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Ethics Committee sends Ensign case to Justice Department

Former Sen. John Ensign of Nevada broke federal law, made false statements to the Federal Election Commission and obstructed a Senate Ethics Committee’s investigation into his conduct, the panel said Thursday in a scathing report that sent the matter to the Justice Department for possible prosecution. The former Republican lawmaker “created a web of deceit that entangled and compromised numerous people,” the committee said, adding that it had assembled enough evidence to warrant possible expulsion had Ensign not resigned. Ensign quit May 3, one day before he was to have testified under oath about an affair with the wife of
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Senators slam defiant big oil bosses

Oil executives defended the billions of dollars they get in tax breaks on Capitol Hill, only to be chastised by senators, who said their huge profits put them out of touch with consumers facing high gas prices. Democratic lawmakers slammed executives on Thursday over their refusal to give up tax breaks after their companies earned $35 billion during the first quarter of this year as gasoline prices rose to $4 a gallon. “I think you’re out of touch — deeply, profoundly out of touch and deeply and profoundly committed to sharing nothing,” Senator Jay Rockefeller told executives from Exxon Mobil,
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Romney tries to defend hyprocrisy on health care reform

Republican Mitt Romney on Thursday played down the healthcare reforms he crafted as Massachusetts governor as he sought the support of conservatives for his party’s 2012 presidential nomination. The similarities between Romney’s healthcare plan and that of Democratic President Barack Obama, derisively dubbed “Romneycare and Obamacare” by conservatives, are seen as the biggest challenge to Romney in his expected presidential bid. “Our plan was a state solution to a state problem,” Romney said in a speech at the University of Michigan’s Cardiovascular Center in Ann Arbor. “While his (Obama’s) plan is a power grab by the federal government to put
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Newt Gingrich: Too old and too out-of-touch to be President?

When Newt Gingrich last held political office “Seinfeld” was a top-rated TV show. The Spice Girls ruled the pop charts. And pagers — not iPhones — were the must-have tech device. Now, as the 67-year-old former U.S. House speaker enters the race for president, he faces the challenge of drawing on his rich resume of experience while rebranding himself for a restless Republican Party that seems hungry for a fresh face to take on the youthful and hip President Barack Obama. “It’s the crux of his campaign,” former Gingrich aide Rich Galen says. “Can he escape being a symbol of
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Americans more optimistic about economy

Americans are growing more optimistic about the U.S. economy, a sentiment that is benefiting President Barack Obama despite public disenchantment with his handling of rising gasoline prices and swollen government budget deficits. An Associated Press-GfK poll shows that more than 2 out of 5 people believe the U.S. economy will get better, while a third think it will stay the same and nearly a fourth think it will get worse, a rebound from last month’s more pessimistic attitude. And, for the first time since the 100-day mark of his presidency, slightly more than half approve of Obama’s stewardship of the
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Bin Laden planned to attack small American cities

Though hunted and in hiding, Osama bin Laden remained the driving force behind every recent al-Qaida terror plot, U.S. officials say, citing his private journal and other documents recovered in last week’s raid. Until Navy SEALs killed him a week ago, bin Laden dispensed chilling advice to the leaders of al-Qaida groups from Yemen to London: Hit Los Angeles, not just New York, he wrote. Target trains as well as planes. If possible, strike on significant dates, such as the Fourth of July and the upcoming 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Above all, he urged, kill
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House panel votes to delay gays in military plan

A House panel approved a defense bill early Thursday that would delay President Barack Obama’s new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military and limit the commander in chief’s authority on slashing the nation’s nuclear arsenal. By a vote of 60-1, the House Armed Services Committee approved the broad, $553 billion defense blueprint that would provide a 1.6 percent increase in military pay, fund an array of aircraft, ships and submarines, slightly increase health care fees for working-age retirees and meet the Pentagon’s request for an additional $118 billion to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The lone
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Most Americans want a strong third political party

Most Americans want to see a third political party become viable so they have a real choice at the polls on election day. A new Gallup Poll shows 52 percent of Republicans want a third party. The same poll shows 60 percent of those who identify themselves with the tea party want a third party. Gallup says a majority of Americans overall have wanted to see a third party since 2006. So why don’t we have a real third party movement in this nation? Jeffrey Young of Gallup says widespread dissatisfaction with status quo and a general unhappiness with the
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Obama’s approval rating hits 60 percent

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. In worrisome signs for Republicans, the president’s standing improved not just on foreign policy but also on the economy, and independent Americans — a key voting bloc in the November 2012 presidential election — caused the overall uptick in support by sliding back to Obama after fleeing for much of the past two years.
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Boehner: Trillions in cuts needed to reduce deficit

The top Republican in Congress wants trillions of dollars in spending cuts as part of must-pass legislation allowing the federal government to continue borrowing to keep it operating and meeting obligations to investors. It’s a new, ambitious marker in a battle over the budget that’s expected to consume Congress for much of the summer. House Speaker John Boehner also said that any legislation to raise the so-called debt limit beyond its current $14.3 trillion cap should be accompanied by spending cuts larger than the amount of the permitted increase in the debt. The Ohio Republican made the comments in a
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