Defiant Perry Defends Veto That Led to Indictment  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday defended the veto that led a grand jury to indict him on two felony counts of abuse of power, noting that even some Democrats have questioned the move by prosecutors.

"I stood up for the rule of law in the state of Texas, and if I had to do it again I would make exactly the same decision," Perry, a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said. - Full Article


Hillary Clinton planning to hug it out with Obama  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she hopes she and President Obama can hug it out like friends at a Martha's Vineyard soiree Wednesday -- her attempt to make up for dissing Obama's foreign policy in a magazine interview this week.

Clinton ripped Obama's Syria strategy and dismissed his onetime foreign policy catchphrase as small bore. - Full Article


Cantor to resign from House seat in August  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

After a surprise primary election loss, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.

The congressman will step down Aug. 18 and ask Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately, Cantor spokesman Doug Heye said Friday. - Full Article


Blaming the flirtatious wife? Ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell's trial turns tabloid  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

As governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell was a savvy southerner often talked about as a hot Republican presidential prospect for 2016. Now he’s fighting to stay out of jail.

The fall-from-grace narrative is a classic one, a rising-star politician who accepted lavish gifts from a rich businessman seeking help from state government. - Full Article


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


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