U2’s Bono to urge U.S. politicians not to cut aid programs

Singer Bono of the band U2 speaks at the opening session of the Oslo Forum in NorwayWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Irish rocker and anti-poverty campaigner Bono will appeal to Democrats and Republicans during a visit to Washington this week to spare U.S. development assistance programs from cuts as Congress tries to avert the looming "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending reductions early next year. The U2 lead singer's visit comes as the Obama administration and congressional leaders try to forge a deal in coming weeks to avoid the economy hitting the "fiscal cliff" – tax increases and spending cuts worth $600 billion starting in January if Congress does not act. …