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Marine Corps General John Allen has withdrawn his name from consideration to be NATO supreme commander in Europe and he is retiring from military. Allen told president Obama his decision during a meeting at White House today. NPR’s Craig Windham reports president says he accepted Allen's request to retire so the general can address health issue with his family. In the statement issued by the White House, Obama calls Allen one of the nation’s finest military leaders. And he says he conveyed his deep personal appreciation for Allen's service over past nineteen months as US top commander in Afghanistan. Allen's nomination for the NATO post was put on hold when allegation surface mail sent inappropriate email message to a Florida social net but he was clear any wrongdoing last month following the investigation by the inspector general of Defense Department who looked in the email exchanges. After Allen was exonerated , the White House indicated it's moving ahead with his nomination. Craig Windham, NPR News, Washington.
The latest warning from White House over possible sequester took on new urgency today. President Obama said this morning that if congress failed to approve stop gap measure, 85 billion dollars in cut would take effect in ten days. The impact would be filled across government. Once more tax revenues, congressional republicans argue president already got back now he’s offered more in the way of trimming spending.
The supreme court is taking up another challenge to Campaign Finance Laws. NPR’s Peter Overby told us the new case seize to overturn a single aspect to limit how much individuals can give to candidates and party committees. Like a lot of case on political money, Metuchen verse the Federal Election Commission asks a relative small question. Can the court throw out just a big overall cap and how the donor can give per year or per election cycle. Richase teaches Campaign Finance Law at the University of California at Irvine. If court does it, then a whole host of campaign contribution limits could be subjected to future challenge. In 1976 supreme court decision says government can limit contribution to candidates and parties to guard against corruption and the appearance of corruption. Peter Overby, NPR News, Washington.
Tunisia’s political transition now faces new uncertainty, the country's Prime Minister has stepped down after he was unable to form a new government of technocrats.
United Nation is out with new finding on civilian casualties in Afghanistan says last year 16 civilians were killed in US strong strike which rose to 70% in 2012. But report shows overall civilian casualties decreased from the previous year.
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A new law takes effect this year in North Carolina that cuts unemployment benefit and raises business taxes. The governor signed the legislation today. From member station WFAE Michael Tomsic reports the state is trying to pay back 2.5 billion dollars to the federal government. North Carolina and more than 20 other states run out of money for unemployment insurance after the recession so they borrowed from federal government, and now only California and New York still owed more than North Carolina. Governor Pat McCrory says the debt is unacceptable. “Borrowing from Washington with no idea or plan on how to pay for ends with this administration.” The law he signed dramatically cut unemployment benefit and slightly raised taxes on some businesses. It also means 170,000 North Carolinian will lose their federal extended benefit in July when the changes take effect. For NPR news, I'm Michael Tomsic in Charlotte.
Confidence among US home builders is down slightly from its 6.5 years high. The National association home builder Wells Folk index dropped from 47 to 46 since January. Rating below 50 generally suggest negative sentiment about housing market.
For the first time, Google stock has topped 800 dollars as it has come more than 4 years after the online giant first holding 700 a share.
An investigation is under way in Belgium to one of biggest diamond heist in recent history. Authorities say 8 men made off with 50 million dollars worth precious stone from Brussels airport yesterday. They see the man were armed but no shots were fired.
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eg. The department's finances are currently being reviewed so all expense claims have been put on hold for the meantime.
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eg. An investigation exonerated the school from any blame.
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4. pay back
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5. run out of
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eg. All business people know that you can carry on for a while if you make no profits, but that if you run out of cash you are toast.
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