- - Monday, December 19, 2011

SENATE

McCain: N. Korea’s Kim in ‘warm corner of hell’

Sen. John McCain says the world is better off now that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died, and predicted the dictator would join the likes of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin “in a warm corner in hell.”

Mr. McCain’s political colleagues, including GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, have joined the prominent and outspoken senator in saying bluntly that Kim will not be missed after decades of oppression and threatening the world with his nuclear program.


But Mr. McCain, the top-ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, who was tortured as a prisoner during the Vietnam War, didn’t pull any punches. He said, “I can only express satisfaction that the ‘Dear Leader’ is joining the likes of Gadhafi, Bin Laden, Hitler and Stalin in a warm corner of hell.”

SOUTH CAROLINA

Romney’s firm profited as jobs disappeared

GAFFNEY — A venture-capital firm run by Mitt Romney created nearly 150 jobs in Gaffney, S.C., in the late 1980s only to eliminate them four years later and earn millions of dollars in profits.

The Associated Press reviewed Bain Capital’s little-known investments at the Holson Burnes Group. Bain doubled its $10 million investment into the clock and photo-supply company. But workers in South Carolina and New Hampshire lost their jobs as the company consolidated and expanded its operations overseas.

By sheer coincidence, the economic fallout from Bain’s decisions struck hardest in South Carolina and New Hampshire. They are among the first states with early primary elections, which could affect Mr. Romney’s run for the White House.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Bain Capital ultimately created tens of thousands of jobs.

ALASKA

Palin: Not too late to enter GOP race

JUNEAU — Sarah Palin says it’s not too late for someone to jump into the Republican presidential race.

Asked by Fox Business Network about the likelihood that she’d become a candidate, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee said it’s not too late for “folks” to jump in. Said Mrs. Palin: “Who knows what will happen in the future.”

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