- - Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Clintons to attend Havel funeral in Czech Republic

The White House says former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to the Czech Republic for Friday’s funeral of former President Vaclav Havel.

The White House says the Clintons will be joined by former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Norman Eisen on the presidential delegation to the funeral.

Mr. Havel was the leader of the peaceful anti-communist “Velvet Revolution.” He died Sunday at age 75.

The Clintons called Mr. Havel a “towering figure in the world of human rights and a force for progress in Eastern Europe.”


Barbour plans return to his lobbying firm

JACKSON — When Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour leaves office Jan. 10, he’ll return to the lobbying firm he founded in 1991.

That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the plan, who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Mr. Barbour’s plans were not yet public.

The person said Wednesday that Mr. Barbour will return next month to the BGR Group. It is a government affairs, strategic communications and investment banking firm. The person said Mr. Barbour’s new office is under construction in Washington, and newly hired people will work for him.

Mr. Barbour recently has worn BGR golf shirts at public events. He cannot seek a third term as governor.

Mr. Barbour’s spokeswoman said the governor had no comment.


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