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Fatah, Hamas agree to form interim government, hold vote

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement and its bitter rival, the Islamist Hamas, struck a deal on Wednesday to form an interim unity government and fix a date for general election, both sides said. The deal, which took many officials by surprise because of profound Fatah-Hamas divisions…

Embracing ‘Citizens United,’ Dems to welcome undisclosed donors

Despite their prior criticism, Democratic strategists are following Republicans into the forum of undisclosed political donations, engaging in an arms race of-sorts to drum up more outside-party cash than their opponents in 2012. The change in strategy comes at the amusement of conservatives, who out-gunned Democrats in political donations during…

Poll: Russ Feingold ties Scott Walker in potential Wisconsin recall

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) would give Gov. Scott Walker (R) a run for his money in a hypothetical recall election in Wisconsin, according to a new poll. The two each won 48 percent of voters in a statewide survey conducted by the firm Ethridge & Associates. Asked whether Walker…

Iran’s Ahmadinejad in new showdown with conservatives

TEHRAN — Iran is bracing for a fresh showdown between supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and some conservatives as simmering tensions build in the run-up to the March 2012 parliamentary election. The aborted resignation of Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi set off a conservative storm against the president’s entourage, with the…

Democrats broaden push for campaign donor transparency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic congressman filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Federal Election Commission, widening efforts to expose anonymous campaign donations as the 2012 U.S. election gets under way. Representative Chris van Hollen, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives’ Budget Committee, filed the suit challenging FEC…

Wisconsin State Senator Randy Hopper directing callers to adult chat line

A recalled Republican Wisconsin state senator who lives outside his district with a mistress is directing constituents to adult chat lines that welcome callers with the greeting, “Hey there, sexy guy…” Sen. Randy Hopper lists his office number in a quarterly letter as 1-888-736-8729, which leads to a recording telling…

Jonathan on course to win Nigerian presidency

ABUJA (AFP) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan was on course to win the country’s elections on Monday, as official results showed him with a huge lead, but sporadic riots broke out in the north over rigging fears. Millions of voters turned out for Saturday’s election as Africa’s most populous nation…

Republicans will make US a ‘Third World’ country: Obama

CHICAGO (AFP) – US President Barack Obama accused his Republican foes of wanting to turn the United States into a “Third World” country Thursday as he rallied support for his reelection campaign. The attack came a day after Obama savaged Republican budget plans and unveiled his $4 trillion deficit reduction…

Obama: ‘Birther’ claims will hurt Republicans in 2012

President Barack Obama dismissed conspiracy theorists, known as “birthers,” who have recently been brought back into the media spotlight by billionaire real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump. During an interview with ABC News Chief Political Correspondent George Stephanopoulos on Thursday, Obama suggested the majority of Americans would not…

Rep. Baldwin asks for federal investigation into Wisc. Supreme Court election

Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D) is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to begin an investigation into the handling of votes cast in the state’s Waukesha County. Republican county clerk Kathy Nickolaus claimed last week that she had found thousands of unreported votes, which gave incumbent David Prosser a more…

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