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Republicans tie Keystone pipeline to tax cut bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives will include approval of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline in a payroll tax cut bill, House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday, raising the political stakes on the issue. The move by House Republicans marked a challenge to President Barack Obama, who has warned he…

Attorney General Holder vows not to quit in gun sting case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans grilled Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday over a botched gun-smuggling sting in Mexico, with one lawmaker comparing Holder to Nixon-era Attorney General John Mitchell and another saying “heads should roll.” “I have no intention of resigning,” said Holder, who has headed the Justice Department since…

Arizona senators concerned over Arpaio sex crime probes

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona’s two U.S. senators on Thursday expressed concern over media reports accusing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, best known for his crackdown on illegal immigration, of giving short shrift to hundreds of sex-crime investigations. In a joint statement, Republican Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl said the…

Prosecutors want prison for Barry Bonds

(Reuters) – Baseball home-run king Barry Bonds should spend 15 months in prison due to his conviction on a single criminal count related to an investigation over steroids in sports, U.S. prosecutors argued in a court filing. The government’s recommendation on Thursday came after attorneys for Bonds said earlier this…

Romney campaign confident they can ‘outlast Gingrich’

BOSTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s campaign calls rival Newt Gingrich a formidable opponent, but aides to the former Massachusetts governor believe their better organized and well-financed organization can outlast Gingrich. Romney has been at the top of the Republican field for most of the year, often maintaining…

Occupy camp in Boston lives on past deadline

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston police let a midnight deadline slip to clear a park of protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, but the protesters’ camp by early on Friday had shrunk roughly by half. A crowd of several hundred people moved out of the park that protesters had…

Court skeptical of California gay marriage appeal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court appeared skeptical on Thursday toward attempts by California gay marriage opponents to overturn a landmark court decision because the judge overseeing the case did not disclose his own long-term homosexual relationship. California voters banned same sex marriages in 2008 by approving the…

Bill targets exports of web censorship tools

WASHINGTON — A bill aimed at choking off US exports of technology used for Internet surveillance or censorship was introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday. “It’s unconscionable that US technology is putting democracy activists at risk,” said Representative Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey who is behind…

Hitler’s desk set sells for $423,000 in U.S.

NEW YORK — A brass desk set inscribed “AH” and used by Adolf Hitler at the signing of the Munich Pact, which preceded World War II, has sold for $423,000, a US auction house said. The ceremonial desk set, including ink wells and the Nazi crest of an eagle and…

White House targets domestic extremism

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday laid out a plan to implement a government strategy to combat homegrown domestic terrorism and any attempts by Al-Qaeda to seek to radicalize American Muslims. The initiative commits the federal government to work closely with local authorities and communities that may be targeted…

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