Monday, November 24, 2008

NATIONAL & WORLD DIGEST November 24, 2008

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-Democrats' Stimulus Plan May Reach $700 Billion
Spending Package Would Rival Financial System Bailout
Facing an increasingly ominous economic outlook, President-elect Barack Obama and other Democrats are rapidly ratcheting up plans for a massive fiscal stimulus program that could total as much as $700 billion over the next two years.

-Much to His Chagrin, 'Plain Old Barack Is Gone'
Obama nourished his soul on a life of routine in Chicago, friends say. Now they hope he can find comfort in a city he has never embraced.

-Friend of The Obamas To Be Social Secretary
Naming of Rogers Will Raise Profile of White House Post

-As Bush's Term Ends, Some Big Names Seek Pardons
With a backlog of applications piled up at the Justice Department, high-profile criminals and their well-connected lawyers increasingly are appealing directly to President Bush for special consideration on pardons and clemency, according to people involved in the process.

-China's Lifeline to the U.S.
For weeks the world has eagerly awaited word from the Obama transition team about the people who will head up the next administration -- the new secretaries of state and treasury, the attorney general. But one of the more crucial positions in the Obama administration probably isn't going to be filled for months and is likely to get little attention when it is -- the post of U.S. ambassador to China.

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-Citigroup rescue includes $20B cash injection, guarantee on billions in assets
Rushing to rescue Citigroup, the government agreed to shoulder hundreds of billions of dollars in possible losses at the stricken bank and to plow a fresh $20 billion into the company. Regulators hope the dramatic action will bolster badly shaken confidence in the once-mighty banking giant as well as the nation's financial system, a goal that so far has been elusive despite a flurry of government interventions to battle the worst global crisis since the 1930s.,0,4146247.story

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