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“There have been no talks. It’s not what I’m planning for the next chapter of my life. … I’m not waiting by the phone,” the independent Connecticut senator said on “Fox News Sunday.”
It’s hardly the first time Mr. Lieberman, a former Democrat and that party’s vice presidential nominee in 2000 alongside Al Gore, has been mentioned as a possible Cabinet official. In fact, there was speculation earlier this year that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney might pick Mr. Lieberman to be his secretary of state, if he defeated Mr. Obama. Mr. Lieberman confirmed over the summer that he would have been open to serving in a Romney administration.
Plane carrying press corps damaged in bird strike
The charter aircraft carrying the White House press corps to President Obama’s three-nation tour of Southeast Asia lost an engine due to a bird strike in Japan early Saturday.
No one was injured in the incident, which occurred as the press plane was preparing to land for a refueling stop in Tokyo. But CBS radio reporter Mark Knoller said on Twitter that the damaged engine required the White House travel office to get another plane for the media, forcing a delay of more than five hours in Japan.
The charter flight left Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Friday morning, Washington time. Mr. Obama departed Saturday morning on Air Force One for Thailand; he will also visit Cambodia and Burma before returning to Washington on Wednesday.
Official: Voter sign-up should be automatic
One of the top enforcers of the nation’s civil rights laws said Friday government should be responsible for automatically registering citizens to vote by using existing databases to compile lists of all eligible residents in each jurisdiction.
The proposal by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, chief of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, follows an election with breakdowns that forced voters in many states to wait in line for hours.
In remarks at George Washington University law school, Mr. Perez said census data shows that of 75 million adult citizens who failed to vote in the 2008 presidential election, 60 million were not registered and therefore ineligible to cast a ballot.
Mr. Perez said the current registration system is needlessly complex and forces state and local officials to manually process a crush of new registrations, most handwritten, every election season. This leaves “the system riddled with errors, too often, creating chaos at the polls,” Mr. Perez said. “That’s exactly what we saw at a number of polling places on Election Day.”
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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