By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill Bratton, who has run police departments in New York, Los Angeles and Boston, was tapped on Thursday by New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to become the city's next police commissioner. Bratton, 66, will take over from Ray Kelly, who along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has overseen the city's security in the years after the September 11, 2001, attacks and the historic, two-decade long drop in murders and violent crime. "Bill Bratton is a proven crime-fighter," de Blasio said in a statement. Together, we are going to preserve and deepen the historic gains we've made in public safety - gains Bill Bratton helped make possible." "And we will do it by rejecting the false choice between keeping New Yorkers safe and protecting their civil rights," de Blasio said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads backing eight-term Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, who faces a primary challenge in Idaho, and two GOP candidates in West Virginia as the business organization ramps up its political activity for next year's congressional elections.
BEIJING (AP) — Casting a spotlight on China's controls on the media, Vice President Joe Biden met with U.S. journalists working in Beijing Thursday after publicly criticizing how they're treated by China's government.
The White House piled pressure on Republicans on Thursday to extend U.S. jobless benefits with a report that estimated a failure to take action could lead to a loss of 240,000 jobs in 2014. About 1.3 million Americans stand to lose jobless benefits on January 1 unless Congress agrees on an extension, and President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats are trying to overcome opposition from Republican lawmakers to extend the benefits as part of a budget deal. A joint report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the Labor Department estimated that without an extension of the benefits, GDP could be .2 percent to .4 percent lower. Failing to extend jobless benefits, the report said, would reduce economic demand and cost 240,000 jobs next year.