to the plight of ordinary Americans, at a time when the US economy is still suffering."Well, I shouldn't have said the five or so words that I said, but my inartful use of those ...

US courts back gay marriage DENVER: A US appeals court on Wednesday found a gay marriage ban in conservative Utah violated the Constitution, saying the heavily Mormon state could not bar same-sex nuptials in a ruling that capped a day of victories for gay couples.The Utah ruling by the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver marked the first regional appeals court ruling on gay marriage since the US Supreme Court forced the federal government a year ago to ...
Cheney slams wrong US direction in Iraq WASHINGTON: Former vice-president Dick Cheney, an architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, on Tuesday defended his choices at the time, and slammed the current US course as opening the door to insurgents.Cheney spoke to PBS television as the first of up to 300 US military advisers began their mission in Baghdad Tuesday to help the Iraqi army, and the Pentagon said the American troops were not taking on a combat role.The primary task of ...
White House raps Republicans over ambassadorial logjam WASHINGTON: The White House blamed Senate Republicans on Tuesday for putting US national security at risk by thwarting the swift confirmation of a long list of President Barack Obama's ambassador picks some to hot-spot nations.National Security Advisor Susan Rice said that 48 of Obama's nominations for ambassador overseas were pending and 26 were already on the Senate's executive calendar and eligible for full confirmation by the chamber.Rice also said that 16 of the 26 were ...
Congress honors MLK, 50 years of Civil Rights Act WASHINGTON: Holding hands and singing "We Shall Overcome," US lawmakers on Tuesday marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by conferring Congress's highest honor on the late Martin Luther King.A 2004 resolution accorded the Congressional Gold Medal to the civil-rights icon and his wife, Coretta Scott King.But King's wife died in 2006 and it was their children who accepted the medal on the Kings' behalf Tuesday in a ceremony in the rotunda of ...
US missile defence system strikes target in test WASHINGTON: The Boeing-managed ground-based system intended to shield the continental United States successfully intercepted a simulated incoming missile over the Pacific Ocean for the first time Sunday, the Pentagon said.The Ground-based Midcourse Defence (GMD) system, with a $40 billion price tag, aims to protect against long-range ballistic missiles from so-called rogue states such as North Korea and Iran. But government records show it has failed a series of tests.President Barack Obama's administration has announced it ...
Mexico arrests alleged son of drug lord MEXICO CITY: Mexican federal police on Saturday captured a 22 year-old man who identified himself as the son of Servando "La Tuta" Gomez Martinez, leader of the Knights Templar cartel, officials said.Huber Gomez Patino was arrested in the town of Arteaga, in the western state of Michoacan, a stronghold of the gang, the office of Mexico's federal police said in a statement.The man "said that he was the son of Servando Gomez Martinez, and threatened ...


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