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Snigdha Nandipati wins National Spelling Bee with ‘guetapens’

San Diego teenager beat eight finalists to triumph in the National Spelling Bee after studying up to six hours a day Snigdha Nandipati has won the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word guetapens. A French-derived word meaning ambush, snare or trap, guetapens were much in evidence…

California split on marijuana legalization, most support medical use: poll

A new poll in the heart of the nationwide pro-marijuana movement finds that attitudes have not changed appreciably since California voters defeated a citizen’s initiative to legalize pot in 2010. The University of Southern……

Is John Edwards verdict the last straw for campaign finance?

John Edwards may have committed many sins, as his defense attorney noted, but a North Carolina jury on Thursday did not convict him of any crimes. The jury returned a not guilty verdict on the key charge in the federal campaign corruption……

Victory for voting rights groups as judge blocks key sections of new Florida law

Voting rights groups are celebrating a significant victory against what they claim is the pernicious spread of anti-democratic legislation across America after a federal judge in Florida blocked key sections of a new state law that discourages voter registration drives. Judge Robert Hinkle slapped down two of the most hotly…

Romney wins endorsement of Nancy Reagan

WASHINGTON — Nancy Reagan, the 90-year-old widow of president Ronald Reagan — an icon among Republican Party faithful — announced that she was endorsing Mitt Romney in this year’s contest. Romney and his wife Ann “joined me at my home for some lemonade and cookies and I offered my firm…

Congress leaders spar, Boehner rejects tax vote

WASHINGTON — US congressional leaders foreshadowed an election-year tax battle Thursday as House Speaker John Boehner nixed a Democrat proposal to vote on extending tax cuts for Americans earning under $1 million per year. Under a proposal laid out last week in a letter to Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi…

Pelosi: Constitutionality of health care reform ‘ironclad’

WASHINGTON — Top congressional Democrat Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she was confident that US President Barack Obama’s health care reform would be upheld by the Supreme Court, saying the law’s constitutionality was “ironclad.” A decision from the high court is due in June, and legal experts have been scrupulously studying…

JPMorgan boss to testify to Congress twice in June

WASHINGTON — JPMorgan Chase’s embattled chief executive Jamie Dimon will be hauled before US lawmakers twice in June to explain the bank’s recent huge trading losses, congressional officials said Thursday. The US Senate Banking Committee said it postponed an appearance by Dimon from June 7 to June 13 to accommodate…

Congresswoman’s spokesman: Hurl some acid at female Democratic Senators

Democratic candidate Richard Becker on Thursday blasted comments made by Rep. Nan Hayworth’s (R-NY) official campaign spokesman. On a Facebook discussion board maintained by local Democratic activists, Jay Townsend mockingly suggested throwing acid on female Senators who supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act but paid their male staffers more…

Families caught in foreclosure crisis unite in national campaign

A national campaign representing more than 50,000 families caught up in America’s foreclosure crisis has been launched, with the aim of making mortgage relief a key issue in battleground states during the 2012 election. The Home Defenders League, launched on Thursday, plans to be active in 17 states across the…

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