Senate Republicans aim divert Planned Parenthood funds in abortion dispute


© Reuters. The Planned Parenthood logo is pictured outside a clinic in Boston By Richard Cowan and Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans seeking to cut all funding to reproductive health group Planned Parenthood over the alleged sale of aborted fetal tissue offered on Wednesday to divert the money to other providers of women’s health. The Republican plan to ...

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Republican Gilmore files paperwork to enter presidential race: AP


© Reuters. Governors Gilmore of Virginia, Ehrlich of Maryland, Walker of Wisconsin, and Pataki of New York share a moment during a sunset cruise with the Belknap County Republicans in Laconia WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore filed the necessary paperwork on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission to join the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the ...

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New Jersey legislator seeks federal loans to bail out state pensions


© Reuters. Senate President Steve Sweeney gives a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey By Hilary Russ (Reuters) – A top New Jersey Democrat wants the federal government to create a low-interest loan program to rescue states with big public pension problems. State Senate President Steve Sweeney called on Wednesday for a nationwide pension debt restructuring plan under which the ...

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House Speaker Boehner brushes off call for his ouster


© Reuters. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner gestures during weekly news conference WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner on Wednesday said he had broad support among his Republican colleagues, and indicated he has no plan for taking up a resolution to remove him from his position. The fellow Republican lawmaker who introduced the resolution ...

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Hillary Clinton to call for lifting Cuban embargo


© Reuters. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton this week will call on U.S. lawmakers to lift the long-standing economic embargo against Cuba, her campaign announced on Wednesday. The former U.S. secretary of state will say on Friday during an appearance at Florida ...

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Canada PM not hopeful that Obama will approve Keystone pipeline


© Reuters. A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne North Dakota OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday he was not hopeful that the United States would approve the northern leg of TransCanada Corp’s (TO:) controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Harper also told Bloomberg Television that ...

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