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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson slammed "slick politicians" in both parties as he launched his bid on Monday for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, casting himself as a problem-solver whose experience sets him apart from the field. Carson, a favorite of conservative activists, said the upcoming elections should bring in leaders with "common sense" to enact policies like reversing President Barack Obama's 2010 health care overhaul and revamping the U.S. tax code. I'm not politically correct, and I'm probably never going to be politically correct because I'm not a politician," Carson said in a speech in Detroit, his hometown. In polls of the Republican Party's wide field of likely candidates, he currently gets about 4.8 percent of the vote, according to Reuters/Ipsos polls.
(Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc Chief Executive John Chambers will step down in July after 20 years at the helm of the network equipment maker, a symbol of the dot.com stock boom 15 years ago now struggling to boost its bottom line in the era of cloud computing. Company veteran Chuck Robbins, 49, will take over as CEO while 65-year-old Chambers, one of the longest-serving leaders of a Silicon Valley company, will become executive chairman and continue to be chairman, the company said on Monday. Wall Street analysts said a change was expected and could signal a refocusing of Cisco, which acquired dozens of companies under Chambers but has failed to make great headway outside its core networking business. Cisco's shares were up 0.4 percent at $29.24 in late morning trading on Nasdaq.
The presidents of Germany and Poland on Monday attended the funeral of Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, an Auschwitz survivor and two-time Polish foreign minister who died last month at the age of 93. "A former prisoner of Auschwitz and Stalinist prisons, he conveyed the truth about crimes carried out by totalitarian, Hitler and Stalinist regimes," Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said at the Warsaw funeral. Considered a moral authority in Poland, he spent his whole life trying to tear down the terrible divisions between Jews, Poles and Germans that World War II had created. Poland's chief rabbi Michael Schudrich, who attended the funeral alongside Catholic and Protestant priests, recited the Kaddish prayer before Bartoszewski's burial.