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Jay Leno, Tony Blair to speak at U.S. Republican retreat

Comedian Jay Leno performs a stand-up act as he accepts the Mark Twain Prize for Humor onstage at the Kennedy Center in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans, two weeks into controlling both houses of Congress, have invited comedian Jay Leno and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to speak at their annual retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania, party aides said on Tuesday. The closed-door Republican gathering will be held on Thursday and Friday at Hershey Lodge, near Hersheypark, the chocolate company's family theme park in central Pennsylvania. ...


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Obama sits down with leaders of new GOP-run Congress

President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders paid lip service to the notion of bipartisanship in their first meeting of the year Tuesday, but neither side appeared to give ground on GOP ...

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Blair apologises for error that saw Irish bomb suspect go free

Former Prime Minister Blair leaves the Houses of Parliament in LondonBy Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Former British prime minister Tony Blair on Tuesday defended a scheme informing Irish nationalist militants they were no longer wanted by police, but apologised that such a letter was wrongly sent to a man wanted over a deadly car bombing in London. Suspected members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) received the letters as part of a 1998 peace deal that largely ended three decades of sectarian violence over Britain's rule of Northern Ireland that cost 3,600 lives. ...


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UK’s Blair apologizes for error that saw Irish bomb suspect go free

Former Prime Minister Blair leaves the Houses of Parliament in LondonBy Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Former British prime minister Tony Blair on Tuesday defended a scheme informing Irish nationalist militants they were no longer wanted by police, but apologized that such a letter was wrongly sent to a man wanted over a deadly car bombing in London. Suspected members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) received the letters as part of a 1998 peace deal that largely ended three decades of sectarian violence over Britain's rule of Northern Ireland that cost 3,600 lives. ...


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Judge denies Virginia ex-governor’s bid for bond pending appeal

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell addresses the media after his sentencing hearing in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday rejected former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell's request to remain free on bond pending his appeal of a two-year prison term for corruption convictions. McDonnell, 60, is due to report to the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Feb. 9. He was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge James Spencer last week. The former Republican governor, once mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, was convicted in September of 11 charges. ...


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Kamala Harris and the New Democratic Hope

The last time California had a male or Republican senator, George H.W. Bush was president, Boyz II Men was dominating the charts, and Czechoslovakia was still a country. And a young lawyer named Kamala Harris had barely begun her career as a district a...

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House GOP majority aiming to soften financial overhaul law

The newly bulked-up Republican majority in the House is aiming to soften the bite of legislation that grew out of the 2008 financial crisis and put banks and Wall Street under the most sweeping rules since ...

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House GOP majority aiming to soften financial overhaul law

The newly bulked-up Republican majority in the House is aiming to soften the bite of legislation that grew out of the 2008 financial crisis and put banks and Wall Street under the most sweeping rules since ...

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New Illinois governor orders spending freeze

Republican Bruce Rauner smiles after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, IllinoisBy Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois' new governor, Bruce Rauner, took his first shot Monday at addressing the state's crippling financial crisis, ordering all state agencies to freeze non-essential spending. State workers were also instructed to turn down office thermostats and turn off lights to save money when their offices are not in use, according to a wide-ranging executive order from the Republican first-time officeholder and former private equity investor. In his inaugural address, Rauner said Illinois' history of bad fiscal management was hurting the state's ability to ...


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New Illinois governor orders spending freeze

Republican Bruce Rauner smiles after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, IllinoisBy Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois' new governor, Bruce Rauner, took his first shot Monday at addressing the state's crippling financial crisis, ordering all state agencies to freeze non-essential spending. State workers were also instructed to turn down office thermostats and turn off lights to save money when their offices are not in use, according to a wide-ranging executive order from the Republican first-time officeholder and former private equity investor. In his inaugural address, Rauner said Illinois' history of bad fiscal management was hurting the state's ability to ...


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