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Jul 25, 2011

Pelosi seeks ethics probe of Oregon Democrat Wu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said she will seek an ethics investigation Monday into sexual misconduct allegations against Representative David Wu.

Pelosi called for the investigation after reported accusations that the Oregon Democrat had an unwanted sexual encounter with the teen-aged daughter of a campaign donor.

Jul 13, 2011
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Gingrich debt ceiling advice: make Obama responsible

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Newt Gingrich says he “deeply opposed” to the proposal by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for resolving the debt ceiling impasse because it cedes too much power to President Obama.

“It’s basically a surrender,” Gingrich said Tuesday on the Fox News Channel, imploring congressional Republicans to stand firm in the standoff with Obama.

Jun 9, 2011

Senate readies bill to use Gaddafi assets for aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama could use frozen Libyan government assets to pay for humanitarian aid to Libyan people caught in the North African country’s civil war under a bill sponsored by a group of leading Senate Democrats and Republicans.

“The ongoing violence in Libya has disrupted the economy and left far too many innocent Libyan citizens struggling to simply put food on the table and to manage the daily necessities of life,” Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson said on Wednesday in a joint statement with the committee’s senior Republican, Richard Shelby.

Jun 8, 2011

U.S. aid to Afghanistan needs sharper focus – report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The benefits of U.S. foreign aid for Afghanistan could melt away with a planned U.S. troop withdrawal, according to a congressional study that recommends the Obama administration focus on long-term, sustainable development.

The two-year study by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Democratic majority, which is to be released on Wednesday, urged the administration to make more effective use of the roughly $320 million a month in foreign aid it spends in Afghanistan, with a focus on sustainability.

Jun 8, 2011

U.S. aid to Afghanistan needs sharper focus: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The benefits of U.S. foreign aid for Afghanistan could melt away with a planned U.S. troop withdrawal, according to a congressional study that recommends the Obama administration focus on long-term, sustainable development.

The two-year study by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Democratic majority, which is to be released on Wednesday, urged the administration to make more effective use of the roughly $320 million a month in foreign aid it spends in Afghanistan, with a focus on sustainability.

Jun 6, 2011
via Tales from the Trail

Governor Perry’s call to prayer

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Financial debt. Terrorism. Natural disasters — all big problems for the United States.

Texas  Governor Rick Perry,  a potential Republican presidential candidate, thinks prayer might help.

Jun 6, 2011
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Palin sees U.S. economy as “sinking ship”

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Fresh off her “One Nation” bus tour that may or may not have been a precursor to a 2012 presidential campaign, Sarah  Palin on Sunday likened the sputtering U.S. economy to a sinking ship.

“It’s very noble of President Obama to want to stay at the helm and maybe go down with this sinking ship,” said Palin, who herself  resigned as Alaska governor in 2009 with more than a year left in her first term.

Jun 3, 2011
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Mitt Romney launches 2012 presidential campaign

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It was supposed to be Mitt Romney’s day in New Hampshire, but the presidential hopeful ended up sharing the spotlight with a potential rival.

Sarah Palin’s “One Nation” family bus tour just happened to roll into the Granite State on Thursday — the same day  as Romney’s  big announcement.  The former Alaska governor  says the timing of her arrival was just a coincidence.

Jun 2, 2011
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Palin says tour is “not about me”

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Is Sarah Palin running for president or isn’t she?

If  the former Alaska governor and Republican superstar knows the answer  to that question, she’s not saying.

And her silence has  speculation running rampant  over the meaning of her  family’s East Cost  bus tour of historic sites.

May 27, 2011

Romney to enter presidential race next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will formally announce his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination next week in New Hampshire, a Romney aide said on Thursday.

Romney, who unsuccessfully sought the party’s nomination in 2008, is regarded as the early Republican front-runner to challenge President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election.

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      "Night desk reporter in the Washington Bureau. Holds a Masters degree in Interactive Journalism and currently working on merging new media skills with old media experience. Prior to joining Reuters, worked in broadcasting at two other international wire services (which I won't name here). A perpetual piano student, and not very good, which is perfect for my secret ambition -- lounge piano player."
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