Obama offers to meet Perry over immigration  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama, on a trip to Texas, responded to Gov. Rick Perry's request for a meeting on the immigration crisis with an invitation of his own.

Obama invited Perry to a meeting together with faith leaders and local officials in Dallas on Wednesday, according to a letter written by Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. - Full Article


Sen. Robert Menendez seeks probe of alleged Cuban plot to smear him  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Sen. Robert Menendez is asking the Justice Department to pursue evidence obtained by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government concocted an elaborate plot to smear him with allegations that he cavorted with underage prostitutes, according to people familiar with the discussions.

In a letter sent to Justice Department officials, the senator’s attorney asserts that the plot was timed to derail the ­political rise of Menendez (D-N.J.), one of Washington’s most ardent critics of the Castro regime. - Full Article


Hillary Rodham Clinton: By the Book  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

The former secretary of state and author of “Hard Choices” keeps copies of Republican memoirs like “Faith of My Fathers” and “Decision Points” on her shelves.

What books are you reading right now?

I’ve got a pile of books stacked on my night stand that I’m reading — or hoping to get to soon. I’m usually working on more than one at a time. So right now it’s “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt; “Mom & Me & Mom,” by Maya Angelou; and “Missing You,” by Harlan Coben. - Full Interview


2014 Senate landscape tilts in GOP favor  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Contests are set in nearly half the states for November's elections, and with few contested primary elections remaining on the calendar, Republicans are enjoying clear advantages in their quest for a Senate takeover. - Full Article


American Idol Star Clay Aikens Primary Is Too Close to Call, Bio-Wiki-Video  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

The Democratic congressional primary race between former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remained very close and without a clear winner early Wednesday.

Aiken and Crisco each had about 40 percent of the vote, trailed by licensed family counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in Tuesday's primary race in the 2nd Congressional District.

Aiken's first political campaign drew an unusual amount of celebrity buzz thanks to his singing career and a second-place finish on "Celebrity Apprentice." - Full Article

Clay Aiken's Biography Wiki


Scott Brown-Jeanne Shaheen N.H. race costs may set record  

Boston Herald By : Staff Reporting

The heavyweight U.S. Senate showdown between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown — already off to a fast and snippy start with both sides accusing each other of breaking federal elections laws — could shatter records for campaign spending and even top the amount racked up by GOP presidential primary hopefuls in the Granite State two years ago.

“It wouldn’t shock me if it topped $50 million,” said Dante Scala, a campaign finance expert at the University of New Hampshire. - Full Article


J.D. Winteregg Out of a job after controversial campaign video  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

The tea party activist challenging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has lost his teaching job over a racy Web video that went viral last week. J.D. Winteregg, who's received outside support from the Tea Party Leadership Fund in his bid for Boehner's House seat, had been an adjunct professor at Cedarville University, a small Christian college in Cedarville, Ohio, for three years.

Last week, Winteregg was told his contract would not be renewed. - Full Article


Student protesters: Condoleezza Rice is a truly dangerous person  

Star Tribune By : Staff Reporting

Student activists at the University of Minnesota are ratcheting up their protest against a campus visit by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is scheduled to speak Thurday at Northrop Auditorium.

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), which tried and failed to get the U to rescind its invitation to Rice, has sent a letter to the U police chief, Greg Hestness, claiming that a "truly dangerous" person is heading to campus. - Full Article


NH policyholders will realize an 8 percent rate decrease in health care  

FactCheck.org By : Staff Reporting

Republicans cite a new survey to claim health insurance premiums are up 90 percent in New Hampshire because of the Affordable Care Act.

But that figure is based on just one insurance broker in the state. The 90 percent figure is included in a survey of 148 insurance brokers by Morgan Stanley, to help guide investor decisions about stock purchases. - Full Article


Now that Scott Brown has jumped in  

The Daily Beast By : Staff Reporting

Nobody has been a U.S. senator from two different states in more than 100 years, but Scott Brown announced Thursday he will run for New Hampshire's seat after losing his Massachusetts seat in 2012.

Brown, a Republican, will challenge the sitting Democrat, Jeanne Shaheen. - Full Article


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