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Republicans flex muscle, Obama promises ‘corrections’

Republicans flexed their new-found political muscle on Sunday by promising a string of investigations into Barack Obama’s administration, as the president vowed to make some “corrections.” By seizing the House of Representatives in last Tuesday’s mid-term elections, Republicans gained the chairmanship of powerful House committees that can seek to embarrass…

White House says no laws broken in US Senate race row

WASHINGTON — The White House insisted Friday that it broke no laws by asking ex-president Bill Clinton to find out whether a Democratic Senate candidate would quit his race if he was offered a job. The Obama administration defended its efforts to persuade Joe Sestak not to run in Pennsylvania…

Washington power sits uneasily after vote backlash

More political bloodletting likely looming in November Incumbent US lawmakers of all political stripes squirmed uneasily in their seats Wednesday after angry voters in key nominating races delivered a stinging anti-Washington backlash. Results from Tuesday’s primary elections, reflecting voter anger at economic blight, Wall Street bailouts and establishment politicians, suggested…

Angry voters look to punish more incumbents

Senator Arlen Specter seized headlines in April 2009 by quitting the Republican party to become a Democrat. This week he may grab them again by losing the very reelection bid he had hoped to save. Specter could become another high-profile casualty of angry voters eager to punish incumbents in a…

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