- - Sunday, May 6, 2012

President Obama invited French president-elect Francois Hollande to the White House later this month, expressing hope the two would work “closely,” a spokesman said Sunday.

In a telephone call to congratulate Mr. Hollande on his election victory, Mr. Obama “indicated that he looks forward to working closely with Mr. Hollande and his government on a range of shared economic and security challenges,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Hollande “each reaffirmed the important and enduring alliance between the people of the United States and France,” the statement read.

Mr. Hollande was elected Sunday as France’s first Socialist president in nearly two decades, dealing a humiliating defeat to incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and shaking up European politics.

The U.S. president is scheduled to host the leaders of the Group of Eight at his Camp David retreat in Maryland on May 18-19, followed by the NATO trans-Atlantic alliance summit in Chicago on May 20-21.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul speaks at The Tea Party Express rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Sunday May 6, 2012. Thousands attended the event, which included speeches by Paul and U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)
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In his call to Mr. Hollande, the president “proposed that they meet beforehand at the White House” for a bilateral talk, Mr. Carney said. 


Romney is a grandfather again to twin boys

PITTSBURGH — Mitt Romney is a grandfather again, and he has a surrogate to thank.

Tagg Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s oldest son, announced Friday he has newborn twin sons. Tagg Romney tweeted “big thanks” to the surrogate who gave birth to the twins. David Mitt and William Ryder were born on Friday.

The two additions mean Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, now have 18 grandchildren. The oldest is 16.

Mrs. Romney tweeted her congratulations. “Grandchildren 17 and 18 are here,” she wrote on Twitter. “We can’t wait to meet David and William.”

Tagg, 42, and his wife, Jen, 39, have appeared on the campaign trail with the former Massachusetts governor, sometimes with their four other children. This is the second time the couple has used a surrogate. Their son Jonathan was born in 2010 via a surrogate.

Tagg Romney spoke with the Mormon Church about his family’s plans before the children were born, a campaign aide said. Michael Purdy, a spokesman for the LDS Church, said the church discourages surrogate motherhood but leaves the decision to individual members.

There is some opposition to surrogacy among social conservatives. The in-vitro fertilization that’s required can cause the destruction of embryos, a problem for some anti-abortion groups

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