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Senate GOP Leader McConnell endorses earmark ban

In a reversal, Senate GOP Leader endorses halt to district spending projects The top Republican in the Senate has reversed course and endorsed a moratorium on pork-barrel projects known as “earmarks.” Those are special funding requests lawmakers slip into legislation for home-state projects. Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell says he’s heeding…

Obama mocks ‘out of touch’ GOP leader: Financial crisis no ‘ant’

US President Barack Obama lampooned Republicans over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Wednesday, seeking to turn a disaster that has been a political liability for him into a political weapon. Obama cited a gaffe by a leading Republican lawmaker who said the US government’s hardline tactics were a “tragedy”…