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25 June 2010 4:48 PM | Tagged: campaign finance laws
As both major parties gear up for the big push toward November's midterm balloting, accusations are flying in many states and districts that one party or the other is recruiting phony candidates so as to distort voter turnout.The idea, most of the accusers allege, is to pick off favored opposition candidates by filling their primary slates with candidates who either poach from their voter base or

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25 June 2010 4:17 PM | Tagged: admiral mike mullen
KABUL – Washington's senior military officer was due to arrive in Afghanistan on Friday to explain the sacking of the allied commander in Kabul as the Obama administration said it was not bogged down in the war.Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, left late Thursday for Afghanistan and Pakistan to reassure regional leaders that the war effort would not be derail

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25 June 2010 4:17 PM | Tagged: pew research center
TU.S N, Ariz.– With the scrawl of a pen, GOP Gov.Jan Brewer of Arizona awakened the dormant but explosive issue of illegal immigration, sending shock waves across the political spectrum in an election year when both parties had hoped to sidestep the topic.Two months after Brewer signed a law instructing police to demand proof of a questionable person's legal status, voters have refocused on

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25 June 2010 3:37 PM | Tagged: corporate management positions
With all the overheated gas blown at us about corporate expertise and corporate excellence and corporate wisdom, what is usually avoided is the reality that the people who gravitate to corporate management positions -- such as the people who ultimately may appear before congressional hearings to explain oil spills -- are not the best and the brightest of society, but usually the not-so-best and n

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25 June 2010 2:57 PM | Tagged: minerals management service
Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has a reputation as a staunch advocate for all Floridians and a moderate voice in the increasingly partisan world of national politics.He was elected to the U.S Senate in November 2000, after serving six years as a member of the Florida cabinet.He currently serves on the Senate Commerce, Armed Services, Budget, Finance, Intelligence, and Aging Committees and is recog

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25 June 2010 2:27 PM | Tagged: admiral mike mullen
WASHINGTON – The top US military officer was en route to Afghanistan Friday to explain the sacking of the allied commander in Kabul as the Obama administration insisted the United States was not bogged down in the fight against the Taliban.Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, departed late Thursday for a tour of Afghanistan and Pakistan to reassure the region's

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25 June 2010 1:07 PM | Tagged: bhp billiton
CANBERRA – New Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard pledged to end a mining tax row as soon as possible after spending her first day in power speaking to world leaders and assuring Washington of Canberra's commitment to Afghanistan.The Labor government appointed Gillard as prime minister on Thursday, fearing defeat at elections later this year as voters deserted incumbent Kevin Rudd over

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25 June 2010 1:07 PM | Tagged: cenk uygur
It looks like the fate of financial reform will get decided on Friday.There have been so many ups and downs in this effort.We've lost so many battles over crucial parts of the bill.It was never that tough to begin with; there are issues with capitalization requirements; there isn't enough control of leverage; the Franken amendment reforming rating agencies should have never been removed.And the l