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Jun 27, 2012
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Obama letter brings Democratic donors out of the woodwork

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A fundraising appeal from President Barack Obama on Monday netted Democratic Congressional candidates their biggest online fundraising day ever, New York Congressman Steve Israel said at the Reuters Washington Summit.

Obama made an email appeal asking supporters to donate $3 or more to help the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The appeal raised $580,000, said Israel, chairman of the DCCC, which helps recruit and raise money for candidates for the House of Representatives.

Jun 27, 2012

Wandering Cape Cod bear captured in Boston suburb

BOSTON (Reuters) – He’s baaack: A male black bear captured on Cape Cod earlier this month, where it was tranquilized and moved to central Massachusetts, showed up again on Tuesday just six miles from downtown Boston.

State officials said they had captured the bear in a tree in the Chestnut Hill area of Brookline, just west of Boston, and confirmed it was the same bear which roamed the Cape for about two weeks before being captured and relocated on June 12.

Jun 22, 2012

Schilling says game firm collapse cost him $50 mln

BOSTON, June 22 (Reuters) – Former Boston Red Sox pitcher
Curt Schilling, owner of bankrupt 38 Studios, said on Friday
that the rapid collapse of the videogame development company had
cost him $50 million of his own fortune.

Schilling made the comments to a WEEI, a Boston sports-radio
station, in his first interview since Providence, Rhode
Island-based 38 Studios filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on June 7
and laid off its roughly 400 workers.

Jun 21, 2012

Mob suspect Bulger wants trial delay, prosecutors object

BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors have asked a judge to deny a request from reputed Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger to postpone his murder trial for a year.

Bulger, who spent years on the FBI’s most wanted list, turns 83 in September. He has pleaded not guilty to 19 murder charges, which date from the 1970s and 1980s.

Jun 18, 2012
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Romney, Boehner do burgers

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It was an all-American moment for Mitt Romney and House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday in their first joint appearance since Romney clinched the Republican nomination for president.

The pair rallied in Troy, Ohio, in Boehner’s Congressional district, along with Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman.

Jun 18, 2012

Romney small town tour preaches mostly to the choir

NEWARK, OHIO (Reuters) – Enthusiastic crowds waving American flags and holding campaign signs are greeting Mitt Romney on a five-day bus tour but the Republican’s first big campaign swing since the primary season ended is reaching out to voters who are already in his column.

Romney’s “Every Town Counts” trip through battleground states is unlikely to win over many of the independents who will decide November’s election against President Barack Obama. Instead, Romney is addressing mostly loyalists who waited in long check-in lines to hear him and, on Sunday, braved a thunderstorm to listen to their candidate.

Jun 16, 2012
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Ann Romney’s horse, trainer headed to Olympics

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A horse partly owned by First Lady candidate Ann Romney will be representing the red, white and blue in London this summer after almost certainly qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team in dressage, “the highest expression of horse training.”

Rafalca, a 15-year-old Oldenburg mare, and California-based trainer Jan Ebeling came in third in the U.S. Equestrian Federation National Dressage Championships in Gladstone, New Jersey, on Saturday. That almost guarantees the pair a spot on the team, which has five dressage spots.

Jun 16, 2012

Romney breaks from small-town tour to talk faith, Israel

CORNWALL, PA, June 16 (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney
took time out on Saturday from a five-day tour aimed at shoring
up support among small-town voters in battleground states to
touch base with another critical party constituency – Christian
conservatives – and include some tough talk on U.S. relations
with Israel.

Romney, the presumptive nominee to face off against
President Barack Obama in November, spoke by satellite to the
Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C., not
long after appearing at a foundry in eastern Pennsylvania.

Jun 16, 2012

Romney breaks from small-town tour for speech on faith

WEATHERLY, PA (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney took time out on Saturday from a five-day tour aimed at shoring up support among small-town voters in battleground states to touch base with another critical party constituency – Christian conservatives.

Romney, the presumptive nominee to face off against President Barack Obama in November, spoke by satellite to the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C., not long after appearing at a foundry in eastern Pennsylvania.

Jun 15, 2012

Immigration overshadows Romney rural bus tour

, June 15 (Reuters) – Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney’s rural bus tour hit an unexpected bump on
Friday as he scrambled to respond to President Barack Obama’s
decision to ease deportation rules for young illegal immigrants.

On a day when Romney wanted to emphasize the gap between the
president and regular Americans, he instead was forced to
step warily into the immigration debate after Obama announced
new rules that would allow children of illegal immigrants to
stay in the country on a temporary basis.

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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