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Gore named in sex scandal

Portland police say they investigated allegations that former Vice President Al Gore had “unwanted sexual contact” with a massage therapist during an October 2006 visit, but they found insufficient evidence to support the woman’s claims. Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk said Wednesday an attorney representing the woman contacted police in late 2006. Schrunk said the woman refused to be interviewed by detectives and didn’t want the investigation to continue. But the woman contacted police in January 2009 and gave a statement, saying Gore tried to have sex with her during a massage appointment at the upscale downtown Hotel Lucia.
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Judge who blocked drilling ban has conflict-of-interest

The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration’s six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. He’s also a new member of a secret national security court. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, a 1983 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, reported owning less than $15,000 in stock in 2008 in Transocean Ltd., the company that owned the sunken Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Feldman overturned the ban Tuesday, saying the government simply assumed that because one rig exploded, the others pose an imminent
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More money woes for Marco Rubio

Republican Marco Rubio wants to be a Senator from Florida where he can — among other things — tackle the nation’s economic problems. Turns out Rubio has trouble taking care of his own finances. A home Rubio co-owns with a Florida congressional candidate is in foreclosure after the co-owners missed five mortgage payments. Rubio bought the Tallahassee house with state Rep. David Rivera in 2005. They paid $135,000 for the property with money borrowed from Deuthsch Bank National Trust and still owe $134,795 on the loan. Rubio claims he and Rivera stopped making payments because of a dispute with the
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Uh oh: Arizona guv pissed over Hillary’s comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday she’s angry over comments by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that the Obama administration will sue the state over its new immigration law. In a June 8 media interview in Ecuador that began circulating Thursday in the U.S., Clinton said President Barack Obama thinks the federal government should determine immigration policy and that the Justice Department “will be bringing a lawsuit against the act.” Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler on Thursday declined to say whether the department would sue and that “the department continues to review the law.” The department has been looking at
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Rand Paul’s hyprocrisy on Medicare

Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul says he opposes federal handouts, but the eye doctor takes government payments for treating Medicare and Medicaid patients. The dichotomy has drawn taunts of hypocrisy from his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway who on Tuesday called on Paul to quit “stonewalling” and release his Medicare billing records. “When it comes to government spending that benefits Paul, suddenly deficits don’t matter,” Conway’s campaign said in a release this week. Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton defended Paul’s acceptance of Medicare and Medicaid payments, saying that to shun the two health care programs would “penalize his older patients
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BP cut corners, cost on doomed ‘nightmare well’

BP took measures to cut costs in the weeks before the catastrophic blowout in the Gulf of Mexico as it dealt with one problem after another, prompting a BP engineer to describe the doomed rig as a “nightmare well,” according to internal documents released Monday. The comment by BP engineer Brian Morel came in an e-mail April 14, six days before the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that killed 11 people and has sent tens of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf in the nation’s worst environmental disaster. The e-mail was among dozens of internal documents released by the
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Financial reform: The lobbyists move in

Congress’ final tinkering with Wall Street overhaul this month offers lobbyists a last-ditch shot to reshape the package on behalf of clients with billions at stake. Even as the legislation gets tougher on banks by the week, agents of influence are hardly strangers on Capitol Hill. Many once worked for the lawmakers they’re lobbying. Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of a panel resolving differences in House and Senate bills, and Sen. Chris Dodd, who shepherded the Senate’s measure, have their hands full fending off industry efforts to dilute the final legislation. They must do so while trying to hold together a
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Sharron Angle: A gift to Democrats from the political gods

Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee to challenge embattled Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his seat in Nevada, could be a gift from the political gods for Reid’s campaign. Angle, a favorite of the Tea Party, is a political fruitcake who believes fluoridation of water is a Communist plot, booze should be outlawed, mothers should stay home and take care of their families and the BP oil spill is no big deal. Democrats are already chomping at the bit to expose Angle as a right-wing hack job with views so extreme that voters will be more than willing to
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Helen Thomas in firestorm for remarks about Israel

Legendary journalist Helen Thomas dared speak out about Israel last week and she’s paying for it. Nine Speakers Inc., which represented Thomas on the lucrative public speaking circuit, announced Sunday that it no-longer represents the acid-tongued Thomas . “It is with a heavy heart that Nine Speakers Inc. announces its resignation as the agent for Helen Thomas, Dean of the White House Press Corps.,” Diane Nine, President of the agency, said in a statement. “Ms. Thomas has had an esteemed career as a journalist, and she has been a trailblazer for women, helping others in her profession, and behind. However,
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South Carolina pol claims ‘Raghead’ slur was a joke

A South Carolina Republican state Senator called the President of the United States a ‘raghead’ and used the same slur against a candidate for that state’s governor but now claims the whole thing was just a joke. Sen. Jake Knotts apologized for the slurs and said they were meant ‘in jest.” Knotts, appearing on “Pub Politics,” an Internet-based political talk show, said “We’ve already got a raghead in the White House, we con’t need another raghead in the governor’s mansion.” Besides Obama, Knotts was referring to Nikki Haley, a State Representative, running for governor. Haley is of Indian descent. In
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