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Gingrich tries to influence Iowa gay marriage case

  Potential presidential candidate Newt Gingrich quietly lined up $150,000 to help defeat Iowa justices who threw out a ban on same-sex marriage, routing the money to conservative groups through an aide’s political committee. Gingrich, the former U.S. House speaker who has aggressively courted the conservatives who dominate Iowa’s lead-off presidential caucuses, raised the money for the political arm of Renewing American Leadership, also known as ReAL. That political group, Renewing American Leadership Action, then passed $125,000 to American Family Association Action and an additional $25,000 to the Iowa Christian Alliance — two of the groups that spent millions before
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Stopgap spending bill to Obama by Friday

A divided Congress is about to send President Barack Obama a stopgap funding bill to keep the government open for three more weeks in hopes that budget talks between the White House and Republicans in charge of the House start to bear fruit. Thursday’s measure includes $6 billion in cuts to domestic spending and would be shipped to Obama after a Senate vote that’s likely to be overwhelmingly in favor. Some GOP conservatives are balking because they’re seeking larger spending cuts and an immediate battle over the budget, but both Democratic and Republican leaders support the stopgap bill. The measure
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