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Gay candidates for Congress draw interest, hope

Candidates in RI, Calif., bolster advocate hopes of boosting ranks of gays in Congress Laure Rondeau, an 82-year-old Catholic, supports Providence Mayor David Cicilline for Congress because he wants to get the troops out of Afghanistan and says Washington is losing sight of what’s happening to regular people. The sexual…

No recession here: Election spending sets records

More contests, more at stake, looser rules send election spending into the stratosphere Turns out politics, for all its focus on the gloomy economy, is a recession-proof industry. This year’s volatile election is bursting with money, setting fundraising and spending records in a high-stakes struggle for control of Congress amid…

Clemens heads to DC, this time for court

Reputation on the line, Clemens heads to Washington for the first of his many days in court On this trip to Washington, Roger Clemens will be in a courtroom, not in Congress. His defiant stance is expected to remain the same, even if his statement is much shorter. Something along…

Obama: Republican campaign slogan is ‘No we can’t’

President Barack Obama derided his Republican adversaries on a visit to the US heartland Monday, saying their slogan for the upcoming mid-term elections was “No, we can’t.” “You remember when I was running? We had a little slogan, ‘Yes, we can.’ These guys’ slogan is ‘No, we can’t,’” he said…

Federal appeals court in NY rules against ACORN

Federal appeals court in NY tosses decision barring Congress from withholding funds for ACORN A federal appeals court in New York City has thrown out a decision that barred Congress from withholding funds from the activist group ACORN. The ruling Friday reverses a decision by a district court. That judge…

Kucinich: 92,000 reasons to end the wars, pick one

US lawmakers opposed to the Afghan war, emboldened by a huge leak of military files on the conflict, pushed Tuesday for pulling US forces from Pakistan in a blunt challenge to President Barack Obama. The House of Representatives was expected to vote on both an emergency spending bill to pay…

Sen. Kyl: $678-billion tax break for rich should not be offset

Sen. Jon Kyl, Republican of Arizona, believes that any extension to unemployment benefits “ought to be paid for.” But when it comes to the $678-billion cost of extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, the senator says no offsetting is necessary. In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace…

Ex-con Traficant DQ’d from Congress comeback bid

Ex-con Traficant disqualified by Ohio elections officials in bid for congressional combeack Former Ohio Rep. James Traficant has been disqualified in his bid to return to Congress after seven years in prison. Political adviser Linda Kovachik says elections officials in Trumbull County ruled Tuesday that Traficant was short of the…

Kucinich: ‘We are losing our nation to lies about the necessity of war’

In Afghanistan, corruption is rife. It is so abundant, in fact, that a senior US lawmaker declared on Monday that she’d be freezing $3.9 billion in Afghan aid dollars until the situation is addressed. Rep. Nita Lowey’s declaration of principle was made in response to a Wall Street Journal report…

Kucinich: ‘We may be funding our own killers in Afghanistan’

Click for New York Times story: US-backed ‘bribes’ in Afghanistan may be funding Taliban On June 7, the day Afghanistan became America’s longest-ever war, the New York Times reported on an ongoing investigation poised to prove that private security companies “are using American money to bribe the Taliban” to fuel…

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