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18/12/2007 - 22:08

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Congress moves to ease access to records - Democratic candidates and McCain lead on climate - Obama: History’s verdict on Bush will ‘not be kind’ - UN votes against death penalty - Goldman slips despite strong 4Q.

Congress moves to ease access to records
Congress is moving to reverse one area of the Bush administration's trend toward secrecy since the 2001 terrorist attacks by expanding the Freedom of Information Act, increasing penalties for noncompliance and making records held by government contractors subject to the law.
The White House isn't saying whether President Bush will sign the bill once the House acts on it Tuesday.

Democratic candidates and McCain lead on climate
The top Democratic presidential candidates and Republican John McCain are leading on the issue of energy security and climate change, a new environmental report said on Tuesday.
McCain, who has sponsored a bill to curb greenhouse emissions, "is far and away the (Republican) candidate most committed to addressing global warming and the nation's energy challenges," the League of Conservation Voters said in its 2008 guide to the U.S. presidential primaries.

Obama: History's verdict on Bush will 'not be kind'
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Tuesday blasted President Bush's foreign policy record, saying that "his judgments will be subject to the harsh light of history, and the verdict will not be kind."
But Obama also criticized his main opponents for the Democratic nomination for helping start the Iraq war.
"It's easy for us to lay all of the problems of the world at George Bush's doorstep," Obama said in Des Moines, Iowa.

UN votes against death penalty
The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday called for a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to abolishing executions, approving a resolution opposed by the U.S., China and Iran.
The vote in the 192-member world body was 104-54 with 29 abstentions. The resolution is not legally binding but carries moral weight and reflects the majority view of world opinion.

Goldman slips despite strong 4Q
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on Tuesday gave a cautious outlook for Wall Street in 2008 because of the ongoing credit crisis, even as the world's largest investment bank chalked up another record-breaking year.
During the fiscal fourth quarter, Goldman's $3.17 billion profit was fueled by higher investment banking fees, one-time asset sales, and surprisingly strong debt trading results.

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